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An Elassandra Chart for Kubernetes.

Install Chart

To install the Elassandra Chart into your Kubernetes cluster (This Chart requires persistent volume by default, you may need to create a storage class before install chart. To create storage class, see Persist data section)

helm install --namespace "default" -n "elassandra" incubator/elassandra

After installation succeeds, you can get a status of Chart

helm status "elassandra"

As show below, the Elassandra chart creates 2 clustered service for elasticsearch and cassandra.

kubectl get all -o wide -n elassandra
NAME                          READY     STATUS    RESTARTS   AGE
pod/elassandra-0              1/1       Running   0          51m
pod/elassandra-1              1/1       Running   0          50m
pod/elassandra-2              1/1       Running   0          49m

NAME                               TYPE        CLUSTER-IP     EXTERNAL-IP   PORT(S)                                                          AGE
service/elassandra                 ClusterIP   None           <none>        7199/TCP,7000/TCP,7001/TCP,9300/TCP,9042/TCP,9160/TCP,9200/TCP   51m
service/elassandra-cassandra       ClusterIP    <none>        9042/TCP,9160/TCP                                                51m
service/elassandra-elasticsearch   ClusterIP    <none>        9200/TCP                                                         51m

NAME                          DESIRED   CURRENT   AGE
statefulset.apps/elassandra   3         3         51m

If you want to delete your Chart, use this command

helm delete  --purge "elassandra"

Enable/Disable elasticsearch

You can enable/disable the elasticsearch service by setting the following values in values.yaml

  enabled: true

Persist data

You need to create StorageClass before able to persist data in persistent volume. To create a StorageClass on Google Cloud, run the following

kubectl create -f sample/create-storage-gce.yaml

And set the following values in values.yaml

  enabled: true

If you want to create a StorageClass on other platform, please see documentation here

If you want to use SSD managed disk on Microsoft Azure, set persistence.storageClassName: "managed-premium" in values.yaml.

When running a cluster without persistence, the termination of a pod will first initiate a decommissioning of that pod. Depending on the amount of data stored inside the cluster this may take a while. In order to complete a graceful termination, pods need to get more time for it. Set the following values in values.yaml:

  terminationGracePeriodSeconds: 1800

Install Chart with specific cluster size

By default, this Chart will create an elassandra with 3 nodes. If you want to change the cluster size during installation, you can use --set config.cluster_size={value} argument. Or edit values.yaml

For example: Set cluster size to 5

helm install --namespace "elassandra" -n "elassandra" --set config.cluster_size=5 incubator/elassandra/

Install Chart with specific resource size

By default, this Chart will create a cassandra with CPU 2 vCPU and 4Gi of memory which is suitable for development environment. If you want to use this Chart for production, I would recommend to update the CPU to 4 vCPU and 16Gi. Also increase size of max_heap_size and heap_new_size. To update the settings, edit values.yaml


The following table lists the configurable parameters of the Cassandra chart and their default values.

Parameter Description Default
image.repo elassandra image repository strapdata/elassandra
image.tag elassandra image tag
image.pullPolicy Image pull policy Always if imageTag is latest, else IfNotPresent
image.pullSecrets Image pull secrets nil
elasticsearch.enabled Enable elasticsearch service true
config.cluster_name The name of the cluster. elassandra
config.cluster_size The number of nodes in the cluster. 3
config.seed_size The number of seed nodes used to bootstrap new clients joining the cluster. 1
config.num_tokens Initdb Arguments 16
config.dc_name Initdb Arguments DC1
config.rack_name Initdb Arguments RAC1
config.endpoint_snitch Initdb Arguments GossipingPropertyFileSnitch
config.max_heap_size Initdb Arguments 4096M
config.heap_new_size Initdb Arguments 512M
config.ports.cql Initdb Arguments 9042
config.ports.thrift Initdb Arguments 9160
config.ports.elasticsearch Initdb Arguments 9200
config.ports.transport Initdb Arguments 9300
config.ports.agent The port of the JVM Agent (if any) nil
config.start_rpc Initdb Arguments false
configs Extra configuration mounted in /usr/share/cassandra/conf
extraVolumeMounts Mount extra volume(s),
extraVolumes Extra volumes
persistence.enabled Use a PVC to persist data true
persistence.storageClass Storage class of backing PVC nil (uses alpha storage class annotation)
persistence.accessMode Use volume as ReadOnly or ReadWrite ReadWriteOnce
persistence.size Size of data volume 10Gi
resources CPU/Memory resource requests/limits Memory: 4Gi, CPU: 2
podManagementPolicy podManagementPolicy of the StatefulSet OrderedReady
updateStrategy.type UpdateStrategy of the StatefulSet RollingUpdate
livenessProbe.initialDelaySeconds Delay before liveness probe is initiated 30
livenessProbe.periodSeconds How often to perform the probe 5
livenessProbe.timeoutSeconds When the probe times out 5
livenessProbe.successThreshold Minimum consecutive successes for the probe to be considered successful after having failed. 1
livenessProbe.failureThreshold Minimum consecutive failures for the probe to be considered failed after having succeeded. 10
readinessProbe.initialDelaySeconds Delay before readiness probe is initiated 30
readinessProbe.periodSeconds How often to perform the probe 5
readinessProbe.timeoutSeconds When the probe times out 5
readinessProbe.successThreshold Minimum consecutive successes for the probe to be considered successful after having failed. 1
readinessProbe.failureThreshold Minimum consecutive failures for the probe to be considered failed after having succeeded. 10

Scale elassandra

When you want to change the cluster size of your cassandra, you can use the helm upgrade command.

helm upgrade --set config.cluster_size=5 elassandra incubator/elassandra

Switch form Elassandra / Cassandra

You can switch from Elassandra (Elasticsearch enabled) to pure Cassandra (Elasticsearch disabled) by setting the elasticsearch.enabled to true or false, this change java main class.

WARNING: As soon as you have created one elasticsearch index in your elassandra cluster, the CQL schema requires that all nodes runs the elassandra binaries. Running a node with standard cassandra binaries will causes a ClassNotFounException when trying to instanciate the elasticsearch custom secondary index.

Get elassandra status

You can get your elassandra cluster status by running the command

kubectl exec -it --namespace elassandra $(kubectl get pods --namespace elassandra -l app=elassandra-elassandra -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') nodetool status


Datacenter: asia-east1
|/ State=Normal/Leaving/Joining/Moving
--  Address    Load       Tokens       Owns (effective)  Host ID                               Rack
UN  108.45 KiB  256          66.1%             410cc9da-8993-4dc2-9026-1dd381874c54  a
UN  84.08 KiB  256          68.7%             96e159e1-ef94-406e-a0be-e58fbd32a830  c
UN   103.07 KiB  256          65.2%             1a42b953-8728-4139-b070-b855b8fff326  b

To check the elasticsearch cluster status:

kubectl exec -it -n elassandra $(kubectl get pods -n elassandra -l app=elassandra,release=elassandra -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') curl http://localhost:9200/_cluster/state?pretty

To check elasticsearch nodes status:

kubectl exec -it -n elassandra $(kubectl get pods -n elassandra -l app=elassandra,release=elassandra -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') curl http://localhost:9200/_cat/nodes

To check Elasticsearch indices:

kubectl exec -it -n elassandra $(kubectl get pods -n elassandra -l app=elassandra,release=elassandra -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') curl http://localhost:9200/_cat/indices?v
health status index uuid                   pri rep docs.count docs.deleted store.size
green  open   test  kVpEHykCR7CT_Xnlastq7A   3   0          1            0      3.5kb          3.5kb

Deploy Kibana

To install the Kibana chart with the release name elassandra:

$ helm install --namespace "elassandra" --name kibana --set image.tag=6.2.3 --set env.ELASTICSEARCH_URL="http://elassandra-elasticsearch:9200" stable/kibana

To forward the kibana port to POD localhost:5601 run the following:

kubectl port-forward -n elassandra $(kubectl get pods -n elassandra -l app=kibana -o jsonpath='{ .items[0] }') 5601:5601


You can use cassandra-stress tool to run the benchmark on the cluster by the following command

kubectl exec -it --namespace elassandra $(kubectl get pods --namespace elassandra -l app=elassandra-elassandra -o jsonpath='{.items[0]}') cassandra-stress

Example of cassandra-stress argument

  • Run both read and write with ration 9:1
  • Operator total 1 million keys with uniform distribution
  • Use QUORUM for read/write
  • Generate 50 threads
  • Generate result in graph
  • Use NetworkTopologyStrategy with replica factor 2
cassandra-stress mixed ratio\(write=1,read=9\) n=1000000 cl=QUORUM -pop dist=UNIFORM\(1..1000000\) -mode native cql3 -rate threads=50 -log file=~/mixed_autorate_r9w1_1M.log -graph file=test2.html title=test revision=test2 -schema "replication(strategy=NetworkTopologyStrategy, factor=2)"

Advanced configuration

Additional configurations defined under configs are exposed as configMap mounted in /usr/share/cassandra/conf.


This HELM chart is largely based from the cassandra charts maintained by KongZ.

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