Use Your MySQL Knowledge to Become an Instant Cassandra Guru

3 April 2:00PM - 2:50PM @ Ballroom D

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50 minutes conference
Cassandra is a widely used NoSQL DBMS that offers advanced replication, built-in HA, and column-family organization. At first glance it seems radically different. Is Cassandra a replacement for MySQL or is it something entirely new? Tim and Robert will set out to prove that even though Cassandra looks very different on top, underneath it depends on many principles you already know from MySQL. The trick is to ask the right questions. In this talk we will demonstrate how to lean on your knowledge of MySQL topics like client tools, schema design, query optimization, indexing, replication, and high availability to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of Cassandra. Use your MySQL expertise to identify those questions and unlock your inner guru!


Senior Staff Engineer, VMware
Robert Hodges is the former CEO of Continuent, which was acquired by VMWare in late 2014. He works on cloud data management services for VMware’s cloud offering, vCloud Air. Robert has over three decades in the field of databases and has worked with technologies ranging from pre-relational systems to Hadoop and NoSQL. He has a wide range of technical interests and is currently focused on DBMS operation in hybrid clouds.
VP/Engineering, Tokutek
Tim Callaghan is the Vice President of Engineering at Tokutek, creators of TokuDB. A long time database fanatic, Tim has 20 years experience building and administering database applications for commercial and internal usage. Tim spent two years at VoltDB, where he led the field engineering efforts, was the point contact for all commercial and community customers, and served as Product Manager. Before that, he was the Chief System Architect at CrunchTime Information Systems, building their SaaS restaurant solutions and distributed database offerings for the cruise industry.