Apache Cassandra User Survey Uncovers Scale, Performance, Tuning, and Administration Challenges

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ScyllaDB survey reveals key trends in the evolution and future of the Apache Cassandra Project

A database shouldn’t need 3 PHDs and its own P&L to work. Scylla solved some of Cassandra’s major issues, such as constant tuning, garbage collection, and compaction.

ScyllaDB, the next generation of Apache Cassandra, today released the results of a survey on the Apache Cassandra usage. The survey was conducted with 70 active deployments representing more than 200 clusters running 600TB of combined data on Apache Cassandra.

The research revealed many insights, including:

  • Performance, Tuning, and Administration accounted for 70% of total identified core Apache Cassandra challenges.
  • More than 30% of respondent’s don’t run repair over their Cassandra cluster
  • Nearly 25% of respondents run more than 5 Cassandra clusters
  • More than 12% of respondents run more than 100 nodes in their largest cluster.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the most popular infrastructure used with more than 60% of respondents using it
  • Among monitoring solutions and tools, the community has not converged on a clear leader. However, DataStax OpsCenter is the most popular monitoring solution for Cassandra with more than 20% of respondents using it.
  • Cassandra Version 2.x (including DSE 4) are most popular with more than 50% of deployments utilizing this version.

ScyllaDB is an open source drop in replacement for Apache Cassandra powered by C++. Leveraging the best from Apache Cassandra in high availability, fault tolerance, and its rich ecosystem, ScyllaDB offers developers a dramatically higher-performing and resource effective Apache Cassandra alternative to power modern and demanding applications, without compromising on availability.

The full results of the survey can be seen on the ScyllaDB blog here.

"This survey confirms our assessment that Cassandra is great for high availability but imposes too many performance, tuning, and resource challenges,” says Dor Laor, CEO and Co-Founder at ScyllaDB. “A database shouldn’t need 3 PHDs and its own P&L to work. Scylla solved some of Cassandra’s major issues, such as constant tuning, garbage collection, and compaction. For instance, Scylla provides a strict SLA for your transactions while running repair in the background, thus keeping the database fully in-sync."

Earlier this year, ScyllaDB announced $16 Million in series B funding, led by Western Digital Capital, Samsung Ventures, Magma Ventures, and Qualcomm Ventures, with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners, as well as several new customers, including IBM, AppNexus, CPI Card Group, and Investing.com.

ScyllaDB also announced Scylla Summit 2017, held in San Francisco on Oct 24-25. The two day summit brings together both internet and traditional enterprise developers to collaborate together, hear from expert speakers, and learn how ScyllaDB solves complex performance and availability challenges.

About ScyllaDB. ScyllaDB is an open source NoSQL database that enables developers to build mission critical applications at light speed throughput and ultra low latency. Leveraging a low latency and C++ powered drop-in Apache Cassandra replacement, ScyllaDB offers a consistent, high throughput, highly available, and highly scalable NoSQL database, and is trusted by companies such as IBM, AppNexus, Investing.com, mParticle, and many others.

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