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From "R. Verlangen" <>
Subject Re: is it possible to run cassandra process in client mode as smart proxy
Date Wed, 16 May 2012 11:09:46 GMT
Yes, I'm aware of those issues however in our use case they don't cause any

But ... If there's something better out there I'm really curious: so I'll
keep up with this thread.

2012/5/16 Piavlo <>

>  On 05/16/2012 01:24 PM, R. Verlangen wrote:
> Hi there,
>  I'm using HAProxy for PHP projects to take care of this. It improved
> connection pooling enormous on the client side: with preserving failover
> capabilities. Maybe that is something for you to use in combination with
> PHP.
> I already use it exactly like this :)
> But i don't think it's a good solution. And it's totally unaware of
> thrift/cassandra protocol, it's was pretty well discussed here
> I even see the plain tcp healchecks failing from time to time for no
> reason.
> I'm planning to make it a bit smarter with localhost http level
> healthchecks - where it would make a cassandra write to CF in
>  keyspace wich has replication of 1, and will write to a key that maps to
> the specific cassandra node being checked by healthcheck (of course  the
> keys need to be recaclulated each time the cluster is rebalanced).
> But IMHO it's very very ugly hack, and not as reliable as real smart proxy
> which is way more superior and efficient (especially if it could do the
> reads/writes coordination itself).
> Haproxy also has an issue that then once of the backend ip changes (which
> happens often in clouds) it's has to be restarted to resolve the the
> correct hostname,
> though it looks like Willy is finally seriously considering to implement
> more dynamic for hostnames  lookups (which was not the case about a year
> ago then I asked  for such feature)
> the problem was is discussed here recently -
> haproxy has some more issues - i don't remember off top of my head.
> Smart proxy would simply not have all those issues, as it's aware of the
> ring state and the protocol and if smaprt proxy was  the cassandra itself
> then it would have all the needed features tested and reliable at no effort.
> Thanks
> Alex
>  Good luck!
> 2012/5/16 Piavlo <>
>>  Hi,
>> I'm interested in using some smart proxy cassandra process that could act
>> as coordinator node and be aware of cluster state.
>> And run this smart proxy cassandra process on each client side host
>>  where the application(php) with short lived cassandra connections runs.
>> Besides being aware of cluster state if it could act as coordinator node
>> it would save unneeded network trips.
>> And maybe even have an option to take care of hinted handoffs.
>> IMHO the best candidate for this is the cassandra itself (like it's done
>> in elasticsearch
>> I also see there was a work done in this direction at
>> So maybe this is something that is already usable?
>> Or maybe there is some third party project that could be used as smart
>> cassandra proxy?
>> Thanks
>> Alex
>  --
> With kind regards,
>  Robin Verlangen

With kind regards,

Robin Verlangen

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