Apache Cassandra MVP Program
The DataStax Cassandra MVP Program recognizes key individuals who have gone above and beyond to share their knowledge and expertise to help the Cassandra community learn about the massively scalable NoSQL database.
The MVP Program provides these selected individuals with the opportunity to write articles and white-papers, speak with press, analysts and industry thought-leaders, to present both online in webinars and at key events, to blog as an official MVP member, and enjoy recognition amongst their community peers. This recognition is a key differentiator in career development in this exciting market. The MVP designation is awarded annually and announced at the Cassandra Summit.
MVPs are required to have participated in one or more items, in the following two categories, over the last year:
• Answered Questions in StackOverflow
• Answered Questions on the Apache Mailing List
• Flagged Jira Tickets
• Submitted Code to the Cassandra Project
• Submitted Code to a Cassandra-Related Project
• Publicly Spoke about Cassandra in Person (conference, meetup, etc.)
• Publicly Spoke about Cassandra in a Webinar
• Wrote about Cassandra in a Blog Posting
• Conducted a Use Case Interview on Planet Cassandra
Apache Cassandra MVPs
Co-Founder & Principal Architect
Russell Bradberry is Co-founder and Principal Architect at SimpleReach where he is responsible for designing and building out highly scalable distributed data solutions. Prior to his career in technology, he maintained defense weapon systems while serving in the US Navy. He is co-author of the book \"Practical Cassandra. A Developer\'s Approach to Cassandra\" and is a contributor to several Cassandra client projects. In his spare time he enjoys the art of wine making and crafting the perfect cocktail.
Rick is an Infrastructure Engineer at Instagram where he spends his days building scalable systems to deal with their meteoric growth rates. Rick is a totally impatient dude, so he’s spent the last 10 years obsessed with making complex production systems faster and more reliable. Previously he was a Solutions Architect at DataStax, and has held various engineering roles at Coroutine, Mosaik Solutions, and FedEx.
Eric Lubow, CTO of SimpleReach, began his career building secure systems at Guardian Digital before joining Conductor.com, where he developed and ran their ad systems. After graduating from Rutgers University with a degree in Information Systems, Eric did multiple tours with the U.S. Army including serving in Iraq as a Lieutenant and Albania as a Captain. He is a board advisor for the IronMatt.org charity for pediatric brain tumors, a mixed martial artist, motorcyclist, and seasoned skydiver. Eric is also co-author of the book Practical Cassandra.
The Last Pickle Inc.
Co-Founder & Sr. Technical Consultant
Nate McCall has over 14 years of server side systems and software development experience. Most recently, he was development lead for the AppServices platform at Apigee. Among the many day to day tasks of coding, scheduling and team management on the core product, he also worked directly with Fortune 500 clients on deploying and tuning multi-datacenter Cassandra clusters for Apigee products. Prior to Apigee, Nate was an early employee at DataStax where he held several positions including team lead for DataStax Enterprise, and developer evangelist - all while occasionally conducting Apache Cassandra training sessions for DataStax customers.
The Last Pickle, Inc.
Cassandra Committer/Co-Founder and Principle Consultant
Aaron Morton is the Co Founder & Principal Consultant at The Last Pickle (thelastpickle.com). A professional services company that works with clients to deliver and improve Apache Cassandra based solutions. He\'s based in New Zealand, is an Apache Cassandra Committer and a DataStax MVP for Apache Cassandra.
Health Market Science
Brian is Chief Architect at Health Market Science (HMS) where he heads development of their data management and analytics platform, powered by Storm and Cassandra. Brian won InfoWorld’s Technology Leadership award in 2013 and authored, Storm: Blueprints for Realtime Computation (due out 12/2013). He has a number of patents and holds a B.S. in C.S. from Brown University.
Richard has worked with Cassandra for 4 years and is currently working full time on Cassandra in the infrastructure team at Apple. Previously he has worked on analytics and storage products at SwiftKey and Acunu.
John\'s first career was as an aerospace engineer, but after several years in aerospace he found that he most loved his job when he was either programming or working on a good math problem. Eventually John cut out the aircraft and satellites and started working full-time with software development, infrastructure architecture, and data science. These days John works at VividCortex building best-of-breed server performance monitoring tools.
Theo Hultberg is Chief Architect at Burt, a Gothenburg based startup building business intelligence products for publishers and media owners. He’s the author of the Datastax Ruby driver and the co-organizer of his local Ruby, and distributed systems user groups. Besides being a Rebel Elite, his only claim to fame is that he has more reputation on Stack Overflow than Jeff and Joel combined.
Dave Gardner is part of the services team at Hailo - the taxi app company. He has helped build the Hailo platform that brings together taxi drivers and passengers in 6 cities across the globe and counting, focussing on availability and resilience. Dave has worked with Apache Cassandra since 2010 and is the founder of the Cassandra London user group.
Senior System Architect
Niall has been working for over 16 years as an engineer, software architect and technology trainer with experience in a diverse range of industries. In recent years he has been working with next generation NoSQL and Storage technologies such as Cassandra, OpenStack and Hadoop, integrating these technologies with petabyte scale systems with millions of active users. When he has spare time he is a musician and author.
Engineering Manager Cloud Persistence Engineering
Christos has built and lead teams at Netflix and HighTail (formely YouSendIt) to scale out their persistence layers, create a cloud file system and to adopt Apache Cassandra as a scalable and highly available data solution. Christos has worked as a DB2, SQL Server and MySQL DBA for over 15 years and through, sometimes painful, trial and error he has learned the advantages and limitations of RDBMS and when the modern NoSQL solutions make sense. Christos believes in knowledge sharing, that is why he is a huge advocate of Open Source software. Christos shares his software experience through blogging, pod-casting and mentoring new start-ups. He also sits on the tech advisory board of the OpenFund Project, which is an Angel VC for European start-ups.
The Last Pickle
Apache Cassandra Architect
Patricia Gorla is a Cassandra Consultant at The Last Pickle Ltd, an Apache Cassandra consultancy.She has been involved in all aspects of software development, from server administration to application development, and from data analysis to data storage. Prior to architecting databases Patricia focused on the analysis and visualization of data. Patricia speaks often at conferences and meetups such as O\'Reilly\'s StrataConf + Hadoop World, the Datastax Cassandra Summits, and local user groups.
Mick Semb Wever
Mick is a programmer at FINN.no, Norway\'s largest classifieds website, working on core platform systems. Also a committer for Apache Tiles.
Senior Software Engineer
Jason Brown is a Senior Software Engineer at Apple. Prior to that, he worked at Netflix as a Senior Software Engineer of web services and data architecture. Jason is also an Apache Cassandra Committer. He holds a Master\'s degree in Music Composition and is searching for time to write a second string quartet.
Senior Director of Engineering
Claudiu is Atigeo\'s Senior Director of Engineering, Platform Services, and oversees agile engineering teams in the US and Romania while also acting as Lead Architect in building and operating xPatterns, an enterprise-class, Big Data Analytics platform. Claudiu has 17 years of industry experience in various roles, with a strong passion for Software Architecture leveraging industry best patterns and practices and contributing with a significant level of innovation. His experience spans across the Open Source, Big Data and Microsoft\'s Windows/.Net technology stacks.
Chris has spent nearly a decade on the testing, development, and operations of distributed systems. Starting using Cassandra in 0.8 and has been using it heavily since.
I have more than 14 years of experience working with software development, I hold a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering and a specialization in Software Engineering. I\'m lover of open technologies, contributor of Apache Cassandra community and passionate photographer. I have experience with back-end systems for carrier billing services, sending bulk text messages (SMS) and user action tracking. Currently working on Movile based in Brazil, as a senior software engineer and architect of distributed and high performance platforms. I just started work with Apache Cassandra since version 0.6 and since then has following the exponential company\'s growth.
Sankalp Kohli has been working in the Infrastructure Team at Apple for the past 3 years. Currently he is focusing on Cassandra and has done many contributions through various JIRAs. Prior to Apple, he worked at Amazon Web Services on Big data.
The Weather Channel
Software Development Manager
I work for The Weather Channel\'s digital division as part of the team that builds backend services for weather.com and the TWC mobile apps. I have been involved in the Cassandra project since 2010 and have contributed in a variety of ways over the years; this includes work on drivers for Scala and C#, the Hadoop integration, heading up the Atlanta Cassandra Users Group, and answering lots of Stack Overflow questions.
Started with Oracle 5. Feng has worked with RDBMS in past 20 years at various high tech companies, including DoubleClick, Yahoo, Intuit and eBay. In recent years, he likes NoSQL technology and quickly became a huge Cassandra fan while working at eBay. Now he is responsible for eBay/Paypal Cassandra projects from design to deployment.
Distributed Systems Guru
Evan loves to design, build, and improve bleeding edge distributed data and backend systems using the latest in open source technologies. He has led the design and implementation of multiple big data platforms based on Storm, Spark, Kafka, Cassandra, and Scala/Akka, including a columnar real-time distributed query engine. He is an active contributor to the Apache Spark project and co-creator of the open-source Spark Job Server. He is a big believer in GitHub, open source, and meetups, and have given talks at various conferences including the Spark Summit and Cassandra Summit. He has Bachelor\\\'s and Master\\\'s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
Pierre-Yves is CTO at exoscale where he is responsible for architecture and strategic technology choices, relying on experience in the architecture of very large corporate system as well as technical product design in several startups. Pierre-Yves is an active member of the open-source community with key contributions to OpenBSD, collectd and riemann and is the author of cyane and pithos
Head of Engineering & Measurement
Victor is Head of Engineering & Measurement at Viafoura, leading all their Big Data , infrastructure and development initiatives. Victor also runs the Cassandra meetup group in Toronto and was a very early adopter of Cassandra, having used the technology since release 0.8. Further, Victor is the Co-Founder and Chief Technologist of Data For Good, a Canadian Not-For-Profit that runs DataThons to help other Not For Profits and NGOs understand the mountains of data that they acquire. Victor is a graduate of the University of Toronto, with a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics. In his spare time, the little that he has, you can find Victor on the beach (yes, Toronto has a beach) playing beach volleyball
Lead Database Engineer
Aaron is the Lead Database Engineer for AccuLynx, where he recently implemented Cassandra to scale part of their cloud-based business management system. Prior to that, Aaron worked for a Fortune 500 company in Chicago where he helped to build a large-scale middle tier application backed with Apache Cassandra 1.1 (eventually upgraded to DSE 3.2). Aaron has built applications using several drivers, including Hector, Astyanax, and CassandraSharp; as well as the DataStax drivers for Java and C#. He is active in the Cassandra tag on StackOverflow, and also contributes to the Apache Cassandra project. Aaron holds a B.S. in Management/Computer Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and a M.S. in Software Engineering and Database Technologies from Regis University.
Principal Software Engineer
Chris Burroughs works at AddThis where he helps manage and customize their Cassandra clusters along with other distributed sytems. He is a co-organizer of the Washington DC area Cassandra meetup.
Senior Software Engineer
Christopher Batey is Senior Software Engineer at BSkyB where he spends his time designing and developing their next generation OTT platform. He founded the Stubbed Cassandra project (www.scassandra.org) and regularly blogs at http://christopher-batey.blogspot.co.uk/