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.
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 software—but customers will receive a welcome guide and on-boarding documentation confirming what they have purchased.
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:
For DataStax Enterprise and DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra, the minimum subscription size is 3 Nodes (or an equivalent number of Cores).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Customers that are using free DataStax software under the No-Fee License 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.
If you have a DataStax Enterprise license you can:
The above examples are indicative and for guidance purposes only—please 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.
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.
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.
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.
DataStax Enterprise is made available under the DataStax Enterprise Terms. The Enterprise Terms also include:
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:
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.cNo License Required (“NLR”)All countries, except embargoed countries, and Ukraine’s Crimea RegionAnnual
DataStax Enterprise OpsCenter
DataStax Drivers and Utilities5D992.cNo License Required (“NLR”)All countries, except embargoed countries, and Ukraine’s Crimea RegionNone
DataStax Source Code5D002.c1ENC/(b)(2)All countries, except:
Semi-AnnualDataStax Encryption Technology5E002(a)ENC/(b)(2)All countries, except:
Yes, the technology within DataStax’s software is covered by patents (and pending patents).
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.
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.
DataStax audits the usage of its software from time to time. Please refer to question 8 for further information.
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.
Please contact us using the information available here.