Astra DB release notes
DataStax Astra DB release notes provide information about new and improved features, known and resolved issues, and bug fixes.
Updated Organization Settings simplify managing users, roles, tokens, billing, and security.
Added two caller modes in the Astra DB Plugin for HashiCorp Vault 2.0.0 release. For details about the
sidecar caller modes, and updated
vault commands, see the plugin’s documentation in its GitHub repo.
Integrations are now embedded within the Astra Portal.
New guides are available to help you maximize how you use Astra DB:
You can now expand and collapse the left navigation.
The Astra Portal is now designed to also fit a tablet or laptop.
Released DataStax ZDM Proxy Automation 2.2.0, which added the
zdm_proxy_cluster_config.yml file to contain all the configuration variables for Origin and Target. Prior to version 2.2.0, the variables were in the
zdm_proxy_core_config.yml file. The change is backward compatible. For more, see this ZDM topic.
Released the DataStax Zero Downtime Migration Interactive Lab, which walks you through the process of migrating from any Cassandra/DSE/Astra DB database to another Cassandra/DSE/Astra DB database across clusters. See:
A fun way to learn: Zero Downtime Migration Interactive Lab, an introduction in the Migrating section of the Astra DB documentation.
https://www.datastax.com/dev/zdm, the start page of the Zero Downtime Migration Interactive Lab.
DataStax Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) has released version 2.1.0. By default, ZDM Proxy now sends heartbeats after 30 seconds of inactivity on a cluster connection. For details, start in the ZDM Release Notes and follow the links.
Lightweight Transactions (LWTs) now support
SERIAL consistency levels. For more, see Using multiple regions.
DataStax Astra DB adds support on AWS for the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard 3.2.1 (PCI DSS).
To create and use DataStax Astra DB databases on AWS that comply with PCI DSS, please contact your Account Executive at DataStax or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published the Astra Command Line Interface (Astra CLI) 0.2 documentation. Astra CLI provides a one-stop shop for managing your Astra resources through scripts or commands in your local terminal. For more, see Astra CLI Overview.
Released the General Availability (GA) version of Astra DB Plugin for HashiCorp Vault. The GA version includes new support for dynamic token management. See our Astra DB Plugin for HashiCorp Vault documentation in the plugin’s GitHub repo.
Specifically, you can:
Define a default lease time
Create new tokens with lease settings
List tokens by each one’s Client ID
View lease details
List all leases
Renew a lease
Revoke a token/lease before the lease expires
Delete a token
Using DataStax Zero Downtime Migration (ZDM) 2.0 allows you to migrate to Astra DB from Apache Cassandra® and DataStax Enterprise (DSE). For example, you can use ZDM to migrate your client applications and data from Cassandra 3.11.x directly to cloud-native Astra DB. For other supported scenarios, see the ZDM introduction.
This suite of tools allows for zero downtime migration only if your database meets the minimum requirements. If your database does not meet these requirements, you can complete the migration from Origin to Target, but downtime might be necessary to finish the migration.
You can set up your custom DNS with a private endpoint for Azure and use your DNS entry to send traffic to the private endpoint.
Support in Astra DB for additional supported regions, including
ap-northeast-1 (Tokyo), and
eu-west-2 (London) for Astra DB Classic databases on AWS. For the full list, see Database regions. In Astra Portal, when you create an Astra DB database or click Add Region for an existing database, you’ll also see the supported regions list for each combination of Astra DB database type (Serverless or Classic) and cloud provider.
CDC for Astra DB is now available. CDC for Astra DB automatically captures changes in real time, de-duplicates the changes, and streams the clean set of changed data into Astra Streaming where it can be processed by client applications or sent to downstream systems.
Astra DB serverless support for new regions:
Google Cloud: West Europe2 (
europe-west2) in London
Canada Central (
canadacentral) in Toronto
US East (
eastus) in Virginia
You can configure single sign-on (SSO) to manage access to various applications. SSO allows for a seamless sign-on experience, and gives centralized and streamlined access control to security operations teams. Once configured, this security enhancement means that during a user’s next login attempt on DataStax Astra, the user is prompted to enter their company SSO credentials. If the credentials are valid, the authenticated user is logged into their DataStax Astra organization automatically.
New Astra DB pricing went into effect on 01-Feb-2022. See the introductory information on Pricing and billing in the Astra DB documentation.
You can now load data into your Astra DB database from an Amazon S3 bucket that contains exported DynamoDB data in the Astra DB Data Loader.
You can now define private endpoints for Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud in Astra Portal in addition to DevOps API calls that enable the same configurations. See your database’s Dashboard > Settings tab. See Connect via a private endpoint.
Moved Token Management under your Organization Settings.
Serverless databases are now available on Azure. Added support for AWS
us-west-1regions. For more, see Database regions.
Serverless databases now support logged batches.
Stargate endpoints are available in all Astra DB databases created 9 December 2020 or later and in free Astra DB databases created 7 October 2020 or later. For more, see the Stargate REST API and schemaless Document API.
New Astra DB Data Loader simplifies how you can get data into your Astra DB database.
We’ve improved our user interface to make Astra DB easier for you. Check out your databases and our new resources in Astra DB.
DevOps API simplifies creating and managing Astra DB databases To start using the DevOps API, create a service account for your organization. Use the service account secret to authenticate your service account and use the DevOps API.
Use VPC peering to access your database on AWS clusters VPC peering is available to access your Astra DB database from the AWS Console. This feature is available for only C10 databases on AWS.
Also, you can submit questions or feedback directly in Astra Portal using our new Chat feature.
Manage Organizations is now listed under your databases menu. From the Manage Organizations screen, you can View Billing and View Users under the Action menu.
Documentation help pane provides useful documentation links When you select Get Help a pane opens that provides links to helpful documentation for using your Astra DB database.
Check the status of Astra DB databases at https://status.astra.datastax.com.
Redesigned the database page to make information easier to read and access.
Added a footer to the user interface that provides important links and contact information.
The database cluster ID is now included in the Cluster Details on the Database Details page.
The Generally Available (GA) release of Astra DB includes these enhancements:
Enabled billing for C10 tier.
Reduced how long it takes to provision a cluster.
When an organization is created, roles can now be assigned for administrator, read/write, read, and service account. Groups can now be created with the associated role, except for the service account.
Added REST API to connect to database.
Users can now use their Google or GitHub logins to access the Astra DB database.
Added GraphQL to simplify queries without Cassandra Query Language (CQL).
Meets SOC2 Type I security audit compliance.
Astra DB brought the Cassandra Query Language SHell (CQLSH) even closer to you by integrating it directly in the console. Navigate to your database, select the CQL Console tab, and issue CQL commands to interact with your database.
The standalone version of CQLSH was released for connecting to Astra DB databases. What does that mean for you? It means connecting to an Astra DB database from your laptop without requiring DataStax Enterprise (DSE). Previously, you used native CQLSH included in DSE. Now, you can download CQLSH, download the secure connect bundle for your Astra DB database, and connect with a single command.
The Free tier was released for Astra DB, allowing you to create an Astra DB database with 10 GB for free. Create a database with just a few clicks and start developing within minutes, no credit card required.
You can have only one active database on the Free tier.
The open Beta release of Astra DB brings the ability to develop and deploy data-driven applications with a cloud-native service, built on the best distribution of Apache Cassandra™, without the hassles of database and infrastructure administration.
Instead of listing the features included in this release, learn about what Astra DB is, and then get started with creating your own database. If you have questions, review the FAQ for answers.