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From aaron morton <>
Subject Re: Backup solution
Date Tue, 19 Mar 2013 07:49:32 GMT
IMHO this is a bad idea. 

* You secondary DC will have no redundancy, when you restart it you will be relying on HH
and nodetool repair. 
* If your secondary DC machine fails so does the singe copy of your backup. 
* There will be additional management overhead for managing an unbalanced DC. 
* Restoring will be a pain. 


Aaron Morton
Freelance Cassandra Consultant
New Zealand


On 19/03/2013, at 5:37 AM, Aaron Turner <> wrote:

> On Mon, Mar 18, 2013 at 7:33 AM, Rene Kochen
> <> wrote:
>> Hi Aaron,
>> Thank you for your answer!
>> My idea was to do the snapshots in the backup DC only. That way the backup
>> procedure will not affect the live DC. However I'm afraid that a
>> point-in-time recovery via the snapshots in the second DC (first restore
>> backup on backup DC and then repair live DC) will take too long. I expect
>> the data to grow significantly.
>> It makes more sense to use the second cluster as a hot standby (and make
>> snapshots on both clusters).
> Remember, snapshots are *cheap*.  There's almost literally zero I/O
> associated with a snapshot.  Backing up all that data off the system
> is a different story, but at least it's large sequential reads which
> is pretty well optimized.
> -- 
> Aaron Turner
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