Astra DB release notes

DataStax Astra DB release notes provide information about new and improved features, known and resolved issues, and bug fixes.

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.

16 May 2022

The Astra DB Metrics feature allows you to forward Astra DB database health metrics to an external third-party metrics system. See Export Astra DB metrics to a third party for details about:

  • DevOps v2 API functionality.

  • Support for Prometheus as a destination system.

  • Steps to visualize the exported Astra DB database health metrics in Grafana or Grafana Cloud.

04 May 2022

Support in Astra DB for additional supported regions, including ap-southeast-2 (Singapore), 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 DB console, 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.

28 April 2022

In the per-organization Security Settings UI provided by Astra DB console, added support for Google Cloud based Astra DB databases. Allows you to associate a Customer Key in Astra DB console with an existing Customer Managed Encryption Key (CMEK) defined in Google Cloud console. For the full set of Bring Your Own Key topics, see:

18 April 2022

For AWS-based Astra DB databases, added per-organization Security Settings in Astra DB console. Allows you to associate a Customer Key in the Astra DB console with an existing Customer Managed Key defined in AWS Key Management Service. The new UI enhances the Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) feature already present via the Astra DB DevOps API for AWS and GCP.

07 April 2022

Launched a Private Preview of the Astra DB Metrics feature. See Export Astra DB metrics to a third party.

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

  • Azure:

    • 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, and specific details in the Astra DB Pricing calculators.

31 January 2022

The Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) feature is now Generally Available (GA) for AWS-based Astra DB databases. Contact DataStax Support to have a representative enable BYOK for your organization. See Bring Your Own Key for AWS, and the DevOps /v2/kms Customer Keys API reference.

11 January 2022

Participants in a private preview can use the Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) feature with their AWS-based Astra DB databases. See Bring Your Own Key for AWS.

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.

06 January 2022

Added support for serverless Azure centralindia (Central India, Pune) region. For more, see Database regions.

09 November 2021

You can now define private endpoints for Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud in the Astra DB console 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

29 July 2021

Added support for serverless Google Cloud us-east-4 region. For more, see Database regions.

16 June 2021

Access lists are available to restrict public access to your serverless database.

11 June 2021

Added support for serverless Azure southcentralus region. For more, see Database regions.

24 May 2021

Backup and restore is now available on serverless databases.

14 May 2021

  • For serverless databases, increased:

    • Size of values in a single column to 10 MB

    • Maximum number of columns per table to 75

    • Maximum number of SAI indexes to 50 per table or database

  • New tutorial for connecting to DataGrip.

  • Added support for serverless Azure northeurope (Ireland) region.

03 May 2021

You can now manage your roles and tokens with the DevOps API.

15 April 2021

04 March 2021

Astra DB now offers a serverless database that is available on multiple cloud providers. For more, see Astra DB plan options.

Other improvements:

Additional changes:

  • Free and serverless (beta) databases were migrated to pay as you go plans with a $25 credit that renews each month.

  • Classic tiers can no longer be created in the Astra DB console. We recommend migrating your database to our current serverless option, which could save you money and allow you to manage your compute and storage capabilities separately. Talk to us to start your migration.

  • Studio is no longer included in Astra DB.

  • Astra DB workloads are limited to 4096 ops/s/coordinator by default. If you see a "Rate limit reached" error in your application and want your limit raised, please open a support ticket.

  • Each element of a call to the Document API counts as a read or write, which can increase the number of reads and writes and affect your pricing. For example, 5,000 write requests/s with 11 fields means 55,000 op/s.

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.

Revised Astra DB UI

18 September 2020

Use VPC peering to access your database on Azure and GCP. This feature is available for C- and D-tier classic databases.

28 August 2020

You can now create your Astra DB database with Microsoft Azure as your cloud provider.

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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.

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 the Astra DB console using our new Chat feature.

Use the new Chat feature in Astra DB.

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

New features:

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.

Improvements:

  • 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.