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Thursday, February 12
 

9:30am PST

Breakfast & Registration
Thursday February 12, 2015 9:30am - 10:15am PST
California Ballroom (2nd Floor)

10:15am PST

Become an Internet Enterprise, with DataStax
Learn how innovative companies are using NoSQL technologies like Apache Cassandra to reinvent their business and build smart online applications. DataStax executives will share their knowledge on harnessing the power of big data to drive strategic business decisions.

Speakers
avatar for Amy McNee

Amy McNee

VP Global Customer Operations, DataStax
Amy McNee is the VP of Global Customer Operations.


Thursday February 12, 2015 10:15am - 11:00am PST
San Jose (2nd Floor)

10:15am PST

Getting Started with Apache Cassandra and DataStax

This is a crash course introduction to Cassandra. You'll step away understanding how it's possible to to utilize this distributed database to achieve high availability across multiple data centers, scale out as your needs grow, and not be woken up at 3am just because a server failed. We'll cover the basics of data modeling with CQL, and understand how that data is stored on disk. We'll wrap things up by setting up Cassandra locally, so bring your laptops.


Speakers
avatar for Jon Haddad

Jon Haddad

Apache Cassandra Evangelist, DataStax
Jon Haddad has 10 years experience in both development and operations working at startups in southern California. For the last 2 years he's been a committer to cqlengine, the Python object mapper for Cassandra. He's now a Technical Evangelist at Datastax, continuing to focus on... Read More →
avatar for Luke Tillman

Luke Tillman

Apache Cassandra Language Evangelist, DataStax
Luke Tillman is a Language Evangelist for Apache Cassandra at DataStax, with a focus on the .NET community but a passion for polyglot. He’s spent over 15 years as a software engineer, writing code for web applications both large and small. Prior to DataStax, he worked as a software... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am PST
San Francisco (2nd Floor)

10:15am PST

Apache Cassandra and Spark. You got the lighter, let’s spark the fire.

Apache Cassandra has proven to be one of the best solutions for storing and retrieving time series data at high velocity and high volume. This talk will give you an overview of the many ways you can be successful by introducing Apache Cassandra concepts. We will discuss how the storage model of Cassandra is well suited for this pattern and go over examples of how best to build data models. There will also be examples of how you can use Apache Spark along with Apache Cassandra to create a real time data analytics platform. It’s so easy, you will be shocked and ready to try it yourself.


Speakers
avatar for Patrick McFadin

Patrick McFadin

Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra, DataStax
Patrick McFadin is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am PST
Sacramento (2nd Floor)

11:00am PST

Activision: Using Massive Datasets to Improve User Experiences Through Personalization

In 2014, with the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Activision released a system for messaging its users with highly personalized and contextually relevant communications designed to enhance the user experience and deepen user engagement. The key to success relied on Activision’s ability to assemble and react to massive amounts of data, enabled by a data center built around Apache Cassandra.


Speakers
avatar for Darryl Kanouse

Darryl Kanouse

Senior Director of Consumer Technology, Activision


Thursday February 12, 2015 11:00am - 11:40am PST
San Jose (2nd Floor)

11:15am PST

Apache Cassandra Anti-Patterns Jeopardy
Don’t put your Cassandra application in “jeopardy’! Come learn from real examples from the field on how NOT to do Cassandra. Prizes might be involved!

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Pedreschi

Rachel Pedreschi

Partner Architect, DataStax
Rachel is Partner Architect at DataStax. A "Big Data Geek-ette," Rachel is no stranger to the world of high performance databases and data warehouses. She is a Vertica, Informix and Redbrick certified DBA on top of her work with Cassandra and has more than 15 years of business intelligence... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 11:15am - 11:45am PST
Sacramento (2nd Floor)

11:15am PST

Getting Started with Apache Cassandra and Java
In this session you’ll learn just enough to get started with NoSQL Apache Cassandra and Java, including how to install, build and try out some basic API calls. You’ll learn the basics of how to code your first application in Java on top of Cassandra, and leave the session feeling confident and excited to take the next step!

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Batey

Christopher Batey

Apache Cassandra Evangelist, DataStax
Christopher Batey is a Technical Evangelist for Apache Cassandra at DataStax. Previous to working at DataStax he was a software engineer at Sky, where he spent his time designing and developing their next generation OTT platform. He founded the Stubbed Cassandra project (www.scassandra.org... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 11:15am - 12:15pm PST
San Francisco (2nd Floor)

11:40am PST

Hybrid Cloud & Microsoft Azure with DataStax Enterprise

 Microsoft Azure will discuss the evolution of enterprises moving to the public cloud. The requirements enterprises need in order to leverage the cloud infrastructure effectively. The Azure and DataStax solution provides a robust platform for companies to quickly deploy Mobile, Web and IoT applications in the cloud as well as hybrid environments which is ideal for enterprises seeking to leverage Azure and DataStax to quickly innovate and scale elements of their applications to meet customer demands. 

We will share customer use-cases with attendees and discover how the combined solution can revolutionize the way your business can interact with your customers via multiple digital channels, enabling you to become an Internet Enterprise.


Speakers
avatar for Nikolas Tziolis

Nikolas Tziolis

Global Business Strategist, Microsoft Azure


Thursday February 12, 2015 11:40am - 12:15pm PST
San Jose (2nd Floor)

11:45am PST

Bad Juju Games: Five Years of Cassandra Experience for Online Gaming
Bad Juju Games, a leader in online gaming services, has operated Cassandra in production since early 2010 and over that time has adopted and adapted to a number of features in Cassandra. This talk will discuss lessons learned over nearly 5 years in production, including reasoning behind choosing versions and features safe for production, as well as discussing some nontraditional uses of existing features.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Jirsa

Jeff Jirsa

Co-Founder, Bad JuJu Games
Jeff is the CoFounder of Bad Juju Games, a gaming middleware developer based in Southern California.


Thursday February 12, 2015 11:45am - 12:15pm PST
Sacramento (2nd Floor)

12:15pm PST

Lunch
Thursday February 12, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm PST
Catalina Room (3rd Floor)

1:00pm PST

Testing Cassandra Applications
Cassandra is a fantastic distributed database, but it pushes a lot of complexity back to the application developer. In this talk I will discuss how to test your applications that use Cassandra, starting at the unit test level through to the black box acceptance tests. Most of the talk will be around a new framework, Stubbed Cassandra (http://www.scassandra.org/), that stubs Cassandra so that all failure scenarios can be deterministically reproduced without having to create a multi-node cluster. Depending on audience interest I may go into the native protocol and my experiences implementing the server side of it to develop Stubbed Cassandra.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Batey

Christopher Batey

Apache Cassandra Evangelist, DataStax
Christopher Batey is a Technical Evangelist for Apache Cassandra at DataStax. Previous to working at DataStax he was a software engineer at Sky, where he spent his time designing and developing their next generation OTT platform. He founded the Stubbed Cassandra project (www.scassandra.org... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 1:00pm - 1:30pm PST
Sacramento (2nd Floor)

1:00pm PST

Apache Cassandra Data Modeling 101
Relational systems have always been built on the premise of modeling relationships. As you will see, static schema, one-to-one, many-to-many still have a place in Cassandra. From the familiar, we’ll go into the specific differences in Cassandra and tricks to make your application fast and resilient.

Speakers
avatar for Patrick McFadin

Patrick McFadin

Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra, DataStax
Patrick McFadin is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm PST
San Francisco (2nd Floor)

1:30pm PST

DataStax Enterprise and Actor Systems for Scalable, Real-time Decision Making
The old paradigm of working with databases meant cramming tons of data into your SQL farm, data warehouse, Hadoop cluster, or whatever and running big expensive batch jobs to drive decisions for your business.

With these traditional approaches you miss a lot of opportunities to react data at pivotal moments, for example:

1. Presenting targeted offers to customers at the point of sale;
2. Making personalized recommendations to users on their first run of your product; or
3. Reacting to changes in sensor data as they happen, rather than days later.

Meet the actor system, a time-tested, proven technology that is a perfect processing companion to Cassandra's massively scalable storage solution. With these two tools working in unison you can capitalize on lost opportunities and build reactive, scalable software. In this talk we'll talk about using actor system frameworks like Akka in concert with DataStax Enterprise.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Stannard

Aaron Stannard

CTO, Petabridge
Aaron is the CTO and co-founder of Petabridge, a distributed computing services company that specializes in .NET and big data. He's the co-founder of Akka.NET, a popular open source distributed actor system implementation in C# and .NET.Previously, Aaron was the CEO and Founder of... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 1:30pm - 2:00pm PST
Sacramento (2nd Floor)

2:00pm PST

Building Your First Application in Apache Cassandra
You’ve heard the talks, followed the tutorials, and done the research.  You are a font of Cassandra knowledge.  Now it’s time to change the world! (Or at least build something to make your boss happy).  In this talk we’ll walk through the process of building KillrVideo, an open source video sharing website where users can upload and share videos, rate them, comment on them, and more.  By looking at a real application, we’ll talk about architectural decisions, how the application drives the data model, some pro tips when using the DataStax drivers, and some lessons learned from mistakes made along the way.  You’ll leave this session ready to start building your next application (world-changing or otherwise) with Cassandra.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Tillman

Luke Tillman

Apache Cassandra Language Evangelist, DataStax
Luke Tillman is a Language Evangelist for Apache Cassandra at DataStax, with a focus on the .NET community but a passion for polyglot. He’s spent over 15 years as a software engineer, writing code for web applications both large and small. Prior to DataStax, he worked as a software... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
San Francisco (2nd Floor)

2:00pm PST

Advanced Data Modeling Concepts
You know you need Cassandra for it's uptime and scaling, but what about that data model? Let's bridge that gap and get you building your game changing app. We'll break down topics like storing objects and indexing for fast retrieval. You will see by understanding a few things about Cassandra internals, you can put your  data model in the spotlight. The goal of this talk is to get you comfortable working with data in Cassandra throughout the application lifecycle. What are you waiting for?

Speakers
avatar for Patrick McFadin

Patrick McFadin

Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra, DataStax
Patrick McFadin is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Sacramento (2nd Floor)

3:00pm PST

Break
Thursday February 12, 2015 3:00pm - 3:20pm PST
California Ballroom (2nd Floor)

3:20pm PST

Search and Security for Cassandra Data using DataStax Enterprise
Speakers
avatar for Steve Lowenthal

Steve Lowenthal

Solution Architect, DataStax
Steven Lowenthal is a Solution Architect at DataStax, the Company behind Apache Cassandra. Prior to his work in Solution Architecture he worked in DataStax engineering on DataStax Enterprise. He is also a long-time relation database engineer specializing in adapting large enterprise... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 3:20pm - 3:50pm PST
Sacramento (2nd Floor)

3:20pm PST

Diagnosing Problems in Production, Like a Boss

This sessions covers diagnosing and solving common problems encountered in production, using performance profiling tools. We’ll also give a crash course to basic JVM garbage collection tuning. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of what they should look for when they encounter problems with their in-production Cassandra cluster.  This talk is intended for people with a general understanding of Cassandra, but it not required to have experience running it in production.


Speakers
avatar for Jon Haddad

Jon Haddad

Apache Cassandra Evangelist, DataStax
Jon Haddad has 10 years experience in both development and operations working at startups in southern California. For the last 2 years he's been a committer to cqlengine, the Python object mapper for Cassandra. He's now a Technical Evangelist at Datastax, continuing to focus on... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 3:20pm - 4:20pm PST
San Francisco (2nd Floor)

3:50pm PST

Cassandra at Hulu: Extreme Availability

Cassandra has proven itself to be a rock solid platform for numerous applications at Hulu. It offers the availability and scalability we need that few other databases can match. In this presentation, we will share techniques for operating cassandra at scale as well as some of the good stories and experiences we have accumulated along the way.


Speakers
avatar for Matt Jurik

Matt Jurik

Software Developer, Hulu
Software Developer at Hulu.


Thursday February 12, 2015 3:50pm - 4:20pm PST
Sacramento (2nd Floor)

4:20pm PST

4:20pm PST

Cassandra Story at GumGum
GumGum relies on Cassandra heavily for storing image metadata. After using HBase for 4 years, we decided to make the switch. Why did we do that? What problems did we face? How was our migration journey? What were the mistakes we made? What were the choices we made in hosting Cassandra on EC2? This presentation will narrate our exciting journey to Apache Cassandra.

Speakers
avatar for Mario Lazaro

Mario Lazaro

Big Data Engineer, GumGum
Mario Lazaro has been working as a Big Data Engineer for GumGum since March 2014. He started as an intern and he became a full time employee in September. He studied Computer Science in both Spain and Finland and he holds a M.Sc in Computer Science. Mario had his first contact with... Read More →


Thursday February 12, 2015 4:20pm - 5:20pm PST
Sacramento (2nd Floor)