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Deep Cassandra

Andrew Montalenti relates parse.ly’s experience with Cassandra. Lots of interesting tidbits, but the money graf is this:

A well-seasoned technologist friend of mine was not at all surprised when I walked him through some of these issues we had with Cassandra. He said, “You honestly expected that adopting a data store at your scale would not require you to learn all of its internals?” He has a point. After all, we didn’t adopt Elasticsearch until we really grokked Lucene.

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