Past Meetup

Cassandra at Instagram with Rick Branson

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For our second meetup, Rick Branson, Infrastructure Engineer at Instagram, has offered to present on Instagram's utilization of Apache Cassandra as a critical part of their infrastructure. As part of this presentation, we'll have a round of Q&A with Rick to ensure that everyone's questions are answered.

Be sure to come straight from the office, as food and beverage will be served.

I hope you're able to join us!


Cassandra is a critical part of Instagram's large scale site infrastructure that supports more than 100 million active users. This talk is a practical deep dive into data models, systems architecture, and challenges encountered during the implementation process.

About Rick

Rick is an Infrastructure Engineer at Instagram where he spends his days building scalable systems to deal with their meteoric growth rates. Rick is a totally impatient dude, so he’s spent the last 10 years obsessed with making complex production systems faster and more reliable. Previously he was a Solutions Architect at DataStax, and has held various engineering roles at Coroutine, Mosaik Solutions, and FedEx.


6:30pm - Food/Beverage Served

7:00pm - Cassandra at Instagram

7:30pm - Q&A/Social

P.S. Instagram partook in a recent interview with ( on their switch to Cassandra from Redis, cutting costs by 75%; be sure to check out this interview here (