3 Useful Apache Cassandra Tools Pt. 9

Apache Cassandra is a free and open-source NoSQL database management system that is designed to handle large amounts of data with no single point of failure. In this blog post, I’m going to highlight 3 different but useful tools that make life easier when using Apache Cassandra.


The first tool I’m going to talk about is called “Medusa“. It is a command-line tool that backups and restores Cassandra. It has been used on small and large clusters and provides most of the features needed by an operations team. Medusa’s features include:

  • Single node backup
  • Single node restore
  • Cluster-wide in place restore
  • Cluster-wide remote restore
  • Backup purge
  • Support for local storage, Google Cloud Storage (GCS) and AWS S3 through Apache Libcloud. It can be extended to support other storage providers supported by Apache Libcloud.
  • Support for clusters using single tokens or vnodes
  • Full or incremental backups


Now, the second tool is called “Heroic“. Heroic is an open-source monitoring system to address the problems that we’re facing with large scale gathering and near real-time analysis of metrics. The end result is a scalable time-series database based on Bigtable, Cassandra, and Elasticsearch. Heroic’s features include:


Finally, the last tool that I’m going to talk about is called “Express-Cassandra“. Express-Cassandra enables your nodejs app to manage a highly available distributed data store capable of handling large datasets with powerful query features. This empowers you to manage and query this truly distributed datastore with search, analytics and graph computing functionality from nodejs. Express-Cassandra’s features include:

  • Supports the latest Cassandra 3.x releases
  • Support for Elassandra index management and search queries
  • Support for janusgraph graph management and tinkerpop3 gremlin queries
  • Compatible with DataStax Enterprise Solr search and DSE graph
  • Full-featured CRUD operations and data type validations
  • Full support for collections and other advanced data types
  • Materialized views, secondary/custom/sasi indexes
  • Complex queries, streaming and token-based pagination
  • User-defined types/functions/aggregates
  • Batching ORM operations for atomic updates
  • Hook functions
  • Promise support with async suffixed functions

I hope that these 3 tools help to ease your work with Apache Cassandra.


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