New Acunu Analytics For Cassandra Makes Real Time Big Data Analytics A Reality

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Acunu Analytics brings ‘fast-to-build’ rich queries, rich data modeling and real-time results to the Cassandra NoSQL community

Acunu Analytics allows developers to focus on providing real time results that drive their business.

Acunu, the pioneer in real-time big data analytics, today announced the availability of Acunu Analytics for Cassandra. For the first time Cassandra users don’t need to be database experts to build business-value applications. Instead Cassandra users can easily undertake dynamic analysis of high-velocity data streams at scale and in real-time.

“Improved time to market for new applications and lower cost of ownership for Cassandra developers are vital levers in a rapidly growing market where skills are scarce and at a premium,” said Chris Gomersall, CEO at Acunu. “Currently, critical skills are being deployed trying to build complex 'plumbing'. Acunu Analytics allows developers to focus instead on providing real time results that drive their business.”

"Until today Cassandra users could only build real-time analytics applications from the ground-up, with only the most basic building blocks to work with making application creation time-consuming and costly,” said Tim Moreton, Founder and CTO at Acunu. “Users were trying to collect data and present real-time insights into that data, but were finding Cassandra data modeling to be the steepest part of the learning curve. Acunu Analytics takes away those problems and delivers powerful analytics capabilities with easy to integrate code.”

Acunu Analytics delivers a platform and toolset that makes it possible to build and extend complex, real-time applications easily and quickly. It does this by layering flexible and expressive data modeling on top of Cassandra's base 'key-value pair' data model and by delivering a much richer query capability; one that is more recognizable to developers used to the ease of use and power of SQL.

Acunu’s experience of and knowledge about Cassandra means it has been able to build a complex platform that has wide applicability in infrastructure monitoring, mobile applications, social media applications and many other operational intelligence use cases.

Key Features and Benefits

  •     Low Latency Answers. Fresh data is reflected in Acunu Analytics queries in less than a second from when it was first created. Users can be confident their decisions are not out of date before they have made them. Monitoring apps are not viewing the world in the rear-view mirror of a batch indexing phase.
  •     Powerful Analytics. Acunu Analytics brings the rich queries expected by users of SQL databases to the NoSQL world, enabling familiar concepts like SELECT, WHERE, JOIN, and GROUP BY and built in aggregating functions such as topK and Standard Deviation.
  •     Easier data collection. Acunu Analytics also simplifies data collection by providing a JSON-based API, custom data integration and integration with Apache Flume.
  •     Analytic apps your way. Acunu Analytics makes it really easy to build analytic apps on top of its analytics layer. Whether they use the pre-built dashboards, configure client side web applications using widgets, or build custom apps using the Acunu Analytics API, users can quickly build the apps they need.

When they are not building Acunu Analytics, Acunu engineers also continue to make significant contributions to the core Apache Cassandra distributed database. Acunu led the headline feature of the latest 1.2 release, Virtual Nodes, which dramatically simplifies the scaling up and down of Cassandra clusters, eliminating a major management headache.

Customer Adoption
Acunu Analytics has gained rapid adoption in industries where seconds matter. In applications as varied as consumer electronics manufacturing, animation rendering, social media analytics, television voting, taxi hailing and Internet radio, customers value the ability to gain rapid and immediate insight into large amounts of data at an economically viable price point.

As part of their journey to re-invent radio, Mixcloud leverages Acunu Analytics to better understand their users in real time. “Acunu Analytics allowed Mixcloud to monitor and analyze data at a fraction of the cost of the value of the insight provided. It gives us the operational intelligence that allows us to focus on the core business functions of connecting passionate people with the best DJ and radio broadcast talent out there,” said Mat Clayton, Mixcloud founder and Chief Technology Officer.

Pricing and Availability
Acunu Analytics for Cassandra is free for evaluation, with licensing for production systems starting at $40,000 for a multi-node cluster which includes Cassandra support. Acunu Analytics for Cassandra is available immediately.

About Acunu
Acunu’s high-volume, millisecond-latency, real-time analytics enables a whole class of applications that bring insight to decision making where immediately is the only acceptable time frame. Learn more about us at or follow us @acunu.

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