Cassandra & DataStax Enterprise Essentials

Cassandra & DataStax Enterprise Essentials

This guide shows you how to install and set up a single-node cluster on Cassandra or DataStax Enterprise for evaluation. It also contains an introduction to CQL (Cassandra Query Language), DevCenter (a visual query IDE for creating and running CQL), and basic Cassandra concepts and data modeling considerations.

This document introduces the latest versions of Cassandra, DataStax Enterprise, and OpsCenter. It shows you how to install and set up a single-node cluster for evaluation. Additionally, it introduces CQL (Cassandra Query Language) and DevCenter (a visual query IDE for creating and running CQL), basic Cassandra concepts and data modeling considerations.

Note: For information about setting up a production cluster, see the Cassandra 2.1 or DataStax Enterprise documentation. DataStax 4.6 uses Cassandra 2.0.

Products

  • DataStax Enterprise - A big data platform built on Apache Cassandra that leverages Apache Hadoop, Apache Spark, and Apache Solr to shift your focus from the data infrastructure to using your data strategically.
  • Apache Cassandra - A distributed storage system for managing very large amounts of data spread out across many commodity servers, while providing highly available service with no single point of failure.
  • OpsCenter - A visual management and monitoring solution for Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise.
  • DevCenter - A free visual query IDE for creating and running CQL statements against Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise.
  • Drivers - DataStax certified drivers.

Querying Cassandra with the cqlsh utility

Key database concepts

  • A 30-second introduction to key Cassandra terminology.

Cassandra data model

Other resources

  • The Best Practices document provides guidelines for designing, deploying, and managing DataStax Enterprise database clusters.
  • DataStax Academy provides tutorials and training on Apache Cassandra and DataStax Enterprise.
  • The DataStax Developer Blog provides insights and technical articles from top experts and fellow peers on development aspects of DataStax Enterprise and its components, including Apache Cassandra, Apache Hadoop, Apache Solr, and DataStax OpsCenter.
  • DataStax Support provides skilled expertise to support your big data environment.
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