DataStax 1.2 on Windows: A guided tour

DataStax 1.2 on Windows: A guided tour

Summary: Getting the DataStax Community distribution of Cassandra up and running on your local PC is a snap. In this gallery, you'll see that for yourself.

TOPICS: Big Data

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  • DataStax 1.2 bring Cassandra to your PC

    Cassandra is a major wide column store NoSQL database.  It's popular in standalone form, and can be used with Hadoop to perform MapReduce analyses on Cassandra column families (tables).  DataStax is the company that perhaps yields the most influence over Cassandra and its open source code.  As such, its distribution of Cassandra is a great one to work with.

    As you will see in this gallery, you don't need to be a Linux jock to get Cassandra installed, running and working with your applications.  if you're a Windows user or developer, you can run a simple installer, then use a variety of tools or your own code against Cassandra databases.  

  • Download the installer

    The first step to getting DataStax 1.2 running on your PC is to download the Windows installer for it. The installer provides a positively Windows-like experience: there are no manual steps required, no scripts to run, or anything of that sort. Just run the installer and everything you need will be on your local machine.

    To get the installer, head over to and grab the appropriate installer.  The Windows 7 64-bit installer (which also works on Windows 8) is highlighted here.

Topic: Big Data

Andrew Brust

About Andrew Brust

Andrew J. Brust has worked in the software industry for 25 years as a developer, consultant, entrepreneur and CTO, specializing in application development, databases and business intelligence technology.

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  • How Do You Keep It All Up-To-Date?

    Having to run a separate GUI installer for every single package sounds like a scalability nightmare. Including your DBMS, Web server, load balancer, memory cache, scripting languages, scripting language add-ons, Web server add-ons, library dependencies ... that could easily mount up to hundreds of separate installers, which means hundreds of separate updates needing to be managed. On a Linux system, keeping it all-to-date involves little more than typing "apt-get update && apt-get upgrade".