January 5th, 2013

Apache Cassandra is named after the Greek mythological prophet Cassandra. Cassandra is the daughter of King Priam and Queen to Hecuba of Troy. Because of her beauty Apollo granted her the ability of prophecy.

So back in the day a bunch of Facebook engineers named Cassandra after a Greek mythological prophet? That’s pretty cool. But wait, those sneaky Facebook engineers put way more thought into the name of this database. It’s deeper than that.

When Cassandra of Troy refused Apollo, he put a curse on her so that all of her and her descendants’ predictions would not be believed.

Cassandra is the cursed Oracle

“The Meaning Behind the Name of Apache Cassandra” was created by Kelly Sommers