Automatically updates all nodes using gossip when adding new nodes and is recommended for production.
The GossipingPropertyFileSnitch defines a local node's data center and rack; it uses gossip for propagating this information to other nodes. The conf/cassandra-rackdc.properties file defines the default data center and rack used by this snitch:
To migrate from the PropertyFileSnitch to the GossipingPropertyFileSnitch, update one node at a time to allow gossip time to propagate. The PropertyFileSnitch is used as a fallback when cassandra-topologies.properties is present.