For decades, organizations relied on traditional relational database management systems (RDBMS) to organize, store, and analyze their data.
But then Facebook came along, and an RDBMS was suddenly not quite enough. The social giant needed a powerful database solution for its Inbox Search feature, and Apache Cassandra—a distributed NoSQL database—was born.
Released as an open source project in July 2008, Cassandra— named after the mythological prophet who famously put a curse on an oracle—became an Apache Incubator project in March 2009. It graduated to a top-level project in February 2010.
Cassandra adoption has significantly increased over the last few years, and for good reason: the distributed database delivers a ton of value.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the big benefits of Cassandra.