Cassandra is a hybrid non-relational database in the same class as Google’s BigTable. It is more featureful than a key/value store like Riak, but supports fewer query types than a document store like MongoDB. Cassandra was started by Facebook and later transferred to the open-source community. It is an ideal runtime database for web-scale domains like social networks. up and running with cassandra :: snax
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