It's great to be ushering in a new year of Cassandra London. Cassandra has come along way since we launched at the end of 2010 - recently judged as one of the 10 most important open source projects of 2011 (https://www.linux.com/news/featured-blogs/196:zonker/524082:the-10-most-important-open-source-projects-of-2011).
We're kicking off 2012 with a great line up of speakers. Rustam Aliyev (http://www.linkedin.com/in/aliyev) has been a member of the group since the very beginning and is now ready to share his experiences implementing Cassandra as an email storage system at Elastic Inbox (http://www.elasticinbox.com/). Courtney Robinson (http://twitter.com/zcourts) is another regular member who spoke about CQL (http://www.meetup.com/Cassandra-London/events/15490573/) back when it was bleeding edge. He's now going to give us an update on what's new.
In addition to the talks there will be, as usual, plenty of opportunity to meet other Cassandra users and enjoy robust discussions around NoSQL.
Cassandra London would not be what it is without its dedicated supporters. Thanks to Acunu (http://www.acunu.com/) for their long-term support and sponsorship (they pay for the free beer and pizza). If you're looking for professional Cassandra support I recommend you check out Acunu's training, consultancy and support products (http://www.acunu.com/training-consultancy/). I'd also like to welcome Visual DNA, the leading audience data provider, who are sponsoring this month. Visual DNA (http://www.visualdna.com/) are currently hiring engineers (http://www.visualdna.com/careers-at-visualdna/) (Cassandra experience a bonus!)
Finally, if you're interested in speaking at Cassandra London, please get in touch! The most interesting talks are always those where real users explain their use case.
7pm Arrive, enjoy the free beer and pizza
7.30pm Talk: Rustam Aliyev (https://twitter.com/rstml) on Cassandra as an email storage system
8pm Talk: Courtney Robinson (https://twitter.com/zcourts) on CQL - then and now
8.30pm Finish up, head for the Slaughtered Lamb for more discussions