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DataStax Installer with Vagrant

I’ve continued to make improvements to my “Cassandra on Vagrant” project (Using Vagrant for Local Cassandra Development) which shows how to install open-source Cassandra or DataStax Enterprise in a variety of different ways. Using Vagrant is very helpful for local development and testing. Virtual images can be created very quickly and can be erased when done, keeping your primary development system clean.

Recently I added an example which uses the DataStax Enterprise (DSE) standalone installer which first appeared in DSE 4.5. The standalone installer normally runs in a graphical UI mode, but can also be run in an unattended mode which I’m using here.

To play with the examples, grab a copy of the Vagrant projects from GitHub: bcantoni/vagrant-cassandra. Once you have Vagrant and VirtualBox set up, check out example 5. DSE Installer and go through the setup.

On my Mac laptop, creating a 3-node DSE cluster takes less than 5 minutes. (The speed is greatly improved because we only need to download the installer once.) The installer has several options for running in unattended mode, so the installation can be customized as needed.

See the code and more details at bcantoni/vagrant-cassandra.

Using Vagrant for Local Cassandra Development

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Ever since joining DataStax this year, I’ve spent a lot of time learning and using both Cassandra and the DataStax Enterprise version of it. To really get into it, I wanted to be able to quickly build up and tear down local clusters, without affecting my primary development system (Mac PowerBook).

Vagrant’s tagline says it well:

Create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable development environments.

To help those that want to learn and develop with Cassandra, I’ve created a set of sample “getting started” templates and shared them on GitHub: bcantoni/vagrant-cassandra

Take a look at the screencasts linked below, then check out the GitHub project for the detailed instructions.

Joined DataStax Engineering Team

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In April I joined DataStax as a director of engineering on the DataStax Enterprise engineering team. I meant to post something here during my first week, but have been kind of busy since I started (understatement!). We sell an enterprise-class version of the open-source Cassandra database, along with service, support, and training. We also support the Cassandra community and the open-source project itself (the Apache Cassandra committee chair and many committers are all DataStax employees).

My first five week have been both busy and exciting. Here are some observations and highlights so far:

  • It’s great to work for a smaller company once again – everyone is very motivated and focused on the mission, and it’s a very small circle of decision-makers.
  • I’ve worked for companies with remote workers before (especially Citrix), but here we take it to a whole new level. We just call it a “distributed” workforce. In particular the engineering team is spread literally around the world. Many of our job postings list the location as “Anywhere, World” which is quite appropriate.
  • We really like using SaaS based products, and have hardly any “infrastructure” hardware/servers of our own (just a few systems for Engineering & QA). Everything else is “in the cloud”.
  • I’ve had a big learning curve on distributed NoSQL databases in general, Cassandra, and all of the DataStax products.

DataStax is really growing quickly and we’re looking for strong people in a variety of areas. Check out the DataStax Careers page for current openings and let me know if I can help make a referral for you.

In particular these are some key open positions in my group:

  • Driver & Tools Engineer
  • Java Engineer
  • Software Engineer in Test

This Jobvite link will take you to the details page for those 3 positions.