Cassandra On AWS - Part 2 - Scaling

This is the second part of the Cassandra series and I will try to talk about Scaling Strategy.

#Cassandra Scaling Strategy

Cassandra scaling will be based on two factors :

  • Latency of response for a request.
  • Amount of disk space left on the Cassandra node.

The cluster will always scale up and never down. Scaling up will improve the latency of a request and also provide new disk space to provide new incoming data.

Scaling will be done as at a cluster level as follows :

##Strategy 1

  • Select the cluster to scale.
  • Select AZ’s with low number of nodes.
  • Choose two AZ’s and add one node to each of the AZ’s.

##Strategy 2

  • A cluster will always have a minimum of 3 nodes. Hence scaling in a cluster will be achieve in increments of 3 nodes.
  • If a region has 3 AZ’s then add one node to each AZ.
  • If a region has less than 3 AZ’s then one of the AZ will end up having more nodes than the other AZ.

##Scaling Trigger Points or Threshold

  • Latency > 500ms for more than 1 minute.
  • Scale when disk space remaining is less than 30% of the total available diskspace on the node.

Caching Configuration

Cassandra Unit Testing

Cassandra Unit provides a library which sprins off an embedded Cassandra server for testing against.

This is very useful for performing Unit/Integration testing of code related to Cassandra.

Steps for Spring JUnit :

Include the following dependencies in POM

< dependency>

 < groupId>org.cassandraunit< /groupId>
 < artifactId>cassandra-unit-spring< /artifactId>
 < version></version>
 < scope>test< /scope>

< /dependency>

< dependency>

 < groupId>org.cassandraunit< /groupId>
 < artifactId>cassandra-unit< /artifactId>
 < version>< /version>

< /dependency>

2 . Annotate your Junit class with the following

@SpringApplicationConfiguration(classes = CassandraConfiguration.class)

@TestExecutionListeners({ CassandraUnitDependencyInjectionTestExecutionListener.class, DependencyInjectionTestExecutionListener.class })

@CassandraDataSet(value = { “create-table.cql” }, keyspace = “ioe”)




3 . Place your table creating queries in a file named ‘create-table.cql’ under /resource folder of your TEST .

Cassandara Performance Testing[ Work in Progress]

Leverage the Jmeter plugin for Cassandra developed by Netflix.


Elankumaran Srinivasan

Elankumaran Srinivasan
I am a software engineer, Java and open source technonogy enthusiast.

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