You can download the VirtualBox files here: https://oscon2016-friends-with-cassandra.s3.amazonaws.com/oscon2016.zip
It has everything you need on it. We will be distributing the VM during the session as well, but it's going to be fastest if you download it beforehand.
Jon Haddad and Dani Traphagen explore all the basics you’ll need to become best buds with the radically scalable, always-on, and increasingly popular Apache Cassandra database. But wait, there’s more. Jon and Dani also cover using Apache Spark for large-scale data processing. Jon and Dani get you acquainted with these technologies and give you some added resources so you can dive even deeper. You’ll be able to take home the VM on a supplied flash drive so you have access to it whenever you want to explore further. After all is said and done, you’ll walk out with some shiny new knowledge and a couple of new pals.
Jon Haddad has almost 20 years professional experience with open source software, and is currently is the Principal Consultant at The Last Pickle. In the open source world, he’s a committer and PMC member for Apache Cassandra. Prior to The Last Pickle, Jon was a technical evangelist at DataStax. He has worked on dozens of Cassandra clusters across a wide variety of hardware, both on-prem and in the cloud.
Dani Traphagen is a solution architect for GridGain, where she consults on high-tech caching architectures. Previously, Dani consulted at DataStax and led technical training internationally on Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise. Her passion for teaching began while working in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she taught scientists technical skills, helped create a data science course, and raised awareness about the growing open science community. Dani has since volunteered with and generated training content for a number of organizations, including software carpentry, women in technology, rOpenSci, and GitHub. Earlier in her career, Dani worked in cartilage tissue engineering at the University of California, San Francisco, where her interests for heavy machinery, science, and code fused. If you don’t catch Dani behind a computer, you’ll often see her in the wild, backpacking, riding her bike, or climbing things. She also makes sure to keep the coffee business afloat in her hometown of Hermosa Beach.
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