Facebook has given birth to a bunch of startups who want to change how businesses use tech

While an engineer at Facebook, Lakshman created Apache Cassandra, a popular "big data" database originally built to handle Facebook’s Inbox Search feature. Facebook gave Cassandra away as a free and open-source software project and its now a very popular database used by oodles of companies.

Lakshman went on to found Hedvig, which offers software that makes all of a company's computer storage system act is if it was just one really big, really fast hard disk. Hedvig also runs on ordinary, low-cost  x86-based servers, similar to Cassandra.

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While an engineer at Facebook, Lakshman created Apache Cassandra, a popular "big data" database originally built to handle Facebook’s Inbox Search feature. Facebook gave Cassandra away as a free and open-source software project and its now a very popular database used by oodles of companies. Lakshman went on to found Hedvig, which offers software that makes all of a company's computer storage system act is if it was just one really big, really fast hard disk. Hedvig also runs on ordinary, low-cost x86-based servers, similar to Cassandra.