December 11th, 2013

As I wait in the stylish Ekaterinburg airport for my return flight to Moscow and then on to London, I think about how lucky I am to have been able to attend the very first Russia Cassandra conference. With over 200 attendees (all developers) from all over Russia as well as a few neighboring countries, the sold-out conference was a great event for learning how leading technology organizations in Russia are using Cassandra, as well as, of course, for learning Cassandra in greater depth.


The conference keynote was delivered by superstar Jonathan Ellis (@Spyced), Apache Cassandra Committee Chair and DataStax CTO. Subsequent presenters included Axel Liljencrantz from Spotify, yours truly on CQL and the DataStax Java driver, and then a 2-track agenda where attendees chose from technical presentations delivered by developers in Russia that are using Cassandra in their organizations. At the end of the afternoon, we then regrouped for a presentation from the ever-entertaining Cassandra contributor Aleksey Yeschenko (@AYeschenko), a developer presentation from Zoral Labs, and lightning talks. A very full day of awesomeness!


Jonathan Ellis, Apache Cassandra Project Chair and DataStax Co-Founder/CTO


Along with appreciating the informative presentations, nice venue, and food, I would say that my absolute favorite part of this conference was getting to learn about the many Cassandra projects going on in Russia. I was able to speak with so many interesting people.


In chatting with a developer at Kaspersky Lab, an anti-virus company in Russia, I learned that they use Cassandra to track all the domains on the Internet, scanning them on an hourly basis, to protect users from malicious sites. With Cassandra working so well for them, their plan for their next phase is to be able to monitor individual sites within a domain. (Like if a blogging domain was divided into a million urls for a million bloggers.) Impressive Cassandra implementation (and perfect for Cassandra’s scalability)!


Speaking of size, another company using Cassandra, Odnoklassniki, which provides a large online social network for people (think Facebook), uses Cassandra for tracking all of its users’ “likes”. And another large organization using Cassandra is a search engine company (think Google) which also has a marketplace for people to find out where to buy an item that they’re looking for.


Cassandra Summit Russia 2013 Presentation Schedule


I also spoke with developers from a large cloud business services company, SKB Kontur, that has a number of financial and legal products built on Cassandra. One of their products is a long-time web application for businesses to file their monthly taxes and paperwork with the government online. Another of their Cassandra implementations is a government pension tracking service. The pension service gets very heavy use at certain times of the year – perfect for Cassandra’s ease of use in scaling up and down. One more Cassandra implementation of theirs that I’ll mention (they have even more) is a service that companies use for legally binding documents. Never mind an additional 12-node Cassandra cluster of theirs just for tracking the performance of their 70 web services… I could go on and on!


Let me conclude by saying that it was a top-notch, highly enjoyable and informative Cassandra conference!


Spasibo (thank you) organizers!