Process & Analyze Cassandra Data in Databricks (AWS)

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Cassandra JDBC Driver

Connect Java applications with the Cassandra real-time NoSQL cloud database service. Use Apache Cassandra as the big data backend that powers your Java/J2EE applications.



Host the CData JDBC Driver for Cassandra in AWS and use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Cassandra data.

Databricks is a cloud-based service that provides data processing capabilities through Apache Spark. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver, customers can use Databricks to perform data engineering and data science on live Cassandra data. This article walks through hosting the CData JDBC Driver in AWS, as well as connecting to and processing live Cassandra data in Databricks.

With built-in optimized data processing, the CData JDBC Driver offers unmatched performance for interacting with live Cassandra data. When you issue complex SQL queries to Cassandra, the driver pushes supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Cassandra and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations client-side (often SQL functions and JOIN operations). Its built-in dynamic metadata querying allows you to work with and analyze Cassandra data using native data types.

Install the CData JDBC Driver in Databricks

To work with live Cassandra data in Databricks, install the driver on your Databricks cluster.

  1. Navigate to your Databricks administration screen and select the target cluster.
  2. On the Libraries tab, click "Install New."
  3. Select "Upload" as the Library Source and "Jar" as the Library Type.
  4. Upload the JDBC JAR file (cdata.jdbc.cassandra.jar) from the installation location (typically C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Cassandra\lib).

Access Cassandra Data in your Notebook: Python

With the JAR file installed, we are ready to work with live Cassandra data in Databricks. Start by creating a new notebook in your workspace. Name the notebook, select Python as the language (though Scala is available as well), and choose the cluster where you installed the JDBC driver. When the notebook launches, we can configure the connection, query Cassandra, and create a basic report.

Configure the Connection to Cassandra

Connect to Cassandra by referencing the JDBC Driver class and constructing a connection string to use in the JDBC URL.

Step 1: Connection Information

driver = "cdata.jdbc.cassandra.CassandraDriver"
url = "jdbc:cassandra:Database=MyCassandraDB;Port=7000;Server=127.0.0.1;"

Built-in Connection String Designer

For assistance in constructing the JDBC URL, use the connection string designer built into the Cassandra JDBC Driver. Either double-click the JAR file or execute the jar file from the command-line.

java -jar cdata.jdbc.cassandra.jar

Fill in the connection properties and copy the connection string to the clipboard.

Set the Server, Port, and Database connection properties to connect to Cassandra. Additionally, to use internal authentication set the User and Password connection properties.

Load Cassandra Data

Once you configure the connection, you can load Cassandra data as a dataframe using the CData JDBC Driver and the connection information.

Step 2: Reading the data

remote_table = spark.read.format ( "jdbc" ) \
	.option ( "driver" , driver) \
	.option ( "url" , url) \
	.option ( "dbtable" , "Customer") \
	.load ()

Display Cassandra Data

Check the loaded Cassandra data by calling the display function.

Step 3: Checking the result

display (remote_table.select ("City"))

Analyze Cassandra Data in Databricks

If you want to process data with Databricks SparkSQL, register the loaded data as a Temp View.

Step 4: Create a view or table

remote_table.createOrReplaceTempView ( "SAMPLE_VIEW" )

With the Temp View created, you can use SparkSQL to retrieve the Cassandra data for reporting, visualization, and analysis.

% sql

SELECT City, TotalDue FROM SAMPLE_VIEW ORDER BY TotalDue DESC LIMIT 5

The data from Cassandra is only available in the target notebook. If you want to use it with other users, save it as a table.

remote_table.write.format ( "parquet" ) .saveAsTable ( "SAMPLE_TABLE" )

Download a free, 30-day trial of the CData JDBC Driver for Cassandra and start working with your live Cassandra data in Databricks. Reach out to our Support Team if you have any questions.