Editors Note: The Last Pickle was recently acquired by DataStax and as part of the new DataStax mission of reorienting to embrace open source Apache Cassandra, this is the first in a series of blog posts that will compare new open source offerings, particularly those now coming out of the new DataStax. In open source spirit we want to embrace you, the community, in choosing the right tool for the right job.

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Today is a very emotional day: I’m happy, excited, and extremely proud to announce The Last Pickle has been acquired by DataStax.

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Performance tuning and benchmarking is key to the successful operation of Cassandra. We have a great tool in tlp-stress that makes benchmarking a lot easier. I have been exploring running Cassandra in Kubernetes for a while now. At one point I thought to myself, it would be nice to be able to utilize tlp-stress in Kubernetes. After a bit of prototyping, I decided that I would write an operator. This article introduces the Kubernetes operator for tlp-stress, stress-operator.

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Reaper is our tool for managing repairs for Apache Cassandra.

tlp-stress is our tool for benchmarking Apache Cassandra clusters.

tlp-cluster is our tool for quickly provisioning Apache Cassandra clusters for test purposes.