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    Apache Pegasus is a distributed key-value storage system which is designed to be:

    • horizontally scalable: distributed using hash-based partitioning
    • strongly consistent: ensured by PacificA consensus protocol
    • high-performance: using RocksDB as underlying storage engine
    • simple: well-defined, easy-to-use APIs


    Pegasus targets to fill the gap between Redis and HBase. As the former is in-memory, low latency, but does not provide a strong-consistency guarantee. And unlike the latter, Pegasus is entirely written in C++ and its write-path relies merely on the local filesystem.

    Apart from the performance requirements, we also need a storage system to ensure multiple-level data safety and support fast data migration between data centers, automatic load balancing, and online partition split.


    • Persistence of data: Each write is replicated three-way to different ReplicaServers before responding to the client. Using PacificA protocol, Pegasus has the ability for strong consistent replication and membership changes.

    • Automatic load balancing over ReplicaServers: Load balancing is a builtin function of MetaServer, which manages the distribution of replicas. When the cluster is in an inbalance state, the administrator can invoke a simple rebalance command that automatically schedules the replica migration.

    • Cold Backup: Pegasus supports an extensible backup and restore mechanism to ensure data safety. The location of snapshot could be a distributed filesystem like HDFS or local filesystem. The snapshot storing in the filesystem can be further used for analysis based on pegasus-spark.

    • Eventually-consistent intra-datacenter replication: This is a feature we called duplication. It allows a change made in the local cluster accesible after a short time period by the remote cluster. It help achieving higher availability of your service and gaining better performance by accessing only local cluster.

    To start using Pegasus

    See our documentation on Pegasus Website.

    Client drivers

    Pegasus has support for serveral languages:

    Contact us

    • Send mails to Apache Pegasus dev mailing list: This is the place where topics around development, community, and problems are officially discussed. Please remember to subsribe the mail list via

    • Github Issues: submit an issue when you have any idea to improve Pegasus, and when you encountered some bugs or problems.

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