Cassandra London Meetup - comparing other NoSQL solutions

This month we're focusing on analysing other distributed databases, and MongoDB , to see how they compare to Cassandra. The idea is to try to get an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of the different approaches and the use-cases they might be suitable for. It's also, arguably, an interesting month for anyone who is currently evaluating NoSQL solutions.

As usual, there's free beer and pizza and we will be heading to the pub afterward for more robust discussions! Please come along!

7.00pm Meet and chat with other Cassandra users
7.30pm David Mytton on MongoDB
8.00pm Russell Smith on Riak
8.30pm Finish up; more discussions then off to the pub

David Mytton on MongoDB

An introduction to MongoDB and how it might compare with Cassandra.


David has been a PHP/Python programmer for 10 years and runs his own server monitoring startup, Server Density. This has been using MongoDB for 2+ years and inserts 3.5TB of data a month. He also runs the London Mongo user group.

Russell Smith on Riak

An introduction to Riak, including an example use case and how it compares with Cassandra.


Russell is a consultant specialising in helping start ups and growing companies with web-related technology; mostly ops, disaster recovery, infrastructure, capacity planning and databases.

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  • Russell S.

    Good meetup! Enjoyed talking and the discussions afterwards at the pub :-)

    July 20, 2011

  • Andre M.

    is there sound on this vid?...

    July 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    The videos from last night's meeting are available to view here:

    July 19, 2011

  • David G.

    I think the talks gave an excellent overview of the differences. It would have been good to have a slightly longer Q+A and perhaps a chance to go over some example use-cases that fit each solution. Although those who attended the pub certainly helped contribute to a lively debate. I think this theme will be repeated at future meetups!

    July 19, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun, lively discussion down the pub afterwards. Great to see the Cassandra community out and thanks for allowing us to talk about MongoDB!

    July 19, 2011

  • David G.

    Just to confirm - tonight's meetup starts at 7pm.

    July 18, 2011

  • Russell S.

    Should be an interesting one! If anyone has any questions about Riak they would like covered in my comparison talk, do let me know.

    July 6, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

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    June 7, 2011

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