DataStax Astra FAQ

Frequently asked questions about DataStax Astra.

Use this FAQ to find answers to common questions and get help for DataStax Astra.

Making comparisons

How is DataStax Astra different from DSE?
While you can run DataStax Enterprise (DSE) both on premises and in the cloud, DataStax Astra allows you to create Astra databases in minutes, with reduced complexity, fewer operational concerns, and an approachable entry point for developing your applications. DataStax Astra is a true database-as-a-service (DBaaS) offering that provides simplified cluster management with flexible pricing. Also, DSE includes Advanced Workloads (DSE Search, Analytics, and Graph), which are not available in DataStax Astra.

Opening the box

What tools does DataStax Astra include?
  • Astra Data API: Use the Astra Data API to create an authorization token and begin interacting with your database.
  • CQLSH: Each Astra database includes an integrated Cassandra Query Language SHell (CQLSH) for interactive CQL commands. Use CQLSH to create tables, insert data, and modify data in your keyspace.
  • DataStax Developer Studio: Each Astra database embeds a DataStax Developer Studio instance that is automatically configured for interactive CQL commands. Kickstart development with the included Developer Studio notebooks.
  • DataStax Bulk Loader: Use DataStax Bulk Loader (dsbulk) to load and unload data into your Astra database. You can load data from a variety of sources and unload data from DSE or DDAC databases for transfer, use, or storage of data.
  • Metrics dashboards: Use the integrated metrics dashboards to view health metrics that include information regarding latency and throughput to the database. These metrics provide insights into the performance of the database and how workloads are distributed.

Assessing compatibility

Which version of Apache Cassandra™ is compatible with DataStax Astra?
Apache Cassandra version 3.11 is compatible with Astra databases. Additionally, each of the supported DSE and Apache Cassandra drivers is compatible. See Which drivers work with DataStax Astra.
Which cloud vendors does DataStax Astra support?
DataStax Astra supports creating databases on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Which cloud regions are currently available?
DataStax Astra supports the following cloud regions across the specified tiers.

Astra currently supports single-region deployments only. Within a region, data is distributed across three availability zones to ensure proper replication.

You can create up to 5 databases per region, and add a total of 20 Capacity Units (CUs) per database (10TBs). To adjust these limits, contact DataStax Support.

Tip: To discuss region needs, click Let's Chat in the Astra console to open a custom calendar where you can schedule time to talk with Astra product management.
Table 1. Free tier
United States Europe Asia
us-east1 eu-central1 N/A
Table 2. C10 tier (AWS)
United States Europe Asia
us-east-1 eu-central1 ap-southeast-1
Table 3. C10 tier (GCP)
United States Europe Asia
us-east1 europe-west1 asia-east1
us-east4 europe-west4 asia-northeast1
us-central1 asia-southeast1
Is VPC peering possible?
Enabling VPC peering in DataStax Astra is a top priority for DataStax. While currently unavailable, DataStax is committed to delivering this capability.

Getting connected

How do I connect to DataStax Astra databases?
Use the the Cassandra Query Language SHell (CQLSH), DataStax Studio, or the DataStax drivers to connect to your Astra database.
Which DataStax drivers work with DataStax Astra?
Each of the supported DSE and Apache Cassandra drivers is compatible with DataStax Astra. Choose the DataStax driver for your preferred language and configure it to connect to your Astra database.

Paying for services

How do I manage billing for DataStax Astra?

DataStax Astra handles billing through an integration with Stripe, and displays all related billing information on the Billing Summary page. Enter a credit card number and associated billing information to begin creating Astra databases. See Billing for more information.

How is pricing calculated for each Astra database?

Pricing for DataStax Astra is based on capacity unit (CU) and Service Tier. There's also a Free tier, which includes 10 GB of storage and is free.

See Pricing for more information.

Getting help

Where can I find help?

Use this documentation to get answers about what your database is capable of, or for guided information like connecting to your databases.

Practice using the DataStax Astra database with the Better Botz blog series, which will walk you through setting up your database, creating keyspaces, and managing orders and products using CQL and GraphQL.

To send us feedback or get additional help, select one of the following options in the DataStax Astra console.
  • Provide Feedback opens a Google Form where you can submit ideas and feedback.
  • Let’s Chat opens a custom calendar where you can schedule time to talk with us.
  • Get Help opens a request form to submit a help ticket to DataStax Support.