DataStax recently announced the general availability of the open-source gRPC API for Astra DB, the company’s serverless cloud database built on Apache Cassandra - the NoSQL database standard. With the gRPC API developers can create microservices applications to query Cassandra.
Arguably, Salesforce.com brought the software-as-a-service (SaaS) concept mainstream. Today, if software isn't available as a service, it's considered old school. But software -- as a service or not -- is just a container. What makes software valuable has always been what it does to data. Now, in the same spirit of service-oriented architectures and SaaS, a new concept is emerging, Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).