Cassandra is a distributed, massively scalable, fault tolerant, columnar data store, and if you need the ability to make fast writes, the only thing faster than Cassandra is /dev/null! In this fast-paced presentation, we'll briefly describe big data, and the area of big data that Cassandra is designed to fill. We will cover Cassandra's unique, every-node-the-same architecture. We will reveal Cassandra's internal data structure and explain just why Cassandra is so darned fast. Finally, we'll wrap up with a discussion of data modeling using the new standard protocol: CQL (Cassandra Query Language).