Cassandra Review

We use it as the storage facility for a very-high-throughput application.


What is most valuable?

  • Log-structured storage
  • CQL (Cassandra Structure Language)
  • Ease of installation
  • The node setup

How has it helped my organization?

This product is used as the storage facility for a very-high-throughput application, where a lot of NoSQL data is being captured and it needs to be processed.

What needs improvement?

The clustering needs to be better; it is getting there.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used it for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cassandra is stable thus far; the problems that I have encountered were with CQL and the JSON support in CQL.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability is good, as long as you understand how to set up the nodes.

How are customer service and technical support?

I did not have any interactions with technical support, because I was able to find answers to my questions online as I did my searches.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The other solutions that I have used have been the SQL engines but for this project, Cassandra was determined to be the better solution.

How was the initial setup?

Setup was very straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pricing and licensing depends on what you are doing: If you are using it for major production work, I recommend that you purchase the level of support that you would need.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This was the only product that was evaluated.

What other advice do I have?

Learn how many nodes you are going to need and set up the right level of replication.

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarOrlee Gillis
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What progress have you seen in the clustering so far? What progress would you like to see in the future?