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Astra Features

5 Gig Free Tier

Launch a database in the cloud with a few clicks, no credit card required.

Global Scale

Put your data where you need it without compromising performance, availability or accessibility.

Cloud-Native

Powered by our open-source Kubernetes Operator for Cassandra.

Enterprise Security

Peer cloud VPC to an Astra cluster to maintain private communication between cloud-based apps and Astra.

No Operations

Eliminate the overhead to install, operate, and scale Cassandra.

Zero Lock-in

Deploy on AWS or GCP and keep compatibility with open-source Cassandra.

Easy Migrations

No cost migration and sizing assistance.

Relational Indexes

Storage Attached Indexing (SAI) lets you query tables using any columns.

Astra Serverless Beta

A fully managed Apache Cassandra™ DBaaS that scales effortlessly and affordably

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5 Gig Free Tier

Explore Astra and learn Cassandra using your free-tier, free forever database.

Free Tier
Free Tier

Launch a sample app within minutes and see how easy it is to write scalable applications.

Global Scale

Put your data where you need it without compromising performance, availability or accessibility

  • Data replication across multiple data centers, availability zones, and multi-region
  • Scale-up to petabytes of data without impacting performance
  • The Astra service is resilient and highly available to minimize both downtime and the need for site-reliability engineering

Astra, like Cassandra, enables reads and writes to multiple cloud regions. Some say it’s the worldliest database around.


Global Scale
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We started evaluating HBase, MongoDB and Cassandra. In benchmarks, Cassandra was just beating the crap out of every other database we looked at. Plus, there were other reasons - such as active-active, which is why we went with Cassandra.

Hatinder Chawla

Manager, Architecture and Engineering, Cisco

Enterprise Security

Enterprise Security

Astra is built securely from the ground up

  • Databases are isolated from each other at the infrastructure level, and on the free tier, via Kubernetes namespaces
  • All data at rest is encrypted
  • Standardized, secure tooling like Key Management Service (KMS) used for key management
  • The database layer has sophisticated authentication and authorization mechanisms to provide enterprises with easier management and control with assigning user access to the database
  • Client connections use two-way certificate validation for VPN-level security from client to database
  • Astra also offers private-connectivity options like VPC peering for organizations that need it

To learn more about Astra Security read our DataStax Astra Architecture and Security Overview Whitepaper.

No Operations

Eliminate the overhead to install, operate, and scale Cassandra

  • Eliminate the overhead to install, maintain, operate, and scale Cassandra
  • Snapshot backups every four hours
  • Fully managed database and OS updates and upgrades
  • IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) failures handled gracefully by K8s operator to keep databases healthy
  • Eliminate anti-entropy repair procedures
  • SRE team standing by to step in when automation cannot resolve an issue
No Operations

Zero Lock-In

  • Keep data sovereignty, avoid cloud lock-in and keep compatibility with open source Cassandra

  • Deploy on AWS, GCP or Azure and keep compatibility with open-source Cassandra

  • Bulk data loading and integrated stream processing ensure data portability

  • API compatibility and consistent developer tools with Apache Cassandra

Open Source Software Astra Projects

Kubernetes Operator

The DataStax Kubernetes Operator for Apache Cassandra®

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Management Sidecar

The Management API is a sidecar service layer that attempts to build a well supported set of operational actions on Cassandra® nodes that can be administered centrally

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Metrics Collector

Metric Collector for Apache Cassandra (MCAC) aggregates metrics along with diagnostic events to facilitate problem resolution and remediation

View on Github
Configuration Builder

The cass-config-builder can be consumed as either a jar artifact or inside of a Docker image

View on Github
NoSQL Testing System

The Open Source, Pluggable, NoSQL Benchmarking Suite

View on Github
Storage Attached Indexing

Storage Attached Indexes (query any column in a table)

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Easy Migrations

Thinking about migrating an existing Cassandra app to Astra? Check out our pricing and plans.

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Easy Migrations

When you’re ready, we’ll live migrate your app to Astra using Cloud Gate, our Live Migration Proxy.

Relational Indexes

Relational Indexes

Unlock new levels of indexing capabilities that were never before possible in Apache Cassandra with Storage Attached Indexing (SAI). A highly scalable, globally-distributed index for Cassandra, now available on Astra.

Forget denormalizing! Create any table you want. Write to just that table, and query it any way you want. Queries are no longer restricted by your primary key!

SAI
SAI

Once you create your table, just use CREATE CUSTOM INDEX ... USING 'StorageAttachedIndex' DDL commands to define one or more SAI indexes on the table.

Once the index has been created, it is simply a matter of querying the table and specifying the SAI-indexed columns.

SAI

Multi-cloud DBaaS built on Apache Cassandra™

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