Getting started with the DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra on Azure

How to locate and configure DDAC in Azure.

Prerequisites

Ensure you have an Azure subscription with enough resource quota to deploy a three-node cluster.

To get DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra™ (DDAC) on the Azure Marketplace:

  1. You can get DDAC on Azure, in two ways:
    • Click Get it now button on the DDAC Azure Marketplace page.
      Azure web page for DDAC
    • Find the DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra™ (DDAC) on the Azure Marketplace, search for datastax in the Marketplace search box and then click Get it now button in the DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra card.
      Location of the Get it now button
  2. Select the Create button to configure your deployment.
    Create button to start your deployment
  3. On the Basic Configuration page, complete the basic settings and select OK.
    Table 1. Basic settings
    Option Description
    DDAC SKU Determines the level of support.
    Admin username OS-level username used to ssh into the virtual machines (VM).
    Admin password Password for the OS-level username.
    Subscription Your Azure subscription.
    Resource group Name of the container for holding your DataStax resources.
    Location Deployment region.
    Azure DDAC configuration screen
  4. On the Datastax Configuration page, complete the cluster settings and select OK.
    Table 2. Cluster settings
    Setting Description
    Node count Number of nodes in the cluster (3-20).
    Virtual machine size Type of instance for your workload.
    Disk size 1- or 2-TB disk.
    DataStax setting screen
  5. On the Datastax Optional Configuration screen, complete the settings and select OK.
    Table 3. Optional settings
    Setting Description
    DDAC cluster Name of the Cassandra cluster.
    DDAC datacenter Name of the DataStax datacenter.
    Public IP on node Specify public or private IPs on the Cassandra nodes.
    devOps VM size Instance type for the development VM.
    Optional settings screen
  6. Select the OK button on the Summary screen.
    Summary screen
  7. Select the Create button on the Buy page to start the deployment.

    Terms of use and by screen
  8. Once the deployment starts, you can check on the progress by selecting the resource group or the Deployment in progress link.
    Deployment in progress
  9. Once the deployment is successful, go to the Outputs to see the webserver URL on the virtual machine and associated IP addresses.
    Output screen showing IP address and other settings

What's next

The development VM is a good place to get started with your DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra.
Figure: DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra on Azure Marketplace

Azure architectural diagram