The CQL docs recommend not using it - I didn't just make that up.  :)  COMPACT STORAGE imposes the limit that you can't add columns to your tables.  For those of us that are heavy CQL users, this limitation is a total deal breaker.  

On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM, Robert Coli <> wrote:
On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:10 PM, Jonathan Haddad <> wrote:
It's advised you do not use compact storage, as it's primarily for backwards compatibility.

Many Apache Cassandra experts do not advise against using COMPACT STORAGE. [1] Use CQL3 non-COMPACT STORAGE if you want to, but there are also valid reasons to not use it. Asserting that there is some good reason you should not use COMPACT STORAGE (other than range ghosts?) seems inaccurate. :)

Jon Haddad
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