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Apache Spark / Apache Cassandra Integration

We are really excited to have Matt Pfeil and Rustam Aliyev from DataStax over with us for the next MeetUp. We will focus specifically on Spark and Cassandra which is going to be a hot topic in the analytics world this year.


19:00 – Reception (with drinks and snacks)
19:30 – Matt Pfeil presentation on Spark in Cassandra
20:00 - Rustam Aliyev (technical deep dive)
20:30 – Q&A 
21:00 –  Networking 


By integrating Apache Spark and Apache Cassandra, lightning-fast analytics are now embedded into the transaction processing of the Distributed DBMS

DataStax, the company that delivers Apache Cassandra to the Enterprise, last month announced a partnership with Databricks, the company founded by the creators of Apache Spark. As the database industry’s first partnership to integrate Spark and Cassandra, DataStax and Databricks will deliver significantly faster analytics to users of both open source technologies and enable today’s most progressive businesses to deliver highly personalized online customer experiences.

Partnership will deliver open source code back to the Apache Spark and Apache Cassandra communities to ensure that developers always have the most cutting-edge technologies

Matt Pfeil

Matt is Chief Customer Officer & Co-Founder at DataStax. Prior to DataStax, Matt built and managed the Email and Apps infrastructure development group at Rackspace.

Prior to Rackspace, Matt was at where he worked in various management roles in infrastructure and scalability. Matt holds a BS from Virginia Tech in Computer Science.

Rustam Aliyev

Solutions Architect at DataStax. Background in mobile telecoms and ISPs. Previously software engineer at Skype. Author of ElasticInbox, an open source email storage system running on Cassandra.


In addition to the talks there will be, as usual, plenty of opportunity to meet other Cassandra users and enjoy robust discussions around NoSQL.

Special thanks to Skills Matter who are hosting us for this event!

Big thanks to long term supporter DataStax. DataStax are one of the largest supporters of the Cassandra project and offer comprehensive support as well as their own distribution of Cassandra, Hadoop and Solr (DataStax Enterprise).

NOTE: We are unable to cater for any attendees under the age of 18. Please do not sign up for this event if you are under 18.

Getting there:

By Underground

The nearest Underground station is Barbican station on the Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines. To reach Skills Matter, exit Barbican station, turn left onto Aldersgate Street, go straight over the large junction onto Goswell Road. Walk up on Goswell Road until you reach number[masked] on your right. The cross street is Bastwick Street. Other Underground stations nearby are Faringdon, Angel and Old Street.

By Car

Check out Parkopedia for details of nearby parking.

By Bike

Check out a cycling map around us. During an event, you can store your bicycle at the reception area, but please let one of our staff know on arrival. Please note that your bike will be left at your own risk.

If you are arriving or departing using a Barclays Cycle Hire bike, there is a docking station on the opposite side of the street, outside the British Lung Foundation building.

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