Replication Factor

NetworkTopologyStrategy (Create keyspace) Define Replication Factor

For multiple data centers the replication NetworkTopologyStrategy is recommended for production environments.

When the mails keyspace is created, set replication to NetworkTopologyStrategy. The example below sets replication factor to 3 in each data center.

CREATE KEYSPACE 'mails' IF NOT EXIST WITH REPLICATION = { 'class' : 'NetworkTopologyStrategy', 'dc1_name' : 3, 'dc2_name' : 3 }

GossipingPropertyFileSnitch (Edit file


Every node will only define itself

A snitch determines which data centers and racks nodes belong to. The replication (in this case NetworkTopologyStrategy) places the replicas based on snitch information.

The GossipingPropertyFileSnitch uses Cassandra’s gossip protocol to automatically update snitch information when adding new nodes. This is the recommended snitch for production.

Configure GossipingPropertyFileSnitch on each node with only localhost information. Cassandra discovers all the nodes in the ring via Gossip protocol on start up.

Examples: (Example names Only)

Node1, dc1_name files content:


Node 2, dc1_name files content:


Node 1, dc2_name files content:


Endpoint_Snitch (Cassandra.yaml)

Modify the cassandra.yaml file “endpoint_snitch” to use “GossipingPropertyFileSnitch”.

endpoint_snitch: GossipingPropertyFileSnitch