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From Seth Edwards <>
Subject Re: Adding disk capacity to a running node
Date Mon, 17 Oct 2016 18:11:07 GMT
We're running 2.0.16. We're migrating to a new data model but we've had an
unexpected increase in write traffic that has caused us some capacity
issues when we encounter compactions. Our old data model is on STCS. We'd
like to add another ebs volume (we're on aws) to our JBOD config and
hopefully avoid any situation where we run out of disk space during a large
compaction. It appears that the behavior we are hoping to get is actually
undesirable and removed in 3.2. It still might be an option for us until we
can finish the migration.

I'm not familiar with LVM so it may be a bit risky to try at this point.

On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 9:42 AM, Yabin Meng <> wrote:

> I assume you're talking about Cassandra JBOD (just a bunch of disk) setup
> because you do mention it as adding it to the list of data directories. If
> this is the case, you may run into issues, depending on your C* version.
> Check this out:
> Or another approach is to use LVM to manage multiple devices into a single
> mount point. If you do so, from what Cassandra can see is just simply
> increased disk storage space and there should should have no problem.
> Hope this helps,
> Yabin
> On Mon, Oct 17, 2016 at 11:54 AM, Vladimir Yudovin <>
> wrote:
>> Yes, Cassandra should keep percent of disk usage equal for all disk.
>> Compaction process and SSTable flushes will use new disk to distribute both
>> new and existing data.
>> Best regards, Vladimir Yudovin,
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>> ---- On Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:43:27 -0400*Seth Edwards <
>> <>>* wrote ----
>> We have a few nodes that are running out of disk capacity at the moment
>> and instead of adding more nodes to the cluster, we would like to add
>> another disk to the server and add it to the list of data directories. My
>> question, is, will Cassandra use the new disk for compactions on sstables
>> that already exist in the primary directory?
>> Thanks!

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