image Cassandra with StorageOS:

Cassandra is a popular distributed NoSQL open source database.

Cassandra and StorageOS

There are several benefits with deploying Cassandra with StorageOS:

  • Instant, stateless Cassandra application containers on demand
  • Persistent, highly available storage for application and database data

Before you start, ensure you have StorageOS installed and ready on a Linux cluster.

Create a Cassandra Volume

  1. Create a 1GB volume called cassandra-data in the default namespace for each Cassandra ring member. In this example we will have a three member ring so three volumes will be created.

    $ docker volume create --driver storageos --opt size=1 cassandra-data
    $ docker volume create --driver storageos --opt size=1 cassandra-data2
    $ docker volume create --driver storageos --opt size=1 cassandra-data3
    $ docker volume list
    DRIVER              VOLUME NAME
    storageos           cassandra-data
    storageos           cassandra-data2
    storageos           cassandra-data3
  2. Run a Cassandra container using the StorageOS volume driver.

    $ docker run -d --name cassandra-docker \
    -v cassandra-data:/var/lib/cassandra    \
    • The Cassandra container image automatically exposes the default Cassandra TCP ports for communication with other containers.
  3. Confirm Cassandra is up and running.

    $ docker ps
    CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                  COMMAND                  CREATED             STATUS                PORTS                                         NAMES
    e701e4945fb6        cassandra:3.11         "docker-entrypoint.s…"   About an hour ago   Up About an hour      7000-7001/tcp, 7199/tcp, 9042/tcp, 9160/tcp   cassandra-docker
  4. Run the other two Cassandra containers

     $ docker run -d --name cassandra-docker2 \
     -v cassandra-data2:/var/lib/cassandra    \
     -e CASSANDRA_SEEDS="$(docker inspect --format='{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' cassandra-docker)" \
     $ docker run -d --name cassandra-docker3 \
     -v cassandra-data3:/var/lib/cassandra    \
     -e CASSANDRA_SEEDS="$(docker inspect --format='{{range .NetworkSettings.Networks}}{{.IPAddress}}{{end}}' cassandra-docker)" \
  5. Confirm that the cluster is working correctly

     $ docker exec -it cassandra-docker bash
     [email protected]:/# nodetool status
     Datacenter: datacenter1
     |/ State=Normal/Leaving/Joining/Moving
     --  Address     Load       Tokens       Owns (effective)  Host ID                               Rack
     UN  200.71 KiB  256          66.2%             e1313667-f07a-4c96-acb4-9cec76ee39cd  rack1
     UN  184.65 KiB  256          64.5%             c9e5b849-8b5c-4f2c-af88-e078d08ea1e1  rack1
     UN  172.88 KiB  256          69.3%             cbe970e9-3207-412b-916b-844a0123cf08  rack1

Create a test database

  1. Connect to Cassandra container and run the cassandra client.

    $ docker exec -it cassandra-docker cqlsh
     Connected to Test Cluster at
     [cqlsh 5.0.1 | Cassandra 3.11.3 | CQL spec 3.4.4 | Native protocol v4]
     Use HELP for help.
     cqlsh> SELECT cluster_name, listen_address FROM system.local;
      cluster_name | listen_address
      Test Cluster |
     (1 rows)


For more details on configuring and linking this container image please visit the Cassandra Docker Hub Repository.