Astra Streaming FAQs
Follow our simple getting started guide to sign up for Astra and get your first streaming tenant created.
Astra Streaming offers customers a pay-as-you-go, consumption based pricing model that allows customers to use Astra Streaming with a cost model that scales as they grow.
Customers can opt to customize their deployment to meet specific requirements which will adjust their pricing up or down depending on their specific requirement. These customizations options include items such as:
Message retention duration
Maximum message retention storage
Number of tenants
Region of tenant
See our blog post that explains why we are excited about Apache Pulsar and why we decided it was the best technology to base Astra Streaming on.
Astra Streaming is based heavily on technology originally created as part of Kesque. With the launch of Astra Streaming we will begin the process of shutting down the Kesque service and migrating customers to the new Astra Streaming platform.
To get started with Astra Streaming, you can create a free account at https://astra.datastax.com and create your first streaming instance immediately. No credit card required.
Astra Streaming has been architected to satisfy the most stringent enterprise requirements around availability, scale and latency. Astra Streaming was built to handle mission critical use cases for Fortune 100 companies across BFSI, Telecommunications, Technology, Retail, Oil & Gas and Healthcare.
The pricing model also makes Astra Streaming accessible to mid market and small/medium business customers who need event stream processing capabilities to run core parts of their business.
And finally Astra Streaming offers a user friendly interface and free tier to satisfy the needs of individual developers and technologists who want to learn more about Apache Pulsar and data streaming in general.
Change Data Capture (CDC) for Astra DB uses a Pulsar IO source connector that processes changes from the Cassandra Change Agent via a Pulsar topic. For more, see CDC for Astra DB.
Tenants are an isolated administrative unit for which an authorization scheme can be set and a set of clusters can be defined. Each tenant can have multiple namespaces, a logical container for creating and managing a hierarchy of topics. A topic is a named channel for transmitting messages from producers to consumers. A sink feeds data from Astra Streaming to an external system, such as Cassandra or Elastic Search.