The Perils and Triumphs of using Cassandra at a .NET/Microsoft Shop

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Kevin Ford

May 17th, 2013

We recently transitioned a large portion of our backend infrastructure from Microsoft SQL Server to Apache Cassandra. Today, this Cassandra cluster backs our mobile advertising network, supporting over 10 million daily active users that produce over 10,000 transactions per second, with an average database request latency of under 2 milliseconds! The journey to get there is one of struggle and perseverance, where everyone lives happily ever after.


If you plan on attending Cassandra Summit 2013, you’ll get to hear the story firsthand. NativeX Infrastructure Architects Derek Bromenshenkel and Jeff Smoley will be there discussing their experience of successfully connecting our .NET web apps to Cassandra. They’ll also offer insight into what went well and more importantly, what surprises you can expect when it’s time for your business to make the transition.

Cassandra Summit runs from June 11-12, in San Francisco. Registration is still open so click here for details.

For those who can’t make it to the conference, we are going to post the slides on Slideshare shortly after the conference. We’ll also cover the action live on Twitter so follow @nativeX and use the hashtag #cassandra13.

If you have any questions for Derek and Jeff or if you would like to meet up at Cassandra Summit, drop us a note.

Kevin Ford

Marketing Manager


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