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Scylla Roadmaps: Upcoming NoSQL Database Features

Scylla is the best choice for real-time big data workloads

Scylla is a drop-in replacement for Apache Cassandra and Amazon DynamoDB:

  • Drivers: All Apache Cassandra Compatible
  • Protocols: CQL, Thrift, JMX
  • Tooling: cqlsh, nodetool, cassandra-stress, and all of Cassandra 3.0+ tools
  • Storage: SSTable 3.0 format

Scylla additionally has partial API compatibility to the following APIs:

  • DynamoDB API
  • Redis API

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Scylla Enterprise Roadmap

Based on the Scylla Open Source project, Scylla Enterprise is our most feature-rich NoSQL database. It includes a Scylla Enterprise license, tested and certified binaries, software updates, hot fixes, technical support, and best practices. Scylla Enterprise Support guarantees you will have access to the engineers who developed Scylla.

Scylla Open Source features are migrated to Scylla Enterprise after they’ve undergone additional testing and feedback from customers. However, Scylla Enterprise also includes features that are not part of the open source release. These features focus on security, management and cost savings.

The latest Scylla Enterprise release is available for customers and evaluation

The 2019.1 branch is based on Scylla Open Source 3.0 and includes backport bug fixes from previous versions of both Scylla Open Source and Scylla Enterprise. The 2020.1 branch will be based on Scylla Open Source 4.0.

Scylla Enterprise versioning schema is: Year (as major version).minor.patch; for example, Scylla Enterprise 2019.1.6, 2019 is the major version, 1 the minor, 6 the patch.

Planned Scylla Enterprise features:

  • Lightweight Transactions (LWT) – 2020.1
  • DynamoDB compatible API – 2020.1
  • Capturing table activity with streams (CDC) – 2020.1.x
  • LDAP integration – 2020.1.x
  • Security: additional key providers (KMS, Azure key vault) — 2020.1.x
  • Authentication (SSO with SAML, BYO) — 2020.1.x
  • Authorization (BYO) — 2020.1.x

 

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Scylla Enterprise Roadmap

Based on the Scylla Open Source project, Scylla Enterprise is our most feature-rich NoSQL database. It includes a Scylla Enterprise license, tested and certified binaries, software updates, hot fixes, technical support, and best practices. Scylla Enterprise Support guarantees you will have access to the engineers who developed Scylla.

Scylla Open Source features are migrated to Scylla Enterprise after they’ve undergone additional testing and feedback from customers. However, Scylla Enterprise also includes features that are not part of the open source release. These features focus on security, management and cost savings.

The latest Scylla Enterprise release is available for customers and evaluation

The 2019.1 branch is based on Scylla Open Source 3.0 and includes backport bug fixes from previous versions of both Scylla Open Source and Scylla Enterprise. The 2020.1 branch will be based on Scylla Open Source 4.0.

Scylla Enterprise versioning schema is: Year (as major version).minor.patch; for example, Scylla Enterprise 2019.1.6, 2019 is the major version, 1 the minor, 6 the patch.

Planned Scylla Enterprise features:

  • Lightweight Transactions (LWT) – 2020.1
  • DynamoDB compatible API – 2020.1
  • Capturing table activity with streams (CDC) – 2020.1.x
  • LDAP integration – 2020.1.x
  • Security: additional key providers (KMS, Azure key vault) — 2020.1.x
  • Authentication (SSO with SAML, BYO) — 2020.1.x
  • Authorization (BYO) — 2020.1.x

 

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Scylla Open Source Roadmap

ScyllaDB is an open source company that is committed to shared innovation and transparency that leads to continually improving the features of NoSQL databases.

This page is a point-in-time snapshot of our current efforts and plans. However, our plans are always responsive to customer input, market evolution, and development constraints of database technologies.

Track progress through the open source Scylla project on GitHub including a public project issue tracker. You are welcome to add database feature requests and vote for your favorite issue.

We have an additional set of advanced NoSQL database features that go beyond Apache Cassandra, for example, Heat-Weighted Load-Balancing, CPU and I/O schedulers, CDC, AWS DynamoDB compatible API (Alternator) and more. As we continue to evolve beyond Apache Cassandra we guarantee to keep backward compatibility (Thrift, for example, is here to stay) and future compatibility with the future development of Cassandra.

We release a Scylla minor version periodically, with both bug fixes and new features. Complex features for more advanced database architectures will be flagged as experimental for one release, marking them as completed, but not thoroughly tested yet. The list below includes features visible to users. At the same time, we put most of our effort into internal optimizations, performance improvements, and workload conditioning.

Scylla is moving fast! Keep an eye on the scylladb-users mailing list for updates.

Planned features for Scylla Open Source 4.x

  • AWS DynamoDB compatible API (Alternator) enhancements
  • Change Data Capture (CDC)
  • User-Defined Functions (UDF) in Lua
  • Offline Installer
  • CentOS 8 and Debian 10 Support

We are invested in improving big data database technologies in 2020 and beyond, including an improved disk format, different database enhancements and integration with analytics and search.

Want to hear more about our ideas for Scylla Open Source and Scylla Enterprise? Please contact us.

 

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Scylla Cloud Roadmap

Create real-time applications that run at global scale with the industry’s most performant NoSQL database, available as a highly affordable DBaaS. Scylla Cloud gives you access to fully managed Scylla clusters with automatic backup, repairs, performance optimization, security hardening, 24*7 maintenance and support. All for a fraction of the cost of other DBaaS offerings.

Planned Scylla Cloud features:

  • Adding full Scylla Monitoring Grafana dashboards
  • Multiple users per account through the UI (vs command line)
  • Management within the customer’s account through the UI (vs command line)
  • Support for Azure, GCP
  • Migration tools

 

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Scylla Manager Roadmap

Scylla Manager is a centralized, highly available, NoSQL database management solution for multiple Scylla clusters. It is part of the Scylla Enterprise offering and is also available to Scylla Open Source users (limited to 5 nodes).

Scylla Manager 2.x now includes recurrent backups to AWS S3 and a new Scylla Agent.

While the list below includes advanced database management features visible to the users, we put most of our effort into under the hood optimizations, performance improvements, and autonomous database functionality.

Planned Scylla Manager 2.x features:

  • Backup to more targets – 2.x
  • Automated restore and clone – 2.x
  • Time Window support – 2.x
  • Cluster Management – Scylla Manager 3.0 (basic), 3.1 (extended)
  • Alerts Manager – Scylla Manager 3.x
  • Log Collection – Scylla Manager 3.x
  • Manager Role-Based Access Control – Scylla Manager 3.x
  • UI console – Scylla Manager 3.x
  • Scylla-as-a-Service – cloud-based database management system

 

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Scylla Monitoring Stack Roadmap

Scylla Monitoring Stack is a bundle of three components (a Prometheus metric collector, alert manager, and Grafana 6 dashboards) that can be deployed as containers or directly onto a host. It collects metrics and events through the Scylla Agent from nodes and from Scylla Manager. 

The stack empowers DevOps, Infrastructure Operations, and Database Administrators to quickly find and fix issues impacting the performance of their Scylla cluster. Teams can drill down from high-level dashboards to detailed metrics to determine next steps.

Scylla Monitoring 3.2 introduces dashboard annotations for repair and backup as well as a new collection of dashboard screens. 

Planned Scylla Manager 3.x features:

  • Support monitoring of future version of Scylla, Scylla Enterprise and Scylla Manager
  • Add annotations for Cluster wide operation
  • Unified packaging and operation with Scylla Manager

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Scylla Operator Roadmap

Scylla Operator (Preview) is a new tool for automating the deployment of Scylla clusters within a kubernetes environment. It currently it supports: 

  • Deploying across multi-zone clusters
  • Scaling up clusters or adding new racks
  • Scaling down clusters
  • Monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana

Planned Scylla Operator features:

  • Fully install Scylla and Scylla Enterprise Clusters, including Monitoring and Scylla Manager
  • Automate Scylla Cluster operations on K8s
  • Available on and tested with managed K8s providers

Scylla Enterprise Product Icon

Scylla Enterprise Roadmap

Based on the Scylla Open Source project, Scylla Enterprise is our most feature-rich NoSQL database. It includes a Scylla Enterprise license, tested and certified binaries, software updates, hot fixes, technical support, and best practices. Scylla Enterprise Support guarantees you will have access to the engineers who developed Scylla.

Scylla Open Source features are migrated to Scylla Enterprise after they’ve undergone additional testing and feedback from customers. However, Scylla Enterprise also includes features that are not part of the open source release. These features focus on security, management and cost savings.

The latest Scylla Enterprise release is available for customers and evaluation

The 2019.1 branch is based on Scylla Open Source 3.0 and includes backport bug fixes from previous versions of both Scylla Open Source and Scylla Enterprise. The 2020.1 branch will be based on Scylla Open Source 4.0.

Scylla Enterprise versioning schema is: Year (as major version).minor.patch; for example, Scylla Enterprise 2019.1.6, 2019 is the major version, 1 the minor, 6 the patch.

Planned Scylla Enterprise features:

  • Lightweight Transactions (LWT) – 2020.1
  • DynamoDB compatible API – 2020.1
  • Capturing table activity with streams (CDC) – 2020.1.x
  • LDAP integration – 2020.1.x
  • Security: additional key providers (KMS, Azure key vault) — 2020.1.x
  • Authentication (SSO with SAML, BYO) — 2020.1.x
  • Authorization (BYO) — 2020.1.x

Scylla Open Source Product Icon

Scylla Open Source Roadmap

ScyllaDB is an open source company that is committed to shared innovation and transparency that leads to continually improving the features of NoSQL databases.

This page is a point-in-time snapshot of our current efforts and plans. However, our plans are always responsive to customer input, market evolution, and development constraints of database technologies.

Track progress through the open source Scylla project on GitHub including a public project issue tracker. You are welcome to add database feature requests and vote for your favorite issue.

We have an additional set of advanced NoSQL database features that go beyond Apache Cassandra, for example, Heat-Weighted Load-Balancing, CPU and I/O schedulers, CDC, AWS DynamoDB compatible API (Alternator) and more. As we continue to evolve beyond Apache Cassandra we guarantee to keep backward compatibility (Thrift, for example, is here to stay) and future compatibility with the future development of Cassandra.

We release a Scylla minor version periodically, with both bug fixes and new features. Complex features for more advanced database architectures will be flagged as experimental for one release, marking them as completed, but not thoroughly tested yet. The list below includes features visible to users. At the same time, we put most of our effort into internal optimizations, performance improvements, and workload conditioning.

Scylla is moving fast! Keep an eye on the scylladb-users mailing list for updates.

Planned features for Scylla Open Source 4.x

  • AWS DynamoDB compatible API (Alternator) enhancements
  • Change Data Capture (CDC)
  • User-Defined Functions (UDF) in Lua
  • Offline Installer
  • CentOS 8 and Debian 10 Support

We are invested in improving big data database technologies in 2020 and beyond, including an improved disk format, different database enhancements and integration with analytics and search.

Want to hear more about our ideas for Scylla Open Source and Scylla Enterprise? Please contact us.

Scylla Cloud Product Icon

Scylla Cloud Roadmap

Create real-time applications that run at global scale with the industry’s most performant NoSQL database, available as a highly affordable DBaaS. Scylla Cloud gives you access to fully managed Scylla clusters with automatic backup, repairs, performance optimization, security hardening, 24*7 maintenance and support. All for a fraction of the cost of other DBaaS offerings.

Planned Scylla Cloud features:

  • Adding full Scylla Monitoring Grafana dashboards
  • Multiple users per account through the UI (vs command line)
  • Management within the customer’s account through the UI (vs command line)
  • Support for Azure, GCP
  • Migration tools

Scylla Drivers Mascot

Scylla Manager Roadmap

Scylla Manager is a centralized, highly available, NoSQL database management solution for multiple Scylla clusters. It is part of the Scylla Enterprise offering and is also available to Scylla Open Source users (limited to 5 nodes).

Scylla Manager 2.x now includes recurrent backups to AWS S3 and a new Scylla Agent.

While the list below includes advanced database management features visible to the users, we put most of our effort into under the hood optimizations, performance improvements, and autonomous database functionality.

Planned Scylla Manager 2.x features:

  • Backup to more targets – 2.x
  • Automated restore and clone – 2.x
  • Time Window support – 2.x
  • Cluster Management – Scylla Manager 3.0 (basic), 3.1 (extended)
  • Alerts Manager – Scylla Manager 3.x
  • Log Collection – Scylla Manager 3.x
  • Manager Role-Based Access Control – Scylla Manager 3.x
  • UI console – Scylla Manager 3.x
  • Scylla-as-a-Service – cloud-based database management system

Scylla Monitoring Stack Product Icon

Scylla Monitoring Stack Roadmap

Scylla Monitoring Stack is a bundle of three components (a Prometheus metric collector, alert manager, and Grafana 6 dashboards) that can be deployed as containers or directly onto a host. It collects metrics and events through the Scylla Agent from nodes and from Scylla Manager. 

The stack empowers DevOps, Infrastructure Operations, and Database Administrators to quickly find and fix issues impacting the performance of their Scylla cluster. Teams can drill down from high-level dashboards to detailed metrics to determine next steps.

Scylla Monitoring 3.2 introduces dashboard annotations for repair and backup as well as a new collection of dashboard screens. 

Planned Scylla Manager 3.x features:

  • Support monitoring of future version of Scylla, Scylla Enterprise and Scylla Manager
  • Add annotations for Cluster wide operation
  • Unified packaging and operation with Scylla Manager

Scylla Operator Product Icon

Scylla Operator Roadmap

Scylla Operator (Preview) is a new tool for automating the deployment of Scylla clusters within a kubernetes environment. It currently it supports: 

  • Deploying across multi-zone clusters
  • Scaling up clusters or adding new racks
  • Scaling down clusters
  • Monitoring with Prometheus and Grafana

Planned Scylla Operator features:

  • Fully install Scylla and Scylla Enterprise Clusters, including Monitoring and Scylla Manager
  • Automate Scylla Cluster operations on K8s
  • Available on and tested with managed K8s providers

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Platform Roadmap

Scylla’s long-term roadmap divides features into three major categories:

  1. Core features. These are improvements to deepen the Scylla advantage: New storage format, additional columnar format, hook Seastar userspace TCP stack to Scylla using Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), K/V optimizations, true multi-tenancy to guarantee SLA among tenants, management console, and more.
  2. Vertical enhancements. Spark and Scylla are a combination made in heaven. We will enhance the interface with MapReduce aggregations on the Scylla side and prevent expensive full-table-scans. Spark is one example; Presto, KairosDB, and JanusGraph are additional viable examples. Vertical enhancement isn’t just upwards but also downwards towards the hardware. A userspace filesystem and 3D-xpoint are on the horizon too.
  3. Horizontal growth. When you have an engine such as Seastar and clustering technology derived from Apache Cassandra, why settle for CQL? We’ve shown that Seastar can create blazing-fast httpd. Beyond Cassandra’s CQL and Thrift interfaces we now support a DynamoDB compatible API. There are more big data projects that require new database system technology and it is our commitment to you to help pioneer and distribute innovative, advanced database solutions.. This is where you can chime in and extend Scylla and Seastar for your specific high scalability software architecture use cases. For example, Peng Jian already committed the Redis API to our open source database.

The material on this page is intended to outline our general product direction. It is intended for information purposes only, and is subject to change. It may not be incorporated into any contract and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. It is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality. The development, release and timing of any specific features or functionality described for ScyllaDB’s products and services remain at the sole discretion of ScyllaDB.

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