Astra release notes

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

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 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.

  • Astra 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 meets SOC2 Type II security audit compliance.

9 December 2020


  • Stargate endpoints are available in all Astra databases created 9 December 2020 or later and in free Astra databases created 7 October 2020 or later. For more, see the Stargate REST API and schemaless Document API.

  • New Astra Data Loader simplifies how you can get data into your Astra database.

15 October 2020


  • New Astra plan options are available to provide you with options that allow you to weigh the costs and database capabilities for your Astra database.

  • You can now add multiple regions to your database.

29 September 2020

We’ve improved our user interface to make Astra easier for you! Check out your databases and our new resources in Astra.

Revised Astra 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 database on Azure

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

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31 July 2020

DevOps API simplifies creating and managing Astra 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 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 using our new chat feature in the lower right corner.

Use the new chat feature in DataStax Astra.

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 database.


  • Check the status of Astra 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 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 DataStax Astra 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 DataStax Astra databases. What does that mean for you? It means connecting to an Astra 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 database, and connect with a single command.

January 7, 2020 (Beta)

Free tier

The Free tier was released for DataStax Astra, allowing you to create an Astra 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 DataStax Astra 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 DataStax Astra is, and then get started with creating your own database. If you have questions, review the FAQ for answers.