Astra DB release notes

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

14 September 2021

You can now create multiple datacenters across regions for serverless databases.

2 September 2021

29 July 2021

Added support for serverless GCP 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.

3 May 2021

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

15 April 2021

4 March 2021


Other 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 SOC2 Type II security audit compliance.

9 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 databases.

28 August 2020

Launch your Astra DB database on Azure

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

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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.

In-product support is available via chat

Submit questions or feedback directly in Astra DB using our new chat feature in the lower right corner.

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.


  • Check the status of Astra DB databases at

  • 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: General availability

  • 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.

February 27, 2020 (Beta)

Integrated CQLSH

We brought the Cassandra Query Language SHell (CQLSH) even closer to you by integrating it directly in the Astra DB console. Navigate to your database, select the CQL Console tab, and issue CQL commands to interact with your database.

January 24, 2020 (Beta)

Standalone CQLSH

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) or DataStax Distribution of Apache Cassandra™ (DDAC).

Previously, you used native CQLSH included in one of those products. Today, you can download CQLSH, download the secure connect bundle for your Astra DB database, and connect with a single command.

January 7, 2020 (Beta)

Free tier

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.

Open Beta

The 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.