Review: Cassandra lowers the barriers to big data

Apache Cassandra 2.0 combines NoSQL flexibility and scalability with friendly SQL-like queries

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Apache Cassandra 2.0 at a glance

  • Symmetric architecture makes it relatively easy to create and scale large clusters
  • SQL-like Cassandra Query Language eases developers' transition from RDBMS
  • Allows you to tune for performance or consistency or a balance of both
  • Community edition of management GUI available
  • Good documentation (provided by Datastax)
  • Configuration is complex
  • Current trigger/stored procedure mechanism is experimental
  • Management GUI is difficult to get up and running
PlatformsCentOS, Red Hat, Debian, Ubuntu, Mac OS X, Windows
CostFree, open source under the Apache License version 2.0

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InfoWorld Scorecard
Value (10.0%)
Installation and setup (15.0%)
Management (30.0%)
Ease of use (30.0%)
Documentation (15.0%)
Overall Score (100%)
Apache Cassandra 2.0 9.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 8.0 7.8

Copyright © 2014 IDG Communications, Inc.

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