DataStax Astra on Google Cloud FAQ

Frequently asked questions about DataStax Astra on Google Cloud.

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

Making comparisons

How is DataStax Astra on Google Cloud different from DSE?
While you can run DataStax Enterprise (DSE) both on premises and in the cloud, DataStax Astra on Google Cloud 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 on Google Cloud 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 on Google Cloud.

Opening the box

What tools does DataStax Astra on Google Cloud include?
  • 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.
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 on Google Cloud.
Which cloud regions are currently available?
DataStax Astra on Google Cloud 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
United States Europe Asia
us-east1 europe-west1 asia-east1
us-east4 europe-west4 asia-northeast1
us-central1 asia-southeast1
us-west1

Getting connected

How do I connect to DataStax Astra on Google Cloud 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 on Google Cloud?
Each of the supported DSE and Apache Cassandra drivers is compatible with DataStax Astra on Google Cloud. 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 on Google Cloud?
Billing is handled through Google Cloud Platform. All costs are displayed in the Billing page of the Google Cloud Platform Console. For more information about billing, see Billing and Payments Support in the Google Cloud Platform documentation.
How is pricing calculated for each Astra database?

Pricing for DataStax Astra on Google Cloud 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.

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.