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From Andres March <>
Subject Re: Cassandra on AWS across Regions
Date Wed, 01 Sep 2010 23:16:51 GMT
  I didn't have anything specific in mind. I understand all the issues 
around DNS and not advocating only supporting hostnames (just thought it 
would be a nice option).  I also wouldn't expect name resolution to be 
done all the time, only when the node is first being started or during 
initial discovery.

One use case might be when nodes are spread out over multiple networks 
as the poster describes, nodes on the same network on a private 
interface could incur less network overhead than if they go out through 
the public interface.  I'm not sure that this is even possible given 
that cassandra binds to only one interface.

On 09/01/2010 03:23 PM, Benjamin Black wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 1, 2010 at 3:18 PM, Andres March<>  wrote:
>> I thought you might say that.  Is there some reason to gossip IP addresses
>> vs hostnames?  I thought that layer of indirection could be useful in more
>> than just this use case.
> The trade-off for that flexibility is that nodes are now dependent on
> name resolution during normal operation, rather than only at startup.
> The opportunities for horribly confusing failure scenarios are
> numerous and frightening.  Other than NAT (which can clearly be dealt
> with without gossiping hostnames), what do you think this would
> enable?
> b

*Andres March* <>
Qualcomm Internet Services

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