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A slide deck by Rick Branson explaining why and how Cassandra takes full advantage of SSDs.
Where Cassandra REALLY shines and is often overlooked is ease of maintenance. Cassandra’s ability to bootstrap new nodes, replicate, reshard and handle down nodes (w/ hinted handoff) is almost magical. I use it in production and it works very reliably.
Sure, it’s got some cool big data stuff, but try doing any of those “maintenance” operations on other databases without ripping your hair out. For example, even bringing up a new MySQL slave is a huge pain in the ass, let alone doing something non-trivial like promoting a new master.
Reinforcing exactly what I emphasized as merits of NoSQL systems in is SQL or NoSQL better for programmers.
Original title and link: Where Cassandra Really Shines ( ©myNoSQL)
EngineYard’s Ines Sombra recorded a conversation with Mathias Meyer about NoSQL databases and their evolution towards more friendlier functionality, relational databases and their steps towards non-relational models, and a bit more on what polyglot persistence means.
Mathias Meyer is one of the people I could talk for days about NoSQL and databases in general with different infrastructure toppings and he has some of the most well balanced thoughts when speaking about this exciting space—see this conversation I’ve had with him in the early days of NoSQL. I strongly encourage you to download the mp3 and listen to it.
Original title and link: NoSQL and Relational Databases Podcast With Mathias Meyer ( ©myNoSQL)
There are a lot of interesting new features and improvements in the newly released Cassandra 1.1 version to cover them all here, but here’s the gist of them:
- Schema improvements
- Support for compound keys
- Concurrent schema changes
- A new version of Cassandra Query Language (CQL3) supporting compound keys and wide rows
- Better and easier tuning of the key and row caches
- Support for per-table hybrid storage —mixing SSDs and spinning disks
This DataStax’s blog entry provides links to more details about all these features and the others I haven’t enumerated above.
Original title and link: Cassandra 1.1 Released: What’s New ( ©myNoSQL)
Catching up after almost two weeks offline is no easy task, but I hope I’ll not miss any important events, releases, or posts. But if I do, please email me.
Cassandra 1.0.9: Maintenance Release
The complete change notes for Cassandra 1.0.9 are here:
- improve index sampling performance (CASSANDRA-4023)
- always compact away deleted hints immediately after handoff (CASSANDRA-3955)
- delete hints from dropped ColumnFamilies on handoff instead of erroring out (CASSANDRA-3975)
- add CompositeType ref to the CLI doc for create/update column family (CASSANDRA-3980)
- Avoid NPE during repair when a keyspace has no CFs (CASSANDRA-3988)
- Fix division-by-zero error on get_slice (CASSANDRA-4000)
- don’t change manifest level for cleanup, scrub, and upgradesstables operations under LeveledCompactionStrategy (CASSANDRA-3989, 4112)
- fix race leading to super columns assertion failure (CASSANDRA-3957)
- ensure that directory is selected for compaction for user-defined tasks and upgradesstables (CASSANDRA-3985)
- allow custom types in CLI’s assume command (CASSANDRA-4081)
- fix totalBytes count for parallel compactions (CASSANDRA-3758)
- fix intermittent NPE in get_slice (CASSANDRA-4095)
- remove unnecessary asserts in native code interfaces (CASSANDRA-4096)
- Fix EC2 snitch incorrectly reporting region (CASSANDRA-4026)
- Shut down thrift during decommission (CASSANDRA-4086)
Merged from 0.8: Fix ConcurrentModificationException in gossiper (CASSANDRA-4019)
- support Counter ColumnFamilies (CASSANDRA-3973)
- Composite column support (CASSANDRA-3684)
- fix NPE on invalid CQL delete command (CASSANDRA-3755)
- Validate blank keys in CQL to avoid assertion errors (CASSANDRA-3612)
Apache Hadoop User Impersonation vulnerability
This vulnerability discovered by Cloudera’s Aaron T. Myers affects Hadoop’s versions 0.20.203.0, 0.20.204.0, 0.20.205.0, 1.0.0 to 1.0.1, and 0.23.0 to 0.23.1 where Kerberos is enabled. Complete details available here.
This is the first important release after the start of the year CouchDB hubbub with Damien Katz and Couchbase. The new version is a major release in itself deserving its own post: CouchDB 1.2.0: Performance, Security, API, Core and Replication Improvements.
Riak 1.1.2: Stabilization release
Original title and link: NoSQL Releases and Announcements ( ©myNoSQL)