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18 March 2017

ScyllaDB with Eyal Gutkind - Episode 4 - E4

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If you like the features of Cassandra DB but wish it ran faster with fewer resources then ScyllaDB is the answer you have been looking for. In this episode Eyal Gutkind explains how Scylla was created and how it differentiates itself in the crowded database market.


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  • Your host is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Eyal Gutkind about ScyllaDB


  • Introduction
  • How did you get involved in the area of data management?
  • What is ScyllaDB and why would someone choose to use it?
  • How do you ensure sufficient reliability and accuracy of the database engine?
  • The large draw of Scylla is that it is a drop in replacement of Cassandra with faster performance and no requirement to manage th JVM. What are some of the technical and architectural design choices that have enabled you to do that?
  • Deployment and tuning
  • What challenges are inroduced as a result of needing to maintain API compatibility with a diferent product?
  • Do you have visibility or advance knowledge of what new interfaces are being added to the Apache Cassandra project, or are you forced to play a game of keep up?
  • Are there any issues with compatibility of plugins for CassandraDB running on Scylla?
  • For someone who wants to deploy and tune Scylla, what are the steps involved?
  • Is it possible to join a Scylla cluster to an existing Cassandra cluster for live data migration and zero downtime swap?
  • What prompted the decision to form a company around the database?
  • What are some other uses of Seastar?

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