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DataStax FAQ: Direct Licensing

Last updated date: 25 April 2019

Contents:

  1. What software subscription products are offered by DataStax?
  2. How are DataStax software subscriptions licensed?
  3. What is the unit of measure for purchases of DataStax software?
  4. How long is a subscription for DataStax software?
  5. Does a DataStax software license permit usage in a cloud environment?
  6. Does DataStax offer a trial or evaluation license for DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra™?
  7. Does DataStax offer a free license for educational institutions or classroom use?
  8. How can I verify that I have the right number and type of subscriptions?
  9. What usage of DataStax software is permitted? What is prohibited?
  10. Can I transfer subscriptions within my organization?
  11. What services, training, and support does DataStax provide?
  12. What happens at the end of my subscription?
  13. What terms and conditions apply to usage of DataStax software?
  14. What license terms apply to these DataStax software products: OpsCenter; DevCenter; Studio; Drivers; Sandbox?
  15. What is the U.S. export classification of DataStax Enterprise?
  16. Is DataStax Enterprise covered by patents?
  17. What third-party software is contained in DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra?
  18. Where is the documentation for DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra?
  19. Does DataStax operate an anti-piracy program?
  20. What is the relationship between DataStax Enterprise and Apache Cassandra™?
  21. Who can I contact with other questions?

1. What software subscription products are offered by DataStax?

DataStax offers customers the ability to subscribe to DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra or DataStax Enterprise (DSE). Software subscription products can be purchased directly from DataStax or through a DataStax-authorized reseller.

DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra includes a DataStax certified and supported version of Apache Cassandra that is open source compatible.

DataStax Enterprise includes OpsCenter, production-certified Apache Cassandra, Advanced Security, Advanced Performance, Advanced Replication, Tiered Storage, Multi-Instance, NodeSync, DSE Automatic Management Services, DataStax Studio, DSE Drivers, and ODBC/JDBC drivers. Customers may choose to purchase DataStax Enterprise by itself or with DataStax Enterprise Advanced Workloads Pack, which enables additional database functionality in DSE, including DSE Analytics, DSE Search, DSE Graph and DSE In-Memory.

For more information about DataStax’s software offerings, visit the DataStax website.

Through partner cloud marketplaces developers may also subscribe to supported deployments of DataStax applications in the partner’s cloud environment. For more information, visit the applicable cloud marketplaces, including the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

DataStax also offers DataStax Managed Services, white-glove management services for customers’ deployments of DataStax software in on-premise or cloud environments.

2. How are DataStax software subscriptions licensed?

DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra are each made available on a subscription basis: a subscription is a DataStax software license for a specified term plus the right to receive support and maintenance during that same term.

To purchase a DataStax subscription you will need to sign an order schedule that itemizes your purchase (amount, start date, etc.) and references either our Enterprise Terms (for DataStax Enterprise) or our DDAC Terms (for DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra); this is your contract.

No license key is needed to get started with DataStax softwarebut customers will receive a welcome guide and on-boarding documentation confirming what they have purchased.

3. What is the unit of measure for purchases of DataStax software?

DataStax software subscriptions are licensed on a per-node or per-core basis. Each node counts as 16 cores and may run on a maximum of 16 cores:

  • “Node” means a Java Virtual Machine (a platform-independent execution environment that converts Java bytecode into machine language and executes it) that runs an instance of the software.
  • “Core” means an independent physical processing unit on a CPU responsible for executing programs.
  • Virtualized CPUs do not count as cores for these purposes and so a node may have any number of virtualized CPUs provided that the physical CPUs do not exceed 16.
  • For DataStax Enterprise version 6.0 or higher, customers can use the system settings (tpc_cores:16) to comply with the above limitation.
  • Each Node may store not more than five (5) terabytes of data.

4. How long is a subscription for DataStax software?

DataStax software subscriptions are typically offered directly from DataStax for subscription periods of three years, which are paid for upfront.

DataStax Enterprise is also offered in an on demand fashion both in the cloud and on-premise.

For cloud marketplace offerings, please check the marketplace for offered subscription plans.

5. Does a DataStax software license permit usage in a cloud environment?

Subject to the applicable license restrictions, a customer may deploy the licensed quantity of DataStax Enterprise, DataStax Enterprise Advanced Workloads Pack, and/or DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra in an on-premise environment or cloud environment.

6. Does DataStax offer a trial or evaluation license for DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra?

Yes: You can use unsupported DataStax Enterprise (including DataStax Enterprise Advanced Workloads Pack) or DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra for free on-premise or in the cloud if you use it solely in non-production environments (please refer to our “Limited No-Fee License” terms available in the Enterprise Terms or DDAC Terms as applicable).

For cloud marketplace offerings, please check the marketplace for specific offerings.

Subscriptions for supported DataStax software in non-production environments are available.

7. Does DataStax offer a free license for educational institutions or classroom use?

Educational institutions may use DataStax Enterprise as part of a classroom curriculum with written permission from DataStax. Educators wishing to use DataStax Enterprise as part of their course instruction may contact DataStax using the information available here. Other uses by educational institutions require a paid subscription.

8. How can I verify that I have the right number and type of subscriptions?

Customers that have purchased DataStax Enterprise or DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra will receive a welcome guide and on-boarding documentation that detail how many nodes (or cores) and the type (e.g., production or non-production) of subscriptions they have purchased, along with any applicable restrictions. Non-production subscription types may only be used by the customer for non-production uses, which may include development or testing environments that do not read from or write to (directly or indirectly) a live application. Subject to the additional license restrictions, production subscription types may be used by the customer in any environment (including non-production environments).

DataStax does not monitor customers’ usage of DataStax Enterprise or DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra directly, so if you think you may have exceeded licensed usage, you should take one of the following steps:

  • Identify any (additional) nodes running DataStax software and inform your DataStax relationship manager.
  • If this is not possible, request assistance from DataStax to enable you to run scanning tools to identify any (additional) nodes running DSE or DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra within your organization.

Customers that are using free DataStax software under the No-Fee Licence terms must comply with the relevant license terms (please refer to question 6).

Please note that DataStax reserves the right to verify compliance, including by conducting audits on randomly selected users from time to time.

9. What usage of DataStax software is permitted? What is prohibited?

If you have a DataStax Enterprise license you can:

  • Install and use DataStax Enterprise inside your organization.
  • Install and use DataStax Enterprise on external servers that are hosted on your behalf (e.g., in Amazon Web Services).
  • Take advantage of the free “bursting use” benefit, enabling you to increase your DataStax Enterprise usage by 20% for up to two months in each 12 month period.
  • Spin up dedicated DataStax Enterprise clusters to store DSE OpsCenter storage metrics at no additional cost.

You cannot:

  • Have DSE clusters containing different types of DSE subscriptions (e.g., a cluster having 5 nodes of DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra and 5 nodes of DSE).
  • Incorporate DataStax Enterprise within a new software application that you distribute to other organizations.
  • Use DataStax Enterprise to provide a database-as-a-service product made available to other organizations.
  • Purchase DataStax Enterprise on behalf of someone else.

The above examples are indicative and for guidance purposes onlyplease refer to the full DataStax Enterprise Terms available here.

In relation to use of DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra, please refer to the license terms here.

10. Can I transfer subscriptions within my organization?

Assignment of subscriptions to a member of the same corporate family is generally permitted on request (note that the assignor will have to delete the software). You should refer to the Enterprise Terms or DDAC Terms, as applicable, for more detail.

11. What services, training, and support does DataStax provide?

Services. For customers who license DataStax Enterprise or DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra directly from DataStax, DataStax provides a range of services designed to help our customers be successful by accelerating adoption of the DataStax platform and features. For further information on the services we offer, see here. Please note that DataStax does not provide custom application/code development.

Training. DataStax provides training for users of DataStax Enterprise, DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra, and Cassandra at all levels. We offer online training via DataStax Academy and private training courses. For the current schedule of DataStax training and other events (including Cassandra events) see here.

Support. Paid DataStax software subscription customers with an active support and maintenance subscription benefit from expert DataStax support. Support is provided remotely by DataStax experts based in the USA, U.K., and Australia.  

12. What happens at the end of my subscription?

For customers who license software directly from DataStax, DataStax will contact you to discuss the renewal of your subscription.

If your subscription is not renewed then you must delete the software at the end of the subscription period.

13. What terms and conditions apply to usage of DataStax software?

DataStax Enterprise is made available under the DataStax Enterprise Terms. The Enterprise Terms also include:

  • The Support Policywhich describes how support is provided; and
  • The Service Terms –which describe how consultancy and training are provided, and describe the service packages offered by DataStax.

DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra is made available under the DDAC Terms which include product-specific support terms (please refer to Exhibit A of the DDAC Terms).

14. What license terms apply to these DataStax software products: OpsCenter; DevCenter; Studio; Drivers?

Subject to the Enterprise Terms, a subscription to DataStax Enterprise includes a license to use the following additional software components packaged with DataStax Enterprise: OpsCenter, DevCenter, Studio, select DataStax DSE Drivers. These DataStax Enterprise components can also be downloaded and installed separately from DataStax. When used separately, such components may be subject to different license terms, as indicated below:

  • OpsCenter: OpsCenter is licensed as part of DataStax Enterprise, but it can also be downloaded and installed separately. When it is not used as part of a DataStax Enterprise subscription the applicable license terms can be found here.
  • DevCenter: DevCenter is licensed as part of DataStax Enterprise, but it can also be downloaded and installed separately. The license terms for DevCenter are part of our Enterprise Terms, and can be found here.
  • Studio: Studio is licensed as part of DataStax Enterprise, but it can also be downloaded and installed separately. When it is not used as part of a DataStax Enterprise subscription the applicable license terms can be found here.
  • Drivers: DataStax includes drivers as part of DataStax Enterprise, but many can also be downloaded and installed separately. When used separately, the majority of these drivers are subject to the DataStax DSE Driver License Terms available here. For full information please refer to our drivers page here.

15. What is the U.S. export classification of DataStax Enterprise?

As of July 6, 2016, the U.S. export classification of DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra is as set out below. The corresponding CCATS reference is G166668.

Product ECCN License Exception Authorized for Export (See Definitions List Below) Encryption Reporting Requirement
DataStax Enterprise Edition (including DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra) 5D992.c No License Required (“NLR”) All countries, except embargoed countries, and Ukraine’s Crimea Region Annual
DataStax Enterprise OpsCenter
DataStax DevCenter
DataStax Drivers and Utilities 5D992.c No License Required (“NLR”) All countries, except embargoed countries, and Ukraine’s Crimea Region None
DataStax Source Code 5D002.c1 ENC/(b)(2) All countries, except:

– Government end users of Non-Supp3 countries

– Embargoed countries and Ukraine’s Crimea Region

Semi-Annual
DataStax Encryption Technology 5E002(a) ENC/(b)(2) All countries, except:

– Government end users of Non-Supp3 countries

– End users in D:1 countries (unless HQ’ed in a Supp3 country)

– Embargoed countries and Ukraine’s Crimea Region

Semi-Annual

 

16. Is DataStax software covered by patents?

Yes, the technology within DataStax’s software is covered by patents (and pending patents).

17. What third-party software is contained in DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra?

DataStax software incorporates open source components and other third-party software (including Apache Cassandra) that are scanned and approved in accordance with the DataStax Software Development Security Program (available here). For a list of the included software including the applicable licenses please see here.

18. Where is the documentation for DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra?

Documentation for DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra can be found here. You will find document sets that include release notes, installation and configuration guides, and an overview of the latest features.

19. Does DataStax operate an anti-piracy program?

DataStax audits the usage of its software from time to time. Please refer to question 8 for further information.

20. What is the relationship between DataStax and Apache Cassandra?

Apache Cassandra is an operational database that is an open source project. Cassandra has been an Apache Software Foundation top-level project since February 2010.

DataStax takes the software developed by the community within the Apache Software Foundation, enhances it, does extensive quality assurance on it, and adds enterprise features (e.g., advanced security) before delivering it as a finished package (DataStax Enterprise) to our customers.

21. Who can I contact with other questions?

Please contact us using the information available here.