DataStax optimizes Cassandra for Kubernetes with K8ssandra

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

NASA-Boeing Lunar Lander Procurement Bid Under Investigation: Report

NASA’s inspector general and the US justice department have launched investigations into allegations that Boeing may have benefited from internal information provided by the space agency during a contract bidding process, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

The affair led to the abrupt resignation of Doug Loverro, then the head of NASA’s human exploration directorate, in May.

At the time, it was known that his departure was linked to a procurement process, but the details weren’t clear.

According to the Post, Loverro called the senior vice president of Boeing’s space and launch division Jim Chilton in February to inform him that the company was going to lose a contract to build a lander for the Artemis programme¬†to return to the Moon.

Loverro wanted to know whether Boeing would seek to challenge the decision, potentially holding up the award by months at a time the agency was trying to meet a timeline of reaching the lunar surface by 2024.

Boeing then tried to revise and resubmit its bid, a potential violation of procurement procedures, the Post said, quoting anonymous sources. 

Ultimately, NASA chose three finalists: SpaceX, a team led by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, and defense contractor