Meet Stargate, DataStax’s GraphQL for databases. First stop – Cassandra

Meet Stargate, DataStax’s GraphQL for databases. First stop – Cassandra

A flexible API is key to database accessibility and developer friendliness today. Cassandra was lacking in that department, and DataStax is trying to address this with the release of a new API layer called Stargate.

Open source Cassandra is one of the most successful databases in terms of popularity, according to the DB-Engines ranking. However, it has been plagued by two key issues: It’s challenging to run, and not very easy to develop. DataStax, a vendor leading the development of Cassandra and commercializing it, is taking steps to address these issues.

Initially, DataStax brought Cassandra to the cloud, launching its Astra cloud offering Cassandra as a managed service. DataStax also brought Cassandra to the Kubernetes world, and, in fact, it did both of these things together, running Cassandra on top of Kubernetes is how the Astra cloud service works.

However, as Ed Anuff, DataStax’s chief product officer, told ZDNet, DataStax still knew it needed to make it easy for developers who are building new applications to work with Cassandra. Enter Stargate.

DataStax announced what it touts as a new API stack for modern data apps. Stargate, an open-source API framework for data first unveiled this summer, is now generally available in DataStax’s Astra cloud database and for free download. The new offering enables developers to build data apps through the API of their choice.

Read the full article on ZDNet

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