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DataStax Licensing FAQs

Last updated date: 26 September 2018

Contents:

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

1. What is DataStax Enterprise?

DataStax Enterprise is an operational database platform that accelerates the delivery of cloud applications via a unique data platform that combines global transactional scale with data intelligence at machine speeds, while eliminating complexity, downtime and risk in a hybrid cloud world.  DataStax Enterprise is available for download here.

2. Are there different versions of DataStax Enterprise?  How do they differ?

DataStax offers two subscription offerings: Datastax Basic, and DataStax Enterprise. Each option provides a different set of features and capabilities depending on your database needs (see here for comparisons).

In addition, DataStax offers an add-on for DataStax Enterprise (DataStax Enterprise Graph) a graph database model which is described in more detail in question 3.

Finally, DataStax provides customers with a separate fully-managed cloud database solution (DataStax Managed Cloud) – which is described in more detail in question 4.

Please note that these FAQs apply to DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Enterprise Graph, and (except for question 4) do not apply to our DataStax Managed Cloud product.

3. What is DataStax Enterprise Graph?

DataStax Enterprise Graph is an optional add-on available to customers with a DataStax Enterprise subscription.

DataStax Enterprise Graph is a database for storing, managing and querying highly connected and complex data. DSE graph’s architecture makes it particularly well suited for exploring data to find commonalities and anomalies in large data volumes and unlocking the value in the data’s relationships.  See here for details.

4. What is DataStax Managed Cloud?

DataStax Managed Cloud is a fully managed cloud-provisioned data platform that responds quickly to the needs of our customers’ businesses, providing predictably fast performance and continuous availability.

Given the nature of DataStax Managed Cloud, it is not licensed in the same way as DataStax Enterprise or DataStax Enterprise Graph.

For more information about DataStax Managed Cloud, please see here (where you can also request additional information and ask questions about DataStax Managed Cloud).

5. How is DataStax Enterprise software sold/licensed?

DataStax Enterprise is made available on a subscription basis: a subscription is the DataStax software licence for a specified term plus the right to receive support and maintenance during that same term.

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

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

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

DataStax Enterprise is sold on a per-Node 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
  • virtualised CPUs do not count as Cores for these purposes and so a Node may have any number of virtualised CPUs provided that the physical CPUs do not exceed 16

7. How long is a subscription for DataStax Enterprise?

DataStax Enterprise is purchased for subscription periods of three years, which are paid for up-front.

8. Does DataStax offer a trial or evaluation licence for DataStax Enterprise?

Yes: you can use unsupported DataStax Enterprise (including DataStax Enterprise Graph) for free if you use it for non-production (test/development) purposes (please refer to our “Limited No-Fee License” terms available here).

9. 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 subscription.

10. What usage of DataStax Enterprise is permitted?  What is prohibited?

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 AWS)
  • 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 period1
  • spin up dedicated DataStax Enterprise clusters to store OpsCenter storage metrics at no additional cost2

You cannot:

  • have DSE clusters containing different types of DSE Subscription (i.e. all Nodes in each Cluster must be uniformly licensed to use the same level of DSE Subscription)3
  • 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 only – please refer to the full DataStax licence terms available here.

11. How can I verify that I have the right number of subscriptions?

Customers that have purchased DataStax Enterprise will receive a welcome guide and on-boarding documentation that detail how many Nodes of subscriptions they have purchased, along with any applicable restrictions.

DataStax does not monitor customers’ usage of DataStax Enterprise 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 Enterprise 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 DataStax Enterprise within your organization.

Customers that are using free DataStax Enterprise under the No-Fee Licence terms must comply with the relevant licence terms (please refer to question 8).

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

12. 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).

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

Services. 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 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.  All paying DataStax Enterprise subscription customers benefit from expert DataStax Support. Support is provided remotely by DataStax experts based in the USA, UK, and Australia, and includes a 1-hour response SLA for any urgent issues. See here for further details.  Please note that the DataStax Support team does not have any system or data access except where specifically provided by the customer.

14. What happens at the end of my subscription?

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.

15. What terms and conditions apply to usage of DataStax Enterprise?

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

  • the Support Policy– which 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.

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

  • 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.
  • Sandbox: License terms for DataStax Sandbox can be found here. Please note that to use the DataStax Sandbox you must also install one of the supported virtual machine environments.

17. What is the US export classification of DataStax Enterprise?

As of July 6 2016 the US export classification of DataStax Enterprise 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 5D992.c No License Required (“NLR”) All countries, except Embargoed Countries, and the Crimea Region of Ukraine Annual
DataStax OpsCenter
DataStax DevCenter
DataStax Drivers and Utilities 5D992.c No License Required (“NLR”) All countries, except Embargoed Countries, and the Crimea Region of Ukraine None
DataStax Source Code 5D002.c1 ENC/(b)(2) All countries, except:
– Government End Users of Non-Supp3 Countries
– Embargoed countries and the Crimea Region of Ukraine
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 the Crimea Region of Ukraine
Semi-Annual

18. Is DataStax software covered by patents?

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

19. What third party software is contained in DataStax Enterprise?

DataStax Enterprise 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.

20. Where is the documentation for DataStax Enterprise?

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

21. Does DataStax operate an anti-piracy program?

DataStax audits the usage of DataStax Enterprise software from time to time.  Please refer to question 11 for further information.

22. What is the relationship between DataStax Enterprise 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.

23. Who can I contact with other questions?

Please contact us using the information available here.

1 please refer to section 3.3 of our Enterprise Terms
2 please refer to section 1.5 of our Enterprise Terms
3 please refer to section 1.6 of our Enterprise Terms