Deploy a cluster directly

In this tutorial, we will provide a step-by-step guide to deploying a cluster from scratch. Our recommended procedure assumes you have completed the signup process and have created an organization (either through AzureAD setup or through the Amazon Cognito signup process). The simplest way to then deploy a cluster quickly is to subscribe to CrateDB Cloud using your credit card. Here we will explain how to do so, from the initial subscribing to the deployment itself. Our payment processing and billing are powered by Stripe. It is also possible to use your AWS or Azure subscription as a payment.

Table of contents

Deploy cluster

When you have finished the signup process mentioned above, you will arrive at the CrateDB Cloud Console. The screen will show the Organization overview:

CrateDB Cloud Console Organization overview

From here, click the blue Deploy new cluster button. This will take you to the cluster deployment screen. This screen consists of three steps: region selection, cluster configuration, and account settings.

Select region

First, select a region. Your cluster will be deployed in this region.

Region selection


Your choice of region may affect the price of the cluster. Refer to the price total indicated at the bottom right of the screen.

Configure cluster

Next, go through the cluster configuration process. On the left-hand side, you can choose a subscription plan. As you select each subscription plan, you will see that the values for CPU, RAM, and (minimum) storage per node change accordingly in the middle panel that shows the node specification.

Cluster configuration

Each subscription plan comes with a preconfigured compute value per node. The compute capacity of your cluster can be scaled horizontally by adding nodes. To do this, use the slider under the ‘Cluster scale’ panel. This overview shows the current CPU and RAM values of your cluster, which are simply the compute values of the plan you have chosen multiplied by the number of nodes.

CrateDB Cloud separates storage configuration from compute configuration. You can separately configure the desired storage for your cluster by using the dropdown menu under ‘Storage’ in the ‘Node specification’ panel. The range of eligible storage sizes varies by subscription plan. The storage you have chosen for your cluster is also reflected in the cluster overview in the right-hand panel.


The storage capacity of a cluster cannot currently be lowered in the CrateDB Cloud Console once it has been deployed.

Shared-resources clusters (CR0)

The Shared-resource clusters are a special category of clusters that allow better utilisation of resources. These clusters share compute and storage resources with other clusters in this category. Because of this, they offer more cost-effective solution for smaller teams and experimental deployments of low-traffic applications. They are limited to one node with 2 CPUs, 2 GiB of memory and 4 GiB of storage.

To sum up: the configuration of the cluster depends on the hardware values per node, the storage selected, and the number of nodes in the cluster. The hardware values per node are determined by the choice of subscription plan. The storage capacity is set in the dropdown menu. The number of nodes in the cluster can be configured by using the slider on the right.

Each of these choices will affect the price of the cluster. You can always find the total price per hour and month in the blue bar at the bottom of the screen.

Total price information bar

Set up your account

At the bottom of the deployment screen you can configure your account settings. Since you have already created an organization, it does not need to be set here. However, you can now define a project that the cluster can be deployed in, as well as the cluster name. You also determine the database username and password that you can use to access the cluster Admin UI later on.

Account settings menu

Note that the cluster name has certain validation requirements: it may contain only numbers, letters, and the dash symbol -. It must begin with a letter and end with a letter or a number, and must be at least three characters long.

Click Next at the bottom right to proceed.

Provide billing information

Finally, you will be taken to a new screen where you can fill out your billing information. Our credit card payment processing is supported by Stripe. If you have an existing AWS or Azure subscription, you can also pay using that. You can choose the payment method right after you configure your cluster and click Next.

Payment method screen

Credit card

You can find the cards accepted by at the bottom right part of the screen. When you have filled out the necessary information, click Deploy below it to deploy your cluster. Do not forget to accept financial authorization by ticking the box at the bottom.

Billing information screen


The other payment option is to use an AWS or Azure marketplace subscription. Simply choose the one you’d like to use and you will be forwarded to the respective marketplace page where you can confirm the subscription.

Billing information screen

The payment and billing information you have submitted will be saved in the Billing tab of the Organization overview screen in the CrateDB Cloud Console (i.e., the fifth tab from the left on the same screen you arrived at).

Your current accumulated bill is shown in the billing meter in the bottom left of the CrateDB Cloud Console screen:

Cloud Console billing meter


You will now be returned to the CrateDB Cloud Console, but this time to the Cluster overview page. A popup menu will remind you of the username and password you selected for connecting to the cluster. Make sure you copy this information to a safe place (e.g., a password manager), as it will not be retrievable past this point.

As the spinning wheel icon in the left-hand menu indicates, the cluster is now being set up according to your specifications. Simply wait for it to finish; no further action is needed.

When the cluster is up and running, you can connect to it with the CrateDB AdminUI, where you can input queries and view additional metrics. To do so, go to the cluster overview page of the cluster you just created and click on Open Admin UI. You can log in with the database username and password you defined in the account settings stage.

Cluster administration button

Thank you for choosing CrateDB Cloud!


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