Data / Kubernetes

Pancakes, Spatulas and Why Abstracting Data Is the Next Frontier

29 Dec 2020 6:00am, by

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Look at the past 70 years and it’s apparent not much has changed in how we view computers. As DataStax Chief Strategy Officer Sam Ramji said, the big concepts all rotate on the principles of simplicity. The mainframe era brought us networks and applications. By the first decade of the 21st century, the networks started to scale. The second decade brought us Docker and its packaging of Linux containers (LXC). Kubernetes followed with a further standardizing for how to deal with the necessary orchestration that containers required.

That’s a decade of simplifying and standardizing how you do compute.

“So now we’re at the precipice of the 2020s,” Ramji said, during a recent podcast recording. “And this feels like the decade of data now that we’re building on top of those large, you know, billion elements, scaling systems. How do we make data fluid? How do we make it containerized? How do we make it Kubernetes-native and cloud native? Those are the kinds of things at the edge of practice that I see right now.”

Data management in a cloud native environment at scale can be difficult. DataStax, which offers a NoSQL data platform, is trying to solve this problem with Kubernetes and the recently released K8ssandra, its open source distribution which helps make Cassandra much easier to deploy on Kubernetes.

K8ssandra installs with a configurable Helm chart that contains all of the components needed to make Cassandra run well in a Kubernetes world — automating the process of downloading the right containers, setting them up in your control plane, and initiating all of the necessary cron jobs.

To learn more about data management on Kubernetes with Cassandra and K8ssandra, The New Stack is kicking off the New Year with a Virtual Pancake and Podcast breakfast, sponsored by DataStax. We’ll sit down for a discussion on Jan. 12, 2021, at 9 a.m. PT, and pass the syrup with Mya Pitzeruse, software engineer and OSS contributor from effx; Sam Ramji, chief strategy officer at Datastax; and Tom Offermann, lead software engineer at New Relic.

But first, we want to hear from all of you Kubernetes users out there! What questions do you have about data on Kubernetes, Cassandra and K8ssandra?

Send us your questions to @TheNewStack on Twitter and enter for a chance to win your very own Star Wars spatula set.

OFFICIAL VIRTUAL PANCAKES SWEEPSTAKES RULES

In concert with our virtual pancake & podcast breakfast with DataStax, The New Stack will hold a random drawing to select a winner for a Star Wars spatula set from Williams-Sonoma.

Anyone may enter the contest starting on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, by tweeting a question to The New Stack’s Twitter handle, @thenewstack before or during the virtual pancake breakfast and podcasts. Anyone who sends us a question will receive a form to enter into a random drawing to win. Anyone may also enter the drawing here.

The New Stack never has and never will share your personal information and will only use your email for the purposes of contacting the winner.

The likelihood of winning will depend on the total number of entrants, estimated to be in the 1/100 to 1/500 range.

The New Stack will choose a winner after the virtual event takes place, no later than Jan. 31, 2021, through a random drawing of all entries. The winner will be notified via the email address they provide. We will send spatula sets to any location within North America. Winners located outside of North America will instead receive an Amazon gift card of equal value ($65).

Address questions about the event or sweepstakes to help@thenewstack.io.

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