Managing Cassandra Workloads at Scale with DataStax on VMware Tanzu

August 18, 2022

This blog post was co-written by Michaela Lindsay, product marketing manager for VMware Marketplace, and Arjun Gupta, pre-sales data architect at DataStax.

Modern, scale-out, cloud native applications require a transformational data architecture that enables improved operating economics, developer productivity, and faster time-to-market. DataStax Enterprise (DSE) on VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid brings smoother provisioning and operations of DataStax Enterprise data clusters on VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid.

By using DSE on Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, enterprises can gain the high performance, linear scalability, and always-on availability of DSE, plus the operational reliability and usability of VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. Learn more about our partnership and how we work together by reading below and checking out the joint solution brief.

DataStax: The open stack for modern data apps

DataStax is best known as the Cassandra company for its ownership of the open source Apache project by the same name. Ahead of its time, the Cassandra database was built from the ground up to support 100 percent uptime and infinite, global scale. This is achieved via a truly masterless and fully partition-tolerant architecture that fits perfectly with the scalable containerization of Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. Of course, managing any database at the scale and speed needed by modern enterprises takes a lot of expertise and effort. DataStax’s product line makes the world’s most scalable database, Cassandra, accessible and manageable by providing the monitoring, security, and operations features needed for a robust, enterprise-grade deployment.

DataStax Enterprise is hardened by the largest internet apps, proven by the Fortune 100, and supports more NoSQL workloads, from graph to search and analytics.

Short list of technologies that are compatible with DataStax Enterprise, including Spring, GraphQL, and VMware Tanzu

DataStax Enterprise

The benefit of VMware Tanzu 

With the VMware Tanzu portfolio of products, VMware enables customers to make the most of modern applications on any cloud. The Tanzu portfolio provides the foundation of a modern application platform that drives scale across multi-cloud and Kubernetes operations—with the right levels of connectivity, governance, observability, and automation.

VMware Tanzu enables customers’ software supply chain to be more secure—all the way from application development to having their apps running in production. Moreover, the portfolio offers a cohesive developer experience across any Kubernetes to speed up application development and delivery cycles. It’s all about modern apps powered by VMware Tanzu.

How we work together 

DataStax Enterprise is purpose-made to support the same exact scalability, partition tolerance, and high-availability needs that Tanzu Kubernetes Grid is built for. Together we are able to achieve true, infinite horizontal scale to support the most mission-critical applications, where every minute of downtime means critical damage to the enterprise’s bottom line.

DataStax Enterprise on Tanzu Kubernetes Grid

For enterprises that want to self-manage Cassandra clusters, DSE is an open, hybrid stack built on Apache Cassandra that reduces operational burden, avoids vendor lock-in, and unleashes developer productivity. It amplifies the benefits of Cassandra with superior performance and trusted security. 

Benefits and use cases of DataStax Enterprise on Tanzu Kubernetes Grid

With use cases across omni-channel applications (e.g., retail), app modernization (data-rich applications, transaction processing, and personalization), and cloud native apps (for hybrid or on-premises environments), DSE on Tanzu Kubernetes Grid provides high performance, linear scalability, and low latency.

High availability and linear scalability on prem, in public clouds, or across hybrid environments – Built-in high availability in your cluster and data centers, across clouds, whether in your own private cloud, public clouds, or hybrid environments, without being locked in to any cloud vendor. Leveraging VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, operators gain global visibility, scalable operations, and consistent policy management to their modern apps by centralizing Kubernetes across teams and clouds.

Superior performance NoSQL on a single platform – Blisteringly fast write and read transactions for NoSQL workloads

Increased productivity, with peace of mind – Gain all the benefits of Cassandra, with increased productivity for operators when running DataStax Enterprise on VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. Allow developers to move fast with self-service access to Kubernetes in their chosen environment, with security and policy guardrails in place.

Cluster lifecycle management – Provision DSE on Tanzu Kubernetes Grid clusters and manage the lifecycle of the clusters across environments

Next steps  

To learn more about our partnership and how DataStax and VMware Tanzu are working together, check out the joint solution brief, or get in touch with the DataStax team or your VMware Tanzu sales representative. 

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