The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) announced the release of Cassandra 1.2, the latest version of the popular open-source NoSQL database for handling big data.

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the steward for nearly 150 key open-source projects and initiatives, has announced Apache Cassandra 1.2, the latest version of the scalable, fault-tolerant, big data distributed database.
Highlights for the second-generation high-performance, NoSQL database include clustering across virtual nodes, inter-node communication, atomic batches and request tracing. In addition, Cassandra 1.2 also marks the release of version 3 of the Cassandra Query Language (CQL3), to simplify application modeling, allow for more powerful mapping, and alleviate design limitations through more natural representation.
“We are pleased to announce Cassandra 1.2,” Jonathan Ellis, vice president of Apache Cassandra, said in a statement. “By improving support for dense clusters —powering multiple terabytes per node— as well as simplifying application modeling, and improving data cell storage/design/representation, systems are able to effortlessly scale petabytes of data.”

The Cassandra NoSQL database is known for handling thousands of requests per second and powering massive data sets quickly and reliably without compromising performance—whether running in the cloud or partially on-premise in a hybrid data store. Apache Cassandra is successfully used by an array of organizations, including Adobe, Appscale, Appssavvy, Backupify, Cisco, Clearspring, Cloudtalk, Constant Contact, DataStax, Digg, Digital River, Disney, eBay, Easou, Formspring, Hailo, Hobsons, IBM,, Morningstar, Netflix, Openwave, OpenX, Palantir, PBS, Plaxo, Rackspace, Reddit, RockYou, Shazam, SimpleGeo, Spotify, Thomson Reuters, Twitter, Urban Airship, U.S. Government, Walmart Labs, Williams-Sonoma, and Yakaz.