Which install method should I use?

Guidance for choosing the best DataStax Enterprise installation method for your purposes.

DataStax Enterprise installation types 

You can install DataStax Enterprise (DSE) in several ways, depending on the purpose of the installation, the type of operating system, and the available permissions. Be sure to install on a supported platform.

Installation method About
OpsCenter Lifecyle Manager The DataStax Lifecycle Manager (LCM) can install DSE. It is fully integrated with DSE OpsCenter. LCM provides:
  • A web-based graphical interface for installing and configuring DSE.
  • Performs a Services installation using RHEL or Debian packages.
  • Ability to configure and update all DSE settings.
  • Installs the necessary system requirements automatically, including Java.
  • Integrates with OpsCenter Best Practice Service, which detects many suboptimal configuration settings.
  • Automation via the LCM API.

Installing DSE using LCM requires Installing OpsCenter, bringing your own instances on a supported platform with SSH and Python installed, and root permissions on the target nodes.

Installing DataStax Enterprise 6.0 on RHEL-based systems using Yum Installs DSE using Yum repositories on RHEL-based systems. Requires root permissions. Typically used in production environments.
Installing DataStax Enterprise 6.0 on Debian-based systems using APT Installs DSE on Debian-based systems using APT. Requires root permissions. Typically used in production environments.
Binary tarball installer Installs DSE on any supported Linux-based platform.
Installing and deploying DSE on cloud platforms Instructions for installing and deploying DSE on CenturyLink Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon EC2.
Installing DSE on Docker Instructions for using DataStax Docker images to create DSE server, DSE OpsCenter, and DataStax Studio containers in non-production environments.
CAUTION:
If you have installed hot fixes, be sure to manually remove the hot fix JAR files before upgrading DataStax Enterprise.

Installing DataStax Enterprise drivers 

To install the DataStax Enterprise drivers, see: