Amazon definitely piqued our interest by announcing their new Managed Cassandra Service (MCS) yesterday. As a database vendor, we’ve been asked by many about our view and even whether they’re running Scylla under the hood since they promise single digit latency. Here is our quick analysis while the discussion is still being hotly debated on Hacker News.
Looking back at the year and a half since our last round of funding, it’s gratifying to recognize the progress we’ve made in the past 18 months. We grew the number of paying customers by 5X! We’ve advanced 80 places on db-engines. We’ve launched an impressive set of new features and capabilities to tackle whole new use cases, as we’ve documented in more than 100 blog posts!
About Scylla’s Alternator Project Alternator is an open source project that gives Scylla compatibility with Amazon DynamoDB™. Our goal is that any application written for Amazon DynamoDB could be run, unmodified, against Scylla with Alternator enabled. Originally, Scylla began as a re-implementation of Apache Cassandra, and it has since proven to be a solid database engine with key performance and TCO benefits over Cassandra. However, we always considered Cassandra to be just a starting point. Now a 5-year old project, Scylla is able to scale to hundreds of machines, petabytes of data and many regions and availability zones. Scylla can […]
Earlier this month, we gathered all our developers from around the world in Herzliya, Israel, beside the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. We spent an entire week sharing our latest work with our peers, learning from each other in intensive sessions, and bonding together by forming into teams for a series of fun activities. The days were intensive but very interesting and meaningful to all.
To quote Bob Dylan, “the times they are a changin’.” Microsoft loves Linux, IBM buys Red Hat, RedisLabs changes their module license to Commons Clause, Mongo invents Server Side Public License (SSPL) and moves from AGPL, AWS open sources Firecracker and releases a Kafka service, and the hot news from Friday, Confluent changes its license for components of the Confluent Platform from Apache 2.0 to the Confluent Community License. A few weeks ago I wrote about MongoDB’s SSPL, which is similar to Confluent’s new license. You could say the Confluent Community License is to the Apache license as MongoDB SSPL […]
“And now for our main event! Ladies and gentlemen, in this corner, weighing in at 34% of the cloud infrastructure market, the reigning champion and leader of the public cloud…. Amazon!” Amazon has unparalleled expertise at maximizing scalability and availability for a vast array of customers using a plethora of software products. While Amazon offers software products like DynamoDB, it’s database-as-a-service is only one of their many offerings. “In the other corner is today’s challenger — young, lightning quick and boasting low-level Big Data expertise… ScyllaDB!” Unlike Amazon, our company focuses exclusively on creating the best database for distributed data […]
The acquisition of Red Hat by IBM caught many, including myself, by surprise. It’s not that such an option was never on the table. During the time I was at Red Hat (2008-2012) such ideas were tossed about. Funny to say, but in 2012 Red Hat seemed too expensive a play. Revenues rose sharply since, and so has the price. Before we dive into whether this move will save IBM, let’s first tip our caps for Red Hat, one of the most important technology companies. Red Hat is an innovator of the open source business model. The leader of the […]
It’s never been simple to be an Open Source vendor. With the rise of the cloud and the emergence of software as a service, the open source monetization model continues to encounter risks and challenges. A recent example can be found in MongoDB, the most prevalent NoSQL OSS vendor, which just changed its license from AGPL license to a new, more-restrictive license called SSPL. This article will cover why MongoDB made this change, and the problems and risks of the new model. We’ll show how SSPL broadens the definition of copyleft to an almost impossible extent and argue that MongoDB would […]
Scylla Summit is the event we host every year where you can learn from your industry-leading colleagues, find out the latest in our technology vision and roadmap, and share your own ideas and opinions on what’s important to you and where we should take Scylla next. You want to get the most out of your database instances. At Scylla Summit 2018, learn everything you need to know from our team and your peers about overcoming scaling issues, getting the lowest-possible latencies, and ensuring you run your database operations with the highest availability. REGISTER NOW! Use the code BLOG50 to get […]
I’m pleased to announce that we’ve closed another round of funding for ScyllaDB. This latest round, which brings us to a total of $35M in funding, was preemptive. That is, we had an opportunity to secure it well in advance of actually needing it. We’re glad for the opportunity this has given us to work with new investor TLV Partners, to double down on Sales and Marketing, and to accelerate our answer to the growing demand for Scylla as a service. I’d like to take this opportunity to also share some of our recent successes and a glimpse of where […]