qatsi (qatsi) wrote,

Book Review: Cassandra - The Definitive Guide, by Eben Hewitt
Continuing my overview of some NoSQL databases, I came away with the impression that Cassandra has some neat features (especially its "shared nothing" architecture, tunable consistency, and the ease of scaling up or down with extra nodes) but isn't especially straightforward to use. For example, I'm not sure that Thrift or Avro are great improvements on CORBA, so why do we need yet more RPC protocols? (not that either of these are specific to Cassandra). I didn't feel that some of the explanations were all that clear, and the Hadoop/MapReduce integration chapter (separately authored by Jeremy Hanna) definitely seems like a bolt-on that doesn't explain anything very well.
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