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From Mark Reddy <>
Subject Re: Why no virtual nodes for Cassandra on EC2?
Date Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:01:42 GMT
Hey Clint,

Someone for DataStax can correct me here, but I'm assuming that they have
disabled vnodes because the AMI is built to make it easy to set up a
mixed workload cluster. A mixture of Real-Time/Transactional (Cassandra),
Analytics (Hadoop), or Search (Solr). If you take a look at the getting
started guide for both Hadoop and Solr you will see a paragraph instructing
the user to disable vnodes for a mix workload cluster.

This is specific to the example AMI and that type of workload. This is by
no means a warning for users to disable vnodes on their
Real-Time/Transactional Cassandra only clusters on EC2.

I've used vnodes on EC2 without issue.


On 20 February 2015 at 05:08, Clint Kelly <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> The guide for installing Cassandra on EC2 says that
> "Note: The DataStax AMI does not install DataStax Enterprise nodes
> with virtual nodes enabled."
> Just curious why this is the case.  It was my understanding that
> virtual nodes make taking Cassandra nodes on and offline an easier
> process, and that seems like something that an EC2 user would want to
> do quite frequently.
> -Clint

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