Startup Program FAQ

How do I get access to the Startup Program?

The DataStax Startup Program gives you access to software in DataStax Enterprise. This includes two primary software components – DataStax Server, including advanced functionality for Apache Cassandra such as search, analytics and security and DataStax OpsCenter, visual management software for the server.

How much does it cost?

The software is free for qualified startups. A qualified startup is a company that has less than $5M in annual revenue and has raised less than $50M in capital. All dollar denominations are in USD. Once your company passes one of those thresholds, list pricing will apply.

Do I owe DataStax anything else for use of the software?

No. Use DataStax Enterprise and let us know what you think. Be successful. Move the needle on your company. That’s all we ask for. If you’re successful and happy with your experience, we would love to do joint marketing with you. Think logo sharing, case study, or a 5 minute interview. But if you’re not happy, we’re not happy.

Is there any limit to how many nodes I can use?

There is no limit! While you’re under the financial limits, you can use the software in an unlimited capacity.

I’d like to OEM DataStax Enterprise. Does this program let me do that?

Because OEMs can be complicated relationships, they fall outside of the startup program. We are happy to work with you and our Business Development team.

Do I get support?

Startup Program support is limited to posts on StackOverflow. Just tag a question with “datastax-enterprise” and “datastax-startup”. DataStax has members of its technical team monitor the forums there frequently. Also, check out other posts on that site to see if your question has already been answered. If you’re interested in DataStax’s support offerings, you’re entitled to a discount for being a program member. Just reach out to your contact that enrolled you in the program!

What else does DataStax offer?

DataStax offers a variety of products and services for Apache Cassandra. Some are paid, some are free. For a complete listing, check look at the products section on In addition to free development tools such as DevCenter, DataStax also offers services such as training (public and private), support, and professional services such as architecture consultation. This is in addition to the offerings in this program – DataStax Enterprise. If you’re interested in a more detailed description, just reach out to your contact from the startup program enrollment process.

Where can I learn more?

DataStax offers a free, online training course through its virtual academy. There is also great documentation available at the DataStax Developer Center. For a comprehensive set of FAQs, reference the DataStax FAQ page. Lastly you can find he latest on Apache Cassandra community here.

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