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Jonathan Ellis is the CTO and co-founder of DataStax. DataStax is the developer of DataStax Enterprise, a distributed, scalable, and highly available database platform.
This post was written and contributed by Nati Shalom, CTO & Co-Founder of Gigaspaces, a Rackspace Cloud Tools Partner.
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Unprecedented data volumes are driving businesses to look at alternatives to the traditional relational database technology that has served us well for over thirty years.  Collectively, these alternatives have become known as “NoSQL databases.”
Jonathan Ellis, System Architect for The Rackspace Cloud here. Last week I flew to California to attend the Hadoop Summit and NoSQL conference.
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