Astra DB guardrails for serverless databases

For classic database guardrails, see Astra DB guardrails for classic databases.

DataStax Astra DB includes guardrails to ensure good practices and promote optimal database configurations.

Limited access to administrative tools

Because Astra DB hides the complexities of database management to help you focus on developing applications, Astra DB is not compatible with DataStax Enterprise (DSE) administrative tools, such as nodetool and dsetool.

Use the DataStax Cloud console to get statistics and view database and health metrics. Astra DB does not support access to the database using the Java Management Extensions (JMX) tools, like JConsole.

Simplified security without compromise

Astra DB provides a secure cloud-based database without dramatically changing the way you currently access your internal database:

  • New user management flows avoid the need for superusers and global keyspace administration in CQL.

  • Endpoints are secured using mutual authentication, either with mutual-TLS or secure tokens issued to the client.

  • TLS provides a secure transport layer you can trust, ensuring that in-flight data is protected.

  • Data at rest is protected by encrypted volumes.

Additionally, Astra DB incorporates role-based access control (RBAC).

See Security guidelines for more information about how Astra DB implements security.

Replication within regions

Each Astra DB database uses replication across three availability zones within the launched region to promote uptime and ensure data integrity.