CQL for Cassandra 2.x

When to use a collection

Use collections when you want to store or denormalize a small amount of data. Values of items in collections are limited to 64K. Other limitations also apply. Collections work well for storing data such as the phone numbers of a user and labels applied to an email. If the data you need to store has unbounded growth potential, such as all the messages sent by a user or events registered by a sensor, do not use collections. Instead, use a table having a compound primary key and store data in the clustering columns.