Getting started with DataStax Enterprise 5.1

Information about using DataStax Enterprise (DSE) for Administrators.

This topic provides basic information and a roadmap to documentation for System Administrators new to DataStax Enterprise.

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DataStax offers subscription-based support (Luna) for open-source Cassandra. Learn more.


Before diving into administration tasks, you can save a lot of time when setting up and operating DataStax Enterprise (DSE) in a production environment by learning a few basics first:

  • Cassandra-based applications and clusters are much different than relational databases and use a data model based on the types of queries, not on modeling entities and relationships. Architecture in brief contains key concepts and terminology for understanding the database.

  • You can use DSE OpsCenter and Lifecycle Manager for most administrative tasks.

  • Save yourself some time and frustration by spending a few moments looking at DataStax Doc and Search tips. These short topics talk about navigation and bookmarking aids that make your journey through the docs more efficient and productive.

The following are not administrator-specific but are presented to give you a fuller picture of the database:


The Planning and testing guide contains guidelines for capacity planning and hardware selection in production environments. Key topics include:


DSE Advanced Security provides fine-grained user and access controls to keep applications data protected and compliant with regulatory standards like PCI, SOX, HIPAA, and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Key topics include:

The DSE database includes the default role cassandra with password cassandra. This is a superuser login has full access to the database. DataStax recommends only using the cassandra role once during initial authentication configuration to establish your own superuser and then disabling the cassandra role. See Creating superuser accounts.


Important topics for optimizing the performance of the database include:


The primary tools for getting data into and out of the database are:

For other methods, see Migrating data to DataStax Enterprise.


DataStax provides the following tools to monitor clusters and view metrics:

Advanced Functionality

Advanced functionality in DataStax Enterprise 5.1

Brief descriptions of the advanced functionality in DataStax Enterprise 5.1.

DataStax Enterprise 5.1 new features

Features released in DataStax Enterprise 5.1.

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