Overview of Lifecycle Manager

Lifecycle Manager (LCM) is a powerful provisioning and configuration management system designed for ease of use with DataStax Enterprise (DSE) clusters. Graphical workflows enable efficient installation and configuration of DSE, empowering your organization to effectively manage DSE clusters without requiring extensive platform expertise.

The LCM cluster topology model allows completely defining the cluster configuration including datacenter and node topology. The LCM model works in conjunction with a flexible, configurable profile system that integrates deeply with the full spectrum of DSE settings. The declarative model facilitates inheritance of configuration profiles (and more) when installing and configuring DSE at the cluster, datacenter, or node level:

  • Efficiently monitor and prevent configuration drift by defining configuration profiles that apply to the cluster, datacenter, or node level.

  • Enforce uniform configurations that adhere to the desired baseline configurations for the workload of each datacenter.

  • Securely store credentials for automating access to machines and package repositories without the need to repeatedly enter credentials during installation and configuration jobs.

  • Monitor job status with unprecedented access and deep transparency into each recorded and timestamped step of the deploy process.

  • Drill into job details to troubleshoot installing and configuring jobs from the convenience of the Jobs workspace without the immediate need to scour various logs for information.

Getting started in three minutes

View the following video to learn how to create a three-node cluster using LCM in just three minutes! After watching the video, follow the procedures for Installing a DataStax Enterprise cluster using Lifecycle Manager to create your own DSE clusters.