Last Updated Date: January 7, 2013
- Technical Contacts
- Informational Support
- Technical Currency
- Issue Resolution
- Service Levels
- Your Responsibilities
- Escalation Policy
- End of Life Policy
- Second Level Support (Resellers Only)
If you are an end-user or reseller of DataStax Enterprise, DataStax will support your eligible software under the terms of these Support Policies as long as you maintain a current subscription to Support. “Support” means the subscription services described in these Support Policies and does not include one-time services or other services not specified in these policies, such as training, consulting and custom development. If DataStax agrees to provide such other services, they will be specified in a separately executed document.
These Support Policies are part of a legal agreement (the “Agreement”) between you and DataStax. The Agreement includes the Order Schedule you executed with DataStax, the DataStax End User General Terms (available at www.datastax.com/terms), the DataStax Support Policies (available at www.datastax.com/support-policy) and any other documents or terms expressly incorporated into this Agreement by reference. Any information provided by you or provided by DataStax in connection with Support shall be subject to the nondisclosure obligations set forth in the Agreement.
“Supported Software” means the software delivered by DataStax to you under the Agreement.
The Supported Software includes the non-proprietary and open source software components delivered by DataStax together with DataStax Enterprise. DataStax tests, annotates and otherwise optimizes the nonproprietary and open source components of the Supported Software to maximize their reliability and supportability. Similar third party components might be available from other sources, but Support covers only the versions delivered to you by DataStax.
2. Technical Contacts
Support may be initiated and managed only by your Technical Contacts. “Technical Contacts” are named individuals who are responsible for administration of the Supported Software within your organization.
You may designate the number of Technical Contacts that corresponds with your licensed volume in Table 1 below. In Table 1, a “Node” means a java virtual machine on which you have been licensed by DataStax to run an instance of the Supported Software in production.
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3. Informational Support
DataStax will provide reasonable product and technical support to address your questions concerning use of Supported Software. Technical Contacts may initiate Support by submitting a ticket through our 24-hour web ticketing system at https://support.datastax.com.
4. Technical Currency
As part of Support and at no additional license fee, DataStax will provide you with all new versions of the Supported Software that it generally releases, including all improvements, enhancements and bug fixes. All such new versions are provided subject to the terms of the Agreement. Support does not include any item that DataStax licenses separately from the Supported Software you have licensed or that DataStax makes available for an additional fee.
5. Issue Resolution
DataStax will make commercially reasonable efforts to resolve any Issues submitted by your Technical Contacts. An “Issue” is a material and verifiable failure of the Supported Software to conform to its functional specifications. Support will not be provided for (1) use of the Supported Software in a manner inconsistent with the applicable documentation, (2) modifications to the Supported Software not provided by or approved in writing by DataStax, or (3) use of the Supported Software with products or software not provided or approved in writing by DataStax.
6. Service Levels
When your Technical Contact submits an Issue, DataStax will reasonably assess its priority according to the appropriate priority levels defined below. DataStax will confirm the priority level with you and will resolve any disagreement regarding the priority as soon as is reasonably practical.
|Normal/Low||24 hours M-F, excluding US holidays|
“Urgent” means a catastrophic problem in the customer’s production systems. Examples include a complete loss of service, production systems that are crashed, or a production system that hangs indefinitely. The customer cannot continue essential operations.
“High” means a high-impact problem in the customer’s production systems. Essential operations are seriously disrupted, but a workaround exists which allows for continued essential operations.
“Normal” means a lower impact problem on a production system that involves a partial or limited loss of non-critical functionality, or some other problem involving no loss in functionality. The customer can continue essential operations. Normal problems also include all problems on non-production systems, such as test and development systems.
“Low” means a general usage question. It also includes recommendations for requests for new products or features, and requests for enhancements or modifications. There is no impact on the quality, performance, or functionality of the product in a production system.
7. Your Responsibilities
You shall provide DataStax with data, process information, online access to the Supported Software, supporting analysis, and access to your Technical Contact as reasonably required to allow DataStax to resolve reported Issues. You are responsible for the adequate duplication and documentation of all of your files and data for back-up purposes.
8. How to Escalate a Support Issue
DataStax Support is committed to providing accurate and timely solutions to your technical support needs. If you have a critical or serious technical issue on your production system or are not satisfied with the response or resolution provided to you by DataStax Technical Support, use one of the following escalation paths to have your concerns addressed:
- For support issues where the business impact has changed or was not correctly stated initially, request to have the priority of the ticket increased according to our support policy’s severity level definitions.
- For an existing issue that has become critical in nature where your production system is down, inaccessible, or you are dissatisfied with our response or resolution follow the procedure below for management review.
- Verify that your support ticket is up-to-date and all requested information and files have been provided and request an escalation.
- Contact Support by calling our escalation phone line and speak with a support engineer. The escalation number can be found in your “Welcome to DataStax” email or from your Sales Account Manager. You will be asked for your name, company name, ticket number, contact number, and reason for the escalation. If a support engineer is not available an operator will take your information and generate an urgent support request.
- Once an escalation has been received, the Support Manager will contact you to acknowledge the escalation and determine the mode of communication and frequency of updates. The Support Manager will work to ensure that the appropriate resources are available to identify a solution or workaround.
DataStax reserves the right to make any modifications or changes to these escalation procedures at any time.
9. End of Life Policy
Support covers the current Major Release and the two prior Major Releases. In addition, Support covers each Major Release for at least 12 months after its general release, and Support covers all Minor Releases under a supported Major Release.
“Major Release” means a new version of the Supported Software made generally available by DataStax with substantial improvements, enhancements and bug fixes, represented by a change in the number to the left or right of the first decimal point (such as a version change from 1.1.0 to 2.1.0 or from 1.1.0 to 1.2.0). “Minor Release” means a version change represented by a change in the number to the right of the last decimal point.
For example, if a Major Release is provided in June of 2012, then it will be supported until the end of May 2013, even if 7 Major Releases are made available in that 12-month period. Similarly, if only two Major Releases are made available over a three-year period, then both will be supported throughout that period.
Support for other versions of the Supported Software is not provided under these Support Policies. Support only covers use of the Supported Software on the platform or operating system versions that are specified at http://www.datastax.com/what-we-offer/products-services/datastax-enterprise#platforms. Support does not cover use of the Supported Software on platforms or operating systems that are no longer supported by the original vendor.
10. Second Level Support (Resellers Only)
If you are a reseller of the Supported Software, you shall provide First Level support to end-users. “First Level” support means first line and direct inquiries from end-users, including (1) email, phone, online chat and all other direct interaction with end-users about the Supported Software; (2) diagnosis of Issues; and (3) resolution of Issues. If after reasonable commercial efforts you are unable to diagnose or resolve an Issue, you may contact DataStax for “Second Level” Support. You shall use commercially reasonable efforts to provide DataStax with data, process information, online access to the Supported Software, supporting analysis, and access to the end-user’s Technical Contact as reasonably required to allow DataStax to resolve reported Issues.
Except as expressly provided herein, no modification of these Support Policies will be effective unless contained in writing and signed by an authorized representative of each party. From time to time, DataStax may amend these Support Policies in its sole discretion. DataStax will post the amended terms on the DataStax website at www.datastax.com/support-policy and, if you maintain a current Support subscription, DataStax will notify you by email to any contact email you provided. DataStax will also update the “Last Updated Date” at the top of these Support Policies. By continuing to access or use Support after DataStax has provided you with such notice of a change, you are indicating that you agree to be bound by the modified Support Policies. If the changes have a material adverse impact on and are not acceptable to you, then you must notify DataStax within 30 days of the applicable Last Updated Date. If DataStax cannot accommodate your objection, then the prior Support Policies shall govern until the expiration of your then-current subscription period. Any renewed subscription will be governed by DataStax’s then-current Support Policies. No term or condition contained in your purchase order or similar document will apply unless specifically agreed to by DataStax in writing, even if DataStax has accepted the order set forth in such purchase order, and all such terms or conditions are otherwise hereby expressly rejected by DataStax.