Billy Bosworth Joins DataStax as CEO

Database Industry Executive Brings Significant Revenue Growth Experience to Commercial Leader in Apache Cassandra

May 18, 2011, 10:53 ET from DataStax

BURLINGAME, Calif., May 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra™, announced that Billy Bosworth has joined the company as CEO. Matt Pfeil, co-founder and former CEO, will take on the role of VP of Solutions.


Bosworth has over 20 years of experience in the database industry, most recently as VP and GM of the database business unit of Quest Software.  Under his leadership, the business grew from supporting traditional relational databases to a portfolio that now includes tools for cloud, NoSQL, columnar, and Hadoop databases, as well as business intelligence offerings.  Prior to Quest, Bosworth led product teams for Embarcadero Technologies' database productivity solutions.  He holds a bachelor of science in computer science from the University of Louisville.

"A clear evolution is occurring in the database industry, requiring new technologies and solutions to help customers manage large volumes of data, while extracting business insights from that data in the most efficient and real-time manner possible," said Bosworth. "In talking to enterprise customers over the last few years, its clear to me that demand for data-centric solutions like those provided by DataStax are poised for explosive growth. I am excited at the opportunity to join a company that is leading the Big Data revolution."

"Billy's deep experience in the market, customer relationships, and ability to grow database businesses make him the perfect CEO for DataStax," said Pfeil.  "We are extremely excited having him on board to continue to drive our focus on the next stage of company growth."

About DataStax

DataStax, the commercial leader in Apache Cassandra™ and Hadoop™, offers products and services that make it easy for customers to build, deploy and operate elastically scalable and cloud-optimized applications and data services. The company has over 80 customers, including leaders such as Netflix, Cisco, Rackspace and Constant Contact, and spanning verticals including web, financial services, telecommunications, logistics and government. DataStax is backed by industry leading investors, including Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital and Rackspace Hosting, and is based in Burlingame, CA with offices in Austin, TX and Stamford, CT. For more information, visit

About Apache Cassandra™

Apache Cassandra™ is an open source distributed database management system. It is designed to store and allow very low-latency access to very large amounts of data spread out across many commodity servers while providing a highly available service with no single point of failure. This next-generation data platform evolved from work at Google, Amazon and Facebook, and is an Apache Software Foundation top-level project.

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