Astronomer Astro vs Apache Airflow OSS

Astro vs. Apache Airflow

Explore the key differences between Astro and Airflow, along with a comprehensive comparison of their features.

Everything you love about Apache Airflow, and so much more!

Astro augments Airflow with enterprise-grade features to enhance developer productivity, optimize operational efficiency at scale, meet production environment requirements, and more.

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Astro

Astro

Open Source Apache Airflow

Apache Airflow

Elastic Infrastructure at Scale

High Availability

Ensure the dependable delivery of mission-critical data pipelines with high availability schedulers.

True

False

Scale to 0 Deployments

Schedule zero-cost downtime to optimize development deployment cost savings.

True

False

Tasked-Optimized Worker Queues

Assign tasks to specific worker sets based on computational needs for optimized resource utilization.

True

False

Dynamic Workers

Workers automatically scale up, and back down to zero, based on the needs of your workloads.

True

False

Astro API

Enable programmatic interactions and provide schemas for updating infrastructure and managing access control.

True

False

Set-up and Teardown Tasks

Manage task resources with setup tasks for preparation and teardown tasks for dismantling, regardless of task success.

True

True

Enhanced Developer Productivity

Astro CLI

Run, parse, debug, and test DAGs on a local machine in a dedicated environment.

True

True

Cloud IDE

Enable browser-based DAG writing, testing, and running while automating DAG generation to reduce boilerplate code.

True

False

Branch-Based Deploys

Create isolated development environments for running, testing, and deploying your DAGs.

True

False

CI/CD

Automate reliable code deployment, enforce reviews, promote code across environments, and ensure testing. Seamlessly integrated with your favorite CI/CD tools.

True

Limited

The Astronomer Registry

Easily explore and use supported providers, modules, example DAGs, and tools within the Airflow ecosystem.

True

True

Increased Operational Efficiency

Advanced Connection Management

Streamline Airflow connections setup in a centralized location with a built-in, native solution provided by a secrets backend.

True

False

Deployment Rollbacks

Easily revert your Airflow deployments to any previous code deployment, allowing you to quickly undo any problematic changes made to your deployment.

True

False

Multi-Tenant Airflow

Empower teams to efficiently manage their own isolated Airflow environments, maximizing resource utilization and operational efficiency.

True

False

In-Place Airflow Upgrades

Upgrade Airflow while preserving DAGs, configurations, and data to minimize downtime and data loss risks.

True

False

Upgrade Utilities

Proactively identify and address common pitfalls and issues post-upgrade.

True

False

Cosmos

Execute dbt Core within Airflow, transforming projects into Task Groups or complete DAGs.

True

True

Datasets

Create explicit data dependencies, enable data-aware scheduling, and simplify cross-DAG interactions.

True

True

Visibility and Reporting

Cross Deployment Visibility + Health

Gain complete visibility of your DAGs and metadata across all of your Airflow deployments.

True

False

Data-Centric Alerting

Configure alerts based on DAG run and task states, receiving real-time notifications for proactive monitoring.

True

False

Lineage

Visualize task relationships and track data movement within workflows, including data movement in external systems.

True

Limited

Organizational Dashboards

Gain comprehensive insights into your Astro usage, SLAs, deployments, and operations across your organization.

True

False

Robust Enterprise-Grade Security

Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)

Implement granular and customized role-based access control across workspaces, teams, and deployment.

True

Limited

Multi-Tenancy

Collaborate within isolated spaces by utilizing workspaces and deployments for your DAGs.

True

False

Private Networking

Establish secure connections by VPC peering directly with your private networks.

True

False

Compliance Readiness

Meet SOC 2, GDPR, HIPAA, and PCI DSS security standards compliance.

True

False

Secrets Management

Automate secret management across Airflow deployments, ensuring a unified interface for seamless handling of secrets.

True

False

Encryption

Automatically encrypts all data, both at rest and in transit, including databases, file systems, and network transmissions.

True

False

Committer-led Support

24x7x365 Support

Access to the world's leading Airflow experts and committers.

True

False

Professional Services

Customize hands-on engagements to achieve your goals.

True

False

Education, Enablement, and Certification

Build Airflow expertise across your organization with diverse training and certification options.

True

False

Get Started

10x the performance with Astro,
0 hassles

Astro provides a fully-managed solution that offers all the benefits of Airflow without the headache of managing it.

438%
return on investment in less than 6 months

Speed up time-to-value and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) with an expansive suite of capabilities that boosts developer productivity. With consumption-based pricing, pay only for monthly consumed infrastructure resources.

75%
reduction in infrastructure management

Automate Airflow management and streamline operations with an elastic, scalable, and always-available Airflow-as-a-Service, eliminating operational burdens and enabling your team to focus on the most critical projects.

1500+
validated integrations for limitless extensibility

Achieve seamless interoperability across teams, applications, and environments to provide the end-to-end data management required for your modern data stack.

5 minutes
to get started, Airflow experience not required

Start building data pipelines in less than 5 minutes with developer-friendly tools, intuitive UI, and complete local developer experience.

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