Astra DB release notes
DataStax Astra DB release notes provide information about new and improved features, known and resolved issues, and bug fixes.
27 February 2023
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.
31 January 2023
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.
24 January 2023
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.
13 January 2023
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.
05 January 2023
Lightweight Transactions (LWTs) now support
SERIAL consistency levels. For more, see Using multiple regions.
03 January 2023
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.
14 December 2022
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.
10 November 2022
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
18 October 2022
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.
28 September 2022
Classic private endpoints are now available for AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud.
21 July 2022
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.
24 May 2022
Launched a public beta of Astra DB Plugin for HashiCorp Vault. This open-source project adds robust token lifecycle management features for Astra DB. For details, see the documentation in the plugin’s GitHub repo. Also see this introductory video on the DataStax Developers YouTube channel.
18 May 2022
The Astra DB documentation is now organized by major user goals, including Planning, Securing, Managing, Connecting, and Developing.
04 May 2022
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.
24 March 2022
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.
23 February 2022
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
14 February 2022
You can now remove a payment method from the pay as you go plan on Astra DB.
08 February 2022
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.
01 February 2022
New Astra DB pricing went into effect on 01-Feb-2022. See the introductory information on Pricing and billing in the Astra DB documentation.
07 January 2022
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.
09 November 2021
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.
14 September 2021
You can now create multiple datacenters across regions for serverless databases.
02 September 2021
Private endpoints are available through the DevOps API for Google Cloud.
Added support for serverless AWS
us-east-2region. For more, see Database regions.
12 August 2021
Private endpoints are available through the DevOps API for Azure.
21 July 2021
Private endpoints are available through the DevOps API for AWS.
16 June 2021
Access lists are available to restrict public access to your serverless database.
03 May 2021
You can now manage your roles and tokens with the DevOps API.
15 April 2021
Moved Token Management under your Organization Settings.
Added getting started guides for granting a user access and loading and retrieving data in your database to the Astra DB documentation.
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.
29 January 2021
Astra DB meets SOC 2 Type II security audit compliance.
09 December 2020
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.
15 October 2020
New Astra DB plan options are available to provide you with options that allow you to weigh the costs and database capabilities for your Astra DB database.
You can now add multiple regions to your classic database.
29 September 2020
We’ve improved our user interface to make Astra DB easier for you. Check out your databases and our new resources in Astra DB.
18 September 2020
28 August 2020
You can now create your Astra DB database with Microsoft Azure as your cloud provider.
Improvement: Added C-20, C-40, D-10, D-20, and D-40 database tiers. For more, see Service tier options.
31 July 2020
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.
Also, the Astra DB product documentation and the Astra DB API references are now hosted together at https://docs.datastax.com/en/astra/docs.
17 July 2020
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.
10 July 2020
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.
26 June 2020
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.
12 May 2020 (GA)
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.
27 February 2020 (Beta)
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.
24 January 2020 (Beta)
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.
07 January 2020 (Beta)
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.