Getting started with DataStax Enterprise 6.7

Information about using DataStax Enterprise for Administrators.

DataStax open source Apache Cassandra (OSS) and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra drivers

OSS Drivers Driver API Quickstart Version compatibility
C++
C#
Java
Node.js
Python
Note: The DataStax Enterprise PHP and Ruby and the open source PHP and Ruby drivers are maintenance only. Only critical bug fixes will be included in new versions.

DataStax DSE drivers

DSE Drivers Driver API Graph Extension Graph Extension API Quickstart Version compatibility
C++
C#
Java Included in driver Included in API
Node.js
Python
Note: The DataStax Enterprise PHP and Ruby and the open source PHP and Ruby drivers are maintenance only. Only critical bug fixes will be included in new versions.

Information about using DataStax Enterprise for Administrators.

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

Which product?

DataStax Offerings provides basic information to help you choose whether DataStax Enterprise or the DSE Advanced Workloads Pack best fits your requirements.

Other product offerings are DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra™ and DataStax Managed Services.

Learn

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:
  • DataStax Enterprise-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.
  • DSE OpsCenter and Lifecycle Manager automate and simplify many administrative tasks.
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The following are not administrator specific but are presented to give you a fuller picture of the database:

Plan

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

Install

DataStax offers a variety of ways to set up a cluster:

Cloud
On premises

For help with choosing an install type, see Which install method should I use?

Secure

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:

Attention: 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 Role Based Access Control (RBAC) set up to establish your own root account and then disabling the cassandra role. See Adding a superuser login.

Tune

Important topics for optimizing the performance of the database include:

Operations

Load

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

For other methods, see Migrating data to DataStax Enterprise.

Monitor

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

Troubleshooting/Help

DataStax provides a wide variety of resources for troubleshooting and other types of help:

Troubleshooting
Help

Upgrading

Advanced Functionality

The Advanced functionality in DataStax Enterprise 6.7 page lists all the advance features in addition to: