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Introduction to Cassandra

Course Summary

The Introduction to Cassandra training course is designed to demonstrate a solid foundation on Apache Cassandra.

This highly-structured, project-based course takes you through installing Cassandra, defining a database, creating tables, inserting data, modeling data, creating an application, updating data, creating a cluster, adding nodes, repairing nodes, removing nodes, Cassandra's architecture, as well as common use cases.

Learn about the functions of Cassandra required to build a Cassandra-based application.
Developers, solution architects, system administrators, and technical managers looking to adopt Cassandra.
System Administrator
Skill Level
Hack-a-thon - Learning Spikes - Workshops
2 Days
Related Technologies
Big Data Training | Cassandra | NoSQL | Apache


Productivity Objectives
  • Summarize what Cassandra is used for
  • Describe Cassandra's architecture
  • Install Cassandra
  • Define a Cassandra database and tables
  • Insert, update, and delete data
  • Discover data modeling in Cassandra
  • Create an application
  • Select hardware
  • Create a cluster
  • Add, repair, and remove nodes

What You'll Learn:

In the Introduction to Cassandra training course, you'll learn:
  • Cassandra Foundation
    • Understanding what Cassandra is
    • Learning what Cassandra is used for
  • Get Started with the Architecture
    • Understanding that Cassandra is a distributed database
    • Learning what Snitch is for
    • Learning what gossip is for
    • Learning how data Gets distributed and replicated
  • Cassandra Installation
    • Downloading Cassandra
    • Ensuring Oracle Java 7 is installed
    • Installing Cassandra
    • Viewing the main configuration file
    • Providing Cassandra with permission to directories
    • Starting Cassandra
    • Checking status
    • Accessing the Cassandra system.log file
  • Communication with Cassandra
    • Understanding Ways to Communicate with Cassandra
    • Using cqlsh
  • Create a Database
    • Understanding a Cassandra database
    • Defining a keyspace
  • Create a Table
    • Creating a table
    • Defining columns and data types
    • Defining a primary key
    • Recognizing a partition key
    • Specifying a descending clustering order
  • Insert Data
    • Understanding ways to write data
    • Using the INSERT INTO command
    • Using the COPY command
    • Seeing how data is stored in Cassandra
    • Seeing how data is stored on disk
  • Model Data
    • Understanding data modeling in Cassandra
    • Understanding secondary indexes
    • Creating a secondary index
    • Defining a composite partition key
  • Create an Application
    • Understanding Cassandra drivers
    • Exploring the DataStax Java Driver
    • Setting up a development environment
    • Creating an application page
    • Getting the DataStax Java Driver files
    • Connecting to a Cassandra Cluster
    • Executing a query
    • Displaying query results
    • Using an MVC pattern
  • Update and Delete Data
    • Updating data
    • Understanding how updating works
    • Deleting data
    • Understanding tombstones
    • Using TTLs
  • Hardware Selection
    • Understanding hardware choices
    • Understanding RAM and CPU recommendations
    • Selecting storage
    • Deploying in the Cloud
  • Node Additions to a Cluster
    • Understanding Cassandra Nodes
    • Having a Network Connection
    • Specifying the IP Address of a Node in Cassandra
    • Specifying seed Nodes
    • Bootstrapping a Node
    • Cleaning up a Node
    • Using cassandra-stress
  • Cluster Monitoring
    • Understanding Cassandra monitoring tools
    • Using Nodetool
    • Using JConsole
    • Learning about OpsCenter
  • Nodes Repairs
    • Understanding repair
    • Repairing Nodes
    • Understanding consistency
    • Understanding hinted handoff
    • Understanding read repair
  • Node Removal
    • Decommissioning a Node
    • Putting a Node back into service
    • Removing a dead Node
  • How to Redefine a Cluster for Multiple Data Centers
    • Redefining for multiple data centers
    • Changing Snitch type
    • Modifying
    • Changing replication strategy
“I appreciated the instructor's technique of writing live code examples rather than using fixed slide decks to present the material.”


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