Created by Facebook to power its inbox search feature and used today by both Netflix and Reddit, Apache Cassandra® is a popular open source choice for developers worldwide. Its decentralized architecture and data replication capabilities make it fault tolerant, highly available, and (most importantly) dependable for storing and accessing your most critical data.

ScyllaDB, a drop-in replacement for Cassandra, leverages the best parts of Cassandra’s structure but boasts a key difference: while Cassandra is written in Java, Scylla is written in C++. This distinction (plus Scylla’s Seastar framework) reduces Scylla’s CPU usage, improves memory management, and gives it more speed. Lots more speed, actually – with tests indicating Scylla runs at 10x the throughput of Cassandra – making it a huge hit with businesses like Hulu and Samsung SDS.


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Source: Scylla vs. Cassandra benchmark (cluster) test run by Scylla.

 

Hosted ScyllaDB

Now Compose, an IBM Company, is making it even easier to be production-ready on Scylla with its hosted ScyllaDB beta service. You can spin up a three-node cluster and be up and running with Scylla on Compose in just minutes, which means faster development times minus the headaches of managing a database.

If you’re evaluating ScyllaDB or ScyllaDB on Compose, I encourage you to watch our ScyllaDB on Compose webinar video, below. It gives an overview of Scylla’s shard per core architecture, I/O scheduler, and Seastar framework, and shows how they come together to reduce latency and increase performance. It also covers Scylla’s compatibility with Cassandra and setup on Compose, and showcases how it reduces the need for large clusters. (In some tests, three Scylla nodes had less latency than 30 Cassandra nodes!)

Keep an eye out – Scylla on Compose is also coming to IBM Bluemix this December.

 

Bonus reading:

  1. View the results of Outbrain’s performance tests for Scylla
  2. Check out Scylla’s YCSB cluster benchmark testing
  3. Learn more about Scylla on Compose

 

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