DataStax adds low-latency change data capture (CDC) capabilities to its database as an AstraDB NoSQL service.
Based on the Apache Pulsar open source project, DataStax seeks to help customers integrate low latency data streaming capabilities into their applications. Originally built at Yahoo, Pulsar has evolved into an open-source event streaming tool to rival Apache Kafka, which processes and delivers database changes in real time and distributes results to your choice of location. ‘landing.
“You can stream big data changes coming into your database to other destinations such as Snowflake, BigQuery, C++, Java, or any other programmatic client,” said Chris Latimer, vice president of product management at DataStax.
The big promise here is that customers can more easily combine operational and streaming data in a managed environment.
“What seems unique is that DataStax offers CDC functionality for a non-relational database, whereas most CDC options are for relational databases. CDC is usually a feature of either the [database management systems]or a system designed for the detection of close data changes,” said Carl Olofson, vice president of research at IDC.
There is currently a healthy debate in the industry that Apache Pulsar, which is a server-to-server messaging service, is better than its more established rival Apache Kafka, due to its cloud-native design and its suitability for more distributed applications.
DataStax sees compelling use cases for this new CDC feature for high-data customers in the crypto, travel booking, and software-as-a-service industries, according to Latimer.
“DataStax’s cloud-native CDC companion service is aimed at enterprises that have global deployments and need to rapidly scale their database,” said Doug Henschen, principal analyst at Constellation Research.
Last year, in September, DataStax made AstraDB available on all major cloud providers – Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform – following the announcement of a serverless NoSQL Atlas DBaaS in July by its rival MongoDB.
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