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From Anthony Molinaro <>
Subject Data Center Move
Date Thu, 02 Sep 2010 18:09:46 GMT

  We're running cassandra 0.6.4, and need to do a data center move of
a cluster (from EC2 to our own data center).   Because of the way the
networks are set up we can't actually connect these boxes directly, so
the original plan of add some nodes in the new colo, let them bootstrap
then decommission nodes in the old colo until the data is all transfered
will not work.

So I'm wondering if the following will work

1. take a snapshot on the source cluster
2. rsync all the files from the old machines to the new machines (we'd most
   likely be reducing the total number of machines, so would do things like
   take 4-5 machines worth of data and put it onto 1 machine)
3. bring up the new machines in the new colo
4. run cleanup on all new nodes?
5. run repair on all new nodes?

So will this work?  If so, are steps 4 and 5 correct?

I realize we will miss any new data that happens between the snapshot
and turning on writes on the new cluster, but I think we might be able
to just tune compaction such that it doesn't happen, then just sync
the files that change while the data transfers happen?



Anthony Molinaro                           <>

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