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From Chris Goffinet <>
Subject Re: finding Cassandra servers
Date Wed, 03 Mar 2010 17:19:28 GMT
At Digg we have automated infrastructure. We use Puppet + our own in-house system that allows
us to query pools of nodes for 'seeds'. Config files like storage-conf.xml are auto generated
on the fly, and we randomly pick a set of seeds. 

Seeds can be per datacenter as well. As soon as a machine is decommissioned, it no longer
gets picked as seed.


On Mar 3, 2010, at 9:12 AM, Ted Zlatanov wrote:

> On Wed, 3 Mar 2010 09:04:37 -0800 Ryan King <> wrote: 
> RK> Something like RRDNS is no more complex that managing a list of seed nodes.
> How do your clients at Twitter find server nodes?  Do you just run them
> local to each node?
> My concern is that both RRDNS and seed node lists are vulnerable to
> individual node failure.  Updating DNS when a node dies means you have
> to wait until the TTL expires, and if you lower the TTL too much your
> server will get killed.
> With seed node lists, if I get unlucky I'd be trying to hit a downed
> node in which case I may as well just use RRDNS and deal with connection
> failure from the start.
> Ted

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