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DataStax launches GenAI tech with new Data API and enhanced Astra DB
Thu, 18th Jan 2024

DataStax, a provider of technology that powers generative AI (GenAI) applications, has announced the general availability of a new Data API, creating a comprehensive package for GenAI and retrieval augmented generation (RAG) applications, aiming to provide highly relevant data with low latency.

The company also launched a completely updated developer experience for its Astra DB, renowned as the best vector database for AI applications at production level.

The revamped Data API facilitates Apache Cassandra's petabyte-scale power's utilisation by full-stack, Python, or JavaScript application developers. Specifically designed for ease of use, it offers up to 20% higher relevancy, nine times higher throughput, and response time up to 74 times faster than Pinecone, a competing vector database, by using the JVector search engine.

The updated interface includes an intuitive dashboard, seamless integration with leading AI and machine learning frameworks, and efficient data loading and exploration tools.

Mark Hauptman, CEO of ReelStar, spoke on the benefits of the new Astra DB developer experience, stating that "The seamless user experience, native language client support, and effortless integration with GenAI ecosystems empower us to navigate the complexities of vector search with unprecedented simplicity [...] accelerating innovation and efficiency in our mission to redefine the landscape of video sharing with GenAI."

Alongside this, the Data API also offers developers an all-in-one AI ecosystem simplifying integrations with industry leaders such as LangChain, LLamaIndex, OpenAI, Amazon Bedrock, Azure, Google Vertex AI, etc., all supporting a wide range of security and compliance standards. Developers can now use advanced RAG techniques like FLARE and ReAct with ease.

Discussing the impact of Astra DB's Data API on his firm's operations, Anant.US CEO Rahul Singh said, "The ease of use of the Astra DB experience, coupled with the ability to instantly query real-time data updates for both vector and non-vector data, is essential for production GenAI applications on real-life data workloads. This has significantly expedited our production processes.”

Notably, Santosh Maddila, Principal Data Scientist at Aviso AI, described the Astra DB experience as an empowering force that helped maximise Gen AI's potential. Similarly, iWander CTO, Antoine Nigond, stated Astra DB proved instrumental in delivering personalised audio guides through Gen AI in their travel app.

Speaking of the new Data API and revamped Astra DB developer experience, Ed Anuff, Chief Product Officer at DataStax, said, "This release redefines how software engineers build GenAI applications, offering a streamlined interface that simplifies and accelerates the development process for AI engineers.”

Anuff described Astra DB as ideal for JavaScript and Python developers by simplifying vector search and large-scale data management.

In parallel with the launch, DataStax released predictions for 2024, predicting that Generative AI will top every organisation's priority list this year amidst worker concerns about AI job displacement. The firm expects the new Data API and developer experience to be key in addressing these challenges.