Active Active - C* Behind the Scenes at Netflix

For this meetup, we are excited to be joined by two great speakers! Roopa Tangirala, Engineering Manager over at Netflix and Patrick McFadin, Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra.

What You'll Learn At This Meetup:

Roopa Tangirala: As more and more businesses move from enterprise IT solutions to web scale cloud solutions to cater to the growing customer needs, they need to be innovative and find ways the applications and infrastructures would to scale rapidly and be highly available.

High availability is an important requirement for any online business and trying to architect around failures and expecting infrastructure to fail and even then be highly available is the key to success. One such effort here at Netflix was the Active-Active implementation where we provided region resiliency. This presentation would discuss the brief overview of the active-active implementation and how it leveraged Cassandra’s architecture in the backend to achieve its goal. It will cover our journey though A-A from Cassandra’s perspective, the data validation we did to prove the backend would work without impacting customer experience. The various problems we ran into like long repair times and gc_grace settings. Our lessons learnt and what would we do differently next time around?

Patrick McFadin:

Preview of Apache Cassandra 2.1. Learn what’s been cooking on the Cassandra project as we get close to our 2.1 release. Two themes will jump out at you immediately: Performance and scalability. I’ll do a quick overview of coming enhancements and take a few questions.

*Be sure arrive on time. Check-in for the meetup is between 6:30pm-7pm and the presentation will begin exactly at 7pm. Also come straight from the office as food and beverages will be provided.


About Roopa Tangirala:

Engineering Manager at Netflix with over 12 years experience as Senior Cloud Data Architect, Database administrator working extensively on data modeling, performance tuning and guiding best practices of various persistence stores, be it RDBMS like Oracle or NoSQL like Cassandra.

About Patrick McFadin:

Patrick McFadin is regarded as one of the foremost experts of Apache Cassandra and data modeling techniques. As the Chief Evangelist for Apache Cassandra and consultant for DataStax, he has helped build some of the largest deployments in the world. Previous to DataStax, he was Chief Architect at Hobsons, an education services company. There, he spoke often on Web Application design and performance


A big thank you to Roopa, Christos and the rest of the Netflix team for hosting!


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  • Ahmad S.

    It was a GREAT learning to hear about the experience of Netflix team of their Active-Active Cassandra implementation....

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Lina T.

      glad you enjoyed it! hope to see you at the next one!

      May 15, 2014

  • Michael S.

    Really enjoyed the content--both good talks!

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Lina T.

      thanks for coming out michael! :)

      May 15, 2014

  • Wei D.

    Very high quality content.

    2 · May 14, 2014

  • Brad S.

    Wow is all I can say. If anyone wants to talk about the importance of branding talk about Active Active with Netfilx. The thing I heard more than once "we are only spending about 20% more to make sure we never tarnish our brand again" really impressed me. Cassandra showed strong and DataStax Enterprise seems to found a niche at a place that tends to "roll its own".

    4 · May 14, 2014

  • John K.

    Two great talks. Cassandra 2.1 sounds like a great release.

    1 · May 14, 2014

    • Lina T.

      Glad you could make it out John! Hope to see you at the next one!

      May 14, 2014

  • Paul N.

    Will there be a video recording of this session?

    May 14, 2014

    • Lina T.

      Yes, I will send it out along with the slide deck soon!

      1 · May 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to join this meetup. I used to work for AWS and now for Netflix and would like to learn how to maintain a reliable and scalable infras

    1 · May 12, 2014

    • Lina T.

      Looking forward to having you there Henry!

      May 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Lina. See you soon.

      May 12, 2014

  • Venkat

    Hi, Currently I am faced with long and unsuccessful read repairs, love to hear more about it. -Venkat

    April 26, 2014

    • Lina T.

      Hi Venkat, if you're interested, I would love to offer you some resources that can help you out with your issues, please email me at [masked]. Thank you

      May 7, 2014

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