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Mastering Apache Cassandra - Second Edition by Nishant Neeraj

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System configurations

Operating system configurations play a significant role in enhancing Cassandra performance. On a dedicated Cassandra server, resources must be tweaked to utilize the full potential of the machine.

Cassandra runs on a JVM, so it can be run on any system that has a JVM. It is recommended to use a Linux variant (CentOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, RHEL, and so on) for Cassandra's production deployment. There are many reasons to it. Configuring system-level settings is easier. Most of the production servers rely on Linux-like systems for deployment. As of April 2013, 65 percent of servers use it. The best toolings are available on Linux: SSH and pSSH commands such as top, free, df, and ps to measure system performance and excellent filesystems ...

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