We're currently running our pre-production system on a 4 node EC2 cluster with C* 1.1.6.

We have the luxury of a fresh install..rebuilding all our data so we can skip upgrades and just install a clean system.  We obviously won't to do this very often so we'd like to do it right...take advantage of new features like vnodes (so we can scale more easily...we've very likely going to 6 nodes soon but not yet) and such.

We haven't made many changes to the yaml file...any advice on:
- configuration settings?
- any client side java level changes we have to make?
- other features we should really consider?

would be most appreciated.

Thank you,

Brian Tarbox