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  • Cassandra catalogs #

    You can use a Cassandra catalog to configure access to a Cassandra or Astra DB database.

    Follow these steps to begin creating a catalog for Cassandra:

    • In the navigation menu, select Catalogs.
    • Click Create catalog.
    • On the Select a data source pane, click the Cassandra icon.

      Select a data source

    • Follow the instructions in the next sections to configure your Cassandra connection.

    Select a cloud provider #

    The Cloud provider configuration is necessary to allow Starburst Galaxy to correctly match catalogs and clusters.

    The data source configured in a catalog, and the cluster must operate in the same cloud provider and region for performance and cost reasons.

    Select cloud provider

    Define catalog name and description #

    The Catalog name is visible in the query editor and other clients. It is used to identify the catalog when writing SQL or showing the catalog and its nested schemas and tables in client applications.

    The name is displayed in the query editor, and in the output of a SHOW CATALOGS command. It is used to fully qualify the name of any table in SQL queries following the catalogname.schemaname.tablename syntax. For example, you can run the following query in the sample cluster without first setting the catalog or schema context: SELECT * FROM tpch.sf1.nation;.

    The Description is a short, optional paragraph that provides further details about the catalog. It appears in the Starburst Galaxy user interface and can help other users determine what data can be accessed with the catalog.

    Enter catalog name and description

    Configure the connection #

    The connection to the database requires username and password authentication and details to connect to the database server, typically hostname or IP address and port. The following sections detail the setup for the supported cloud providers.

    A connection to the database can be established directly, if the Starburst Galaxy IP range/CIDR is allowed to connect.

    If the database is only accessible inside the virtual private cloud (VPC) of the cloud provider, you can use an SSH tunnel with a bastion host in the VPC.

    Cassandra connection #

    You can connect to a Cassandra database directly or you can connect to an Astra DB database.

    Connect to Cassandra #

    To connect to your Cassandra cluster directly, leave the Astra DB toggle off and enter the following information:

    • Cassandra hosts: Comma-separated list of the hosts in a Cassandra cluster.
    • Port: Port used by the Cassandra cluster.
    • Local datacenter: Name of the datacenter.
    • Username: Username to connect to the Cassandra cluster.
    • Password: Password to connect to the Cassandra cluster.
    • toggle_off Use TLS: Defaults to off. Enable to encrypt traffic in transit between Galaxy and Cassandra.

      Apache Cassandra configuration

    Connect to Astra DB #

    To connect to an Astra DB database, click toggle_off Connect to Astra DB to enable, then provide the following details:

    • In the Astra DB database region: drop-down menu, choose the region where the Cassandra cluster is located.
    • Astra DB database ID: Find your database ID in your database dashboard.
    • Astra DB token: Your application token.

      Apache Cassandra configuration

    Test the connection #

    Once you have configured the connection details, click Test connection to confirm data access is working. If the test is successful, you can save the catalog.

    If the test fails, look over your entries in the configuration fields, correct any errors, and try again. If the test continues to fail, Galaxy provides diagnostic information that you can use to fix the data source configuration in the cloud provider system.

    Test connection

    Connect catalog #

    Click Connect catalog, and proceed to set permissions where you can grant access to certain roles.

    Set permissions #

    This optional step allows you to configure read-only access or full read and write access to the catalog.

    Use the following steps to assign read-only access to all roles:

    1. Select the Read-only catalog switch to grant a set of roles read-only access to the catalog’s schemas, tables, and views.
    2. Next, use the drop-down menu in the Role-level permissions section to specify the roles that have read-only access.
    3. Click Save access controls.

    You can specify read-only access and read-write access separately for different sets of roles. That is, one set of roles can get full read and write access to all schemas, tables, and views in the catalog, while another set of roles gets read-only access.

    Use the following steps to assign read/write access to some or all roles:

    1. Leave the Read-only catalog switch cleared.
    2. In the Role-level permissions section:
      • Expand the drop-down menu in the Roles with read and write access field and select one or more roles to grant read and write access to.
      • Expand the drop-down menu in the Roles with read access field and select one or more roles from the list to grant read-only access to.
    3. Click Save access controls.

      Set permissions for read and write screenshot

    Add to cluster #

    You can add your catalog to a cluster later by editing a cluster. Click Skip to proceed to the catalogs page.

    Use the following steps to add your catalog to an existing cluster or create a new cluster in the same cloud region:

    • In the Add to cluster section, expand the menu in the Select cluster field.
    • Select one or more existing clusters from the drop down menu.
    • Click Create a new cluster to create a new cluster in the same region, and add it to the cluster selection menu.
    • Click Add to cluster to view your new catalog’s configuration.

        Add to cluster

    The Pending changes to clusters dialog appears when you try to add a catalog to a running cluster.

    • In the Pending changes to cluster dialog, click Return to catalogs to edit the catalog or create a new catalog.
    • Click Go to clusters to confirm the addition of the catalog to the running cluster.
    • On the Clusters page, click the Update icon beside the running cluster, to add the catalog.

        pending changes to cluster dialog

    SQL support #

    The catalog provides read and write access to data and metadata in the Cassandra and Astra DB databases. It supports the following features:

    SQL delete limitation #

    DELETE is only supported if the WHERE clause matches entire partitions.