Scylla Enterprise 2021 NoSQL Database Debuts
Enterprise 2021 is the latest major release of ScyllaDB’s premium NoSQL
database, offering the most stable codebase for production workloads at scale.
Scylla Enterprise builds on the proven features and capabilities of Scylla Open
Source and provides greater reliability from additional vigorous testing, as
well as a set of unique enterprise-only features. Additions to Scylla Enterprise
2021 since its last major release include enhancements to its Amazon DynamoDB
compatibility, faster searches on index lookups and many other improvements to
performance, disk space management and security.
Scylla Enterprise is increasingly recognized as the trusted NoSQL database for
delivering high throughput, predictable low-latency performance and a lower
total cost of ownership. API-compatible with Apache Cassandra and Amazon
DynamoDB, Scylla Enterprise scales up to any number of cores, offers
multi-petabyte capacity with nodes as large as 60TB and reduces administrative
overhead through its self-tuning operations.
“This year we embarked on our Project Circe, a one-year effort to make
advancements across several important aspects of Scylla,” said Dor Laor, CEO and
co-founder, ScyllaDB. “Scylla Enterprise 2021 includes many improvements that
make Scylla an even more monstrous database.”
New Features and Capabilities in Scylla Enterprise 2021
Enhancements to Alternator, Scylla’s DynamoDB API
Project Alternator is a DynamoDB-compatible API that enables frictionless
migration to Scylla. Scylla allows teams to lift and shift DynamoDB workloads to
the environment of their choice: on-premises—including AWS Outposts—any cloud
platform, open source Docker or Kubernetes or Scylla Cloud, the company’s fully
The latest release of Scylla Enterprise improves compatibility with DynamoDB
APIs, with support for additional request parameters, a new load balancer to
evenly distribute requests across the cluster, new security options and more.
By pivoting to Scylla, DynamoDB users significantly reduce their total cost of
ownership, experience lower and more consistent latencies to meet even strict
SLAs, and bypass DynamoDB’s restrictions on object size, partition size and
Optimizations to compaction strategies
databases commonly require devoting up to half of available storage to
compaction. To address this infrastructure inefficiency, Scylla continues to
refine its compaction strategies.
Following the introduction of Incremental Compaction Strategy (ICS) in Scylla
Enterprise 2019, Scylla Enterprise 2021 adds Space Amplification Goal (SAG), a
new property users can set to balance between space amplification and write
amplification. Intended for Scylla users with overwrite-intensive workloads,
this new feature triggers compaction to deduplicate data whenever SSTables on
disk have crossed the limits of the user-configured space amplification goal.
Faster, more efficient index lookups
Scylla Enterprise 2021 introduces a binary search solution that vastly increases
the speed and efficiency of promoted index lookups in SSTables. The binary
search dramatically improves such searches, making them 12X faster while
reducing CPU utilization to only 1/10th and disk I/O to 1/20th of the prior
New deployment options
Scylla is now easier to deploy than ever, with new options that include
all-in-one binary downloads, a unified installer and a Google Cloud Platform