DataStax is creating a new way for users to get the open source Cassandra database running on the Kubernetes cloud-native platform, with the K8ssandra project released on Nov. 18.
The release comes during the same week as the KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2020 virtual event, which is hosted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to highlight the latest innovations across the Kubernetes landscape.
Kubernetes is a container orchestration platform that has become increasingly popular as it helps to enables multi-cloud deployment for applications. Like many other database vendors, DataStax has been using what is known as a Kubernetes Operator to help users get the Cassandra database running on Kubernetes.
In March, DataStax released its Operator system, which provides a manifest that automates deployment of an application or service into a Kubernetes cluster.
Meanwhile, DataStax has found that users need more than just the Operator, which is where the K8ssandra project comes into play.
K8ssandra uses a helm chart to package applications. In addition to the Cassandra database K8ssandra includes the Cassandra Reaper project, a repair automation tool, and the Medusa backup tool. Both Reaper and Medusa were originally developed by consulting firm The Last Pickle, which was acquired