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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 http://www.datastax.com/download/community and grab the appropriate installer. The Windows 7 64-bit installer (which also works on Windows 8) is highlighted here.
For your own protection
If you're running the installer on Windows 8, a screen-width message bar will pop up, making it look as if Windows is preventing the installation. The solution is easy, though counterintuitive: clik the More Info link, highlighted here.