DataStax Brings in New CEO to Lead NoSQL Expansion


DataStax, the Burlingame, Calif.-based startup that sells commercial products and services on top of the NoSQL Cassandra database, has appointed database industry veteran Billy Bosworth as its new CEO.

Bosworth comes from Quest Software, where he was vice president and general manager of the company’s database unit. Quest isn’t a household name in the NoSQL world, but it actually has been fairly active in the world of next-generation data stores over the past year. Quest has a database-optimization product called Toad, which the company updated recently to be able to handle handle a variety of NoSQL and cloud databases. Quest also developed OraOop, a tool for connecting Oracle databases and Hadoop clusters.

Bringing on Bosworth is a timely move for DataStax, which is trying to advance its business through a variety of initiatives. Aside from offering commercial support for Cassandra, DataStax now offers a proprietary management product called OpsCenter, an application platform called the DataStax Scalability Platform and an open source Hadoop distribution called Brisk.

Matt Pfeil, DataStax co-founder and former CEO, will move over to the position of vice president of solutions.

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