Aaron Ploetz is a developer advocate at DataStax. He has been a professional software developer since 1997 and has a successful history of leading DBA and DevOps teams for startups and Fortune 50 enterprises. He has been named an MVP for Apache Cassandra® three times and has presented at multiple events, including the Fintech keynote at Data Day Mexico City 2023. Aaron frequently answers StackOverflow questions from other developers and has previously authored books on distributed databases. He earned a B.S. in Management/Computer Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and an M.S. in Software Engineering (Database Technology emphasis) from Regis University. When not writing or coding, Aaron enjoys fishing, retro video gaming, and skijoring. Aaron and his wife, Coriene, live with their four children in the Twin Cities area.