Please excuse any misused terminology or misunderstandings as I am new to programming and development in general.
I am taking Developer path courses in Academy and would like to create my own practice Cassandra cluster on my laptop to get an idea of what a typical work environment might be like.
I am curious what would be recommended hardware requirements?
I plan to use IntelliJ with Maven to manage the DataStax Java Driver as my development environment. I hope to use DataStax Enterprise and I plan to create a small database that will likely have 12 or so tables each containing about 1000 - 2000 rows, with at most about 500 rows per partition. I would like to have enough nodes (at least 2) to practice with replicas and adding/removing nodes. So, I don't expect to have any heavy loads or anything, just want some practice to prepare for what I might experience in an actual workplace.
My current laptop has a 2.1 GHz AMD processor, 8 GB RAM (with about 6 GB usable), and 64-bit OS Windows 10.
I understand I could use Astra if my machine is not powerful enough, but was hoping to get some experience with a typical IDE and DataStax Enterprise.
If my machine is simply not powerful enough, would anyone have any recommendations for how I might try to replicate a typical work environment? Would Astra be my next best option for practice?
Thank you in advance for any advice or help anyone can give! As a newbie, I really appreciate any advice.