Astra FAQs

Frequently asked questions about DataStax Astra.

Opening the box

What tools does DataStax Astra include?

  • Astra REST API: Use the DataStax Astra REST API to create an authorization token and begin interacting with your database.

  • CQLSH: Each Astra database includes an integrated CQL shell for interactive Cassandra Query Language (CQL) commands. Use CQLSH to create tables, insert data, and modify data in your keyspace.

  • 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.

Making comparisons

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

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.

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.

Which cloud vendors does DataStax Astra support?

DataStax Astra supports creating databases on Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure.

Which cloud regions are currently available?

DataStax Astra supports single-region deployments only. These regions vary based on the selected cloud provider and more are added over time. The regions that are currently available can be seen on the create database screen. Within a region, data is replicated across three availability zones to ensure high availability.

To discuss region needs, use the chat icon in the Astra console to talk with DataStax for guidance.

Is VPC peering possible?

VPC peering is available on only Classic C- and D-tier Astra databases. For more, see AWS VPC peering and GCP VPC peering.

Getting connected

How do I connect to DataStax Astra databases?

Options Description

I don’t want to create a schema. Just let me get started.

Use schemaless JSON Documents with the Document API.

I want to start using my database now with APIs.

Use the REST API or GraphQL API to begin interacting with your database.

I have an application and want to use the DataStax drivers.

Initialize one of the DataStax drivers to manage database connections for your application.

I know CQL and want to connect quickly to use my database.

Use the integrated CQL shell or the standalone CQLSH tool to interact with your database using CQL.

Which DataStax drivers work with DataStax Astra?

Choose the DataStax driver for your preferred language and configure it to connect to your Astra database. See Connecting to Astra databases using DataStax drivers

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 serverless databases is based on plan selection, units of measure, cloud provider, and region. See Pricing for more information. Classic databases are billed based on capacity units and service tiers.

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 our examples.

To send us feedback or get additional help, use the chat feature in the DataStax Astra console.