Riptano, a startup founded at the end of March, plans to build a business around the open-source Cassandra data store. So far, it’s seeing a lot of demand from enterprises eager to adopt the code. Cassandra is good for storing large quantities of data across multiple machines and was open-sourced by Facebook after it created the software to search through its inbox. I spoke with Matt Pfeil, co-founder and CEO of Riptano, last Friday to learn more about the startup, about what enterprises want to use Cassandra for and how he plans to make services business-scale. I even asked him about Twitter’s decision not to store tweets in Cassandra.
Pfeil co-founded Riptano with Jonathan Ellis — project chair for Apache Cassandra and an engineer who helped build online backup company Mozy — and some seed money from Rackspace, one of the bigger contributors to Cassandra. Pfeil pointed out that enterprise users are struggling with an overload of data much like web-scale startups like Digg and Twitter are, and that some enterprise users are considering Cassandra in addition to their relational databases. Others, meanwhile, are willing to replace their Oracle databases with open-source alternatives because those users don’t need the feature set of Oracle products, or are willing to write those features into software running on top of the Cassandra data store.
Companies like Riptano are commercializing open-source code developed by startups and cloud-computing vendors who deal with big data and the huge need for compute power, and they’re some of the hottest companies venture capitalists and strategic investors are funding. Today, Puppet Labs (see disclosure), which is behind the Puppet configuration management software, announced funding, and startups like Cloudera and Opscode are also scoring venture dollars.
Disclosure: Puppet Labs is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog, Giga Omni Media. Om Malik, founder of Giga Omni Media, is also a venture partner at True.
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