Release Log

This article includes a log of recent significant changes to the Instaclustr Managed Service.

Table of Contents

October 2020

21 Oct
  • Fixed the issue that ickafka user’s password could not be reset immediately after the cluster reaches running state.

15 Oct
  • Added new custom heroku plan in Frankfurt with 6 i3en.xlarge nodes

14 Oct
  • Enable China region for contracted customers.

13 Oct
  • New Cassandra versions 2.1.22 and 4.0-beta2 have been released. 2.1.22 is only available upon request.

6 Oct
  • Added ‘Active Connector’ page in console for managing Kafka Connect connectors.

1 Oct
  • Kafka Rest proxy and Kafka Schema registry user passwords are now configurable through Dashboard kafka users view.
  • Added OpenID Connect (OIDC) support for Elasticsearch clusters to facilitate Single Sign-On (SSO) for Kibana.
  • Redis backup supported on Azure and GCP.

September 2020

30 Sep
  • Adding an EBS Encryption Key now requires the Provider Account to be specified. Existing EBS Encryption Keys have been added to all Provider Accounts.

29 Sep
  • Updated available Cassandra version from 2.2.15 to 2.2.18
  • Optimised configuration for Redis

28 Sep
  • Added new metrics to replace old metrics that are now deprecated.

    New metrics:

    Deprecated metrics:

    Those metrics on the dashboard has been updated to display the new metrics as well.

23 Sep
  • Fixed bug on Connection Info page when Schema registry add-on is included in the cluster.

18 Sep
  • Azure Availability improvements for Elasticsearch clusters.

17 Sep
  • Resolved MFA issues on SSO enabled accounts – Owner users can enable MFA through their user settings page, and non-Owner users will no longer be redirected to a 404 page for MFA registration.
  • Allowed creation of Kafka Cluster with dedicated zookeeper nodes.

16 Sep
  • Added a validation to prevent creating a VPC peering request with an overlapping subnet with the Cluster Data Centre.
  • Added a validation in provisioning API to check the VPC Peering Connection UUID.

15 Sep
  • Add provisioning support in Switzerland North (Zurich) region for Azure.
  • Provisioning with Debian 9.13 for new nodes.
  • Existing kafka connect trusted cluster feature has been extended to client encryption disabled clusters and renamed to connected clusters.
  • Replacing the Cassandra R4 node size with the R5 node size in SA_EAST_1 AWS region.

14 Sep
  • Released managed mirroring of Kafka clusters using Kafka Connect and Mirror Maker 2
  • Optimised kernel settings for Redis.

11 Sep
  • Minor change to API to improve testability.
  • Released managed mirroring of Kafka clusters using Kafka Connect and Mirror Maker 2

9 Sep
  • Improved performance when changing custom ending time for metrics.
  • Fixed the ‘Need more info’ link on the account security page.

7 Sep
  • Removed r4 Node sizes from cluster creation for Redis.

3 Sep
  • Fixed an issue with certificate renewal for Kafka Schema Registry and Spark Jobserver
  • Added Redis provisioning capabilities to the Terraform Provider.

1 Sep
  • Updated the Elasticsearch e::docsCount monitoring API metric to exclude documents from indices used to calculate SLA metrics.


August 2020

28 Aug
  • Fixed an issue with provisioning large clusters on AWS

27 Aug
  • Making the azure node size D15_v2 available in SOUTH_CENTRAL_US and the AWS size t3.medium with tls available in more regions
  • Added an endpoint that returns the details of the authenticated API user at
  • Fixed a console bug when a user tries to log in without any linked accounts.

26 Aug
  • Added additional metrics for garbage collection and memory usage.
  • Redis: Added ACL support
  • Redis: Added the ability to create a cluster without authentication

25 Aug
  • Implemented additional monitoring to alert on potentially unhealthy Cassandra clusters

24 Aug
  • Released support for setting up Mirror Maker 2 connectors via the console.
  • Released Kafka 2.5.1 and Kafka Connect 2.5.1, new metrics related to the new versions are being rolled out progressively.
  • Fixed an issue on the following pages not showing the node IP addresses for private clusters – Cluster Summary, Metrics Lists, Metrics Graphs

18 Aug
  • Add support for Redis backups on AWS.
  • Redis node sizes added to the pricing page.
  • Add support document links on Redis metrics page on dashboard.

17 Aug
  • Redesigned the header used in the Sign Up page.
  • Expanding AWS region support for Canada-Central, Paris, Stockholm, Hong Kong, and Seoul

14 Aug
  • Fixed an issue when displaying Cassandra table metrics in the Dashboard.

12 Aug
  • Added Client Encryption capabilities for Redis clusters to the Provisioning API.

11 Aug
  • Cassandra 4.0 beta1 has been released for preview.
  • Resolved VPC peering connectivity issue

10 Aug
  • Updated Redis Cluster creation to ensure Master and Replica nodes are split across racks as efficiently as possible.
  • Added support for GCP europe-west6(Zurich) region.
  • Reinstated the display of metrics for replaced nodes in the Dashboard.

6 Aug
  • Automated deployment of scanning agents on PCI clusters.

4 Aug
  • Update node replace to notify staff if backup has failed.

July 2020

30 July
  • Enabled provisioning PCI compliant clusters with public IP.
  • Added a new status property “cdcStatus” for cluster data centres to the cluster status API request.
  • Released Azure VM types L8s and D15v2 with local storage

28 July
  • Added support for optional Redis client encryption

27 July
  • Released support for general shipping of application logs to Kafka clusters

23 July
  • Instance store node types added to Elasticsearch in AWS.
  • n::nodeStatus marked as deprecated

22 July
  • Allow t3.mediums to be provisioned with client server TLS, available upon request.

21 July
  • Included pre-built ElasticSearch connector in our Kafka Connect image.

20 July
  • Added encryption for Azure temporary storage on L8s and D15_v2 nodes (Azure default encryption doesn’t cover temporary storage), these sizes are available only upon request.

  • Released functionality to configure a truststore within a Kafka Connect cluster to trust other instaclustr managed clusters.

  • Two Factor Delete is now configurable with the cluster provisioning API endpoint and the introduction of a new cluster update API endpoint that supports Two Factor Delete.
  • Fixed missing connector dependency in Apache Zeppelin image
  • Simplified the dashboard view for customers with large number of clusters

16 July
  • Opendistro-for-Elasticsearch 1.8.0 and Kibana 1.8.0 are now available
  • Turn on failure listener feature for open distro for elasticsearch with security plugin
  • Elasticsearch automated backup frequency changed from once every 24 hours to once every 1 hour

14 July
  • Added additional http security headers to the instaclustr console

13 July
  • Fixed an issue causing errors when using the Provisioning API to add encryption keys for some AWS regions.

09 July
  • Released Kibana for Open-Distro Elasticsearch.
  • Fixed an issue that caused misleading errors when attempting to delete non-existent encryption keys via the Provisioning API and Dashboard.
  • Updated the Dashboard so that metrics for replaced nodes are now displayed.

08 July
  • Changed IDS logs to group by customer clusters.
  • Updates to node security.
  • Updating aliases on nodes for ease of use on PCI clusters
  • Added extra logging to metrics collector on nodes
  • Fixed an issue where the following non-PCI verified add-ons could be included when provisioning a PCI compliant cluster : Kafka Rest Proxy, Kafka Schema Registry, Cassandra Lucene Index Plugin
  • Create Firewall Rules API Endpoint is updated with creating firewall rules mapped by AWS security group ID. With the new changes, the user can create, delete, and list firewall rules for AWS security group ID as well.

07 July
  • Elasticsearch restore enabled from Provisioning API for customers.
  • Elasticsearch restore enabled from the Dashboard for customers.
  • Updating aliases on nodes for ease of use on PCI clusters
  • Added extra logging to metrics collector on nodes

02 July
  • Introduce new metrics for kafka topic message distribution including, outliers with respect to number of messages in partitions within a topic using the MADe method and the standard deviation for the partition message counts as a measure of dispersion. These metrics will be enabled gradually across clusters

01 July
  • Implemented latency and memory metric collection for Redis cluster

02 July
  • Fixed memory available unit in monitoring metrics
  • Added Kafka Connect plugins for the communication between Kafka and Cassandra.

June 2020

26 June
  • Added Azure L8s and D15_v2 node sizes using temporary storage for a customer.

25 June
  • Bug fix causing node replace to fail for clusters that use private broadcast.
  • Fixed a bug in the provisioning api firewall rules endpoint.

23 June
  • Fixed the issue that provisioning API falsely reports CDC configurations of Kafka clusters.
  • Removed broker_encryption from the example of provisioning API support doc.

22 June
  • Added additional infrastructure monitoring metrics.
  • Improved reliability of IDS system.
  • Introduction of a new user management API to change user roles.

18 June
  • Fixed an issue with the encryption-keys endpoint that was causing timeouts and variability in response times.

17 June
  • Released Kafka broker level Fetcher Lag metrics via the API and Dashboard. This metric will be enabled progressively on clusters.
  • Released the functionality for adding nodes to KafkaConnect clusters, through the console.

16 June
  • Elasticsearch on GCP and Azure has been released.
  • Elasticsearch backup enabled from the dashboard for customers.
  • Elasticsearch backup supported using provisioning API.
  • Stop collecting task level error metrics for deleted connectors and tasks.
  • Fixed an issue in AWS Kafka-Connect nodes reporting incorrect values for Leader State metric

12 June
  • Added Custom Heroku plans for customer.

11 June
  • Updates to the sign-on page that will see a shift to a 2-stage login and preparations for customer facing security enhancements to be rolled out in the coming months.

09 June
  • Adding differential graphs

04 June
  • Kafka Connect general availability released
  • Support for Kafka Connect 2.4.1 released
  • Fixed an issue with the provisioning API’s describe-options endpoint.
  • Bug fix: Do not trigger monitoring alerts for cluster state when Redis cluster is still being provisioned
  • Updated Redis Preview to 6.0.4
  • Introduced c5 instance types (c5.xlarge, c5.2xlarge, c5.4xlarge) for Kafka offerings

03 June
  • Extended Same Vpc Restores to determine next available vpc cidr block.

02 June
  • Removed support for creating Cassandra cluster with Zeppelin through the console
  • Updated Redis node size pricing for GCP and Azure
  • Restored Full Chain Certificates

May 2020

29 May
  • Changes to instaclustr kafka connect aws storage connector plugins including fixes to config error reporting, bug fixes to source connector, and capability to specify AWS region for s3 clients.

28 May
  • Resolved an issue when creating a Redis cluster on the console
  • Added more Kafka metrics (RequestsPerSec and ControlPlaneNetworkProcessorAvgIdlePercent), and the number of sockets on CLOSE-WAIT status.

27 May
  • Added Kafka connect availability metrics.
  • Improve add nodes page for Redis cluster, to let users configure master and replica nodes separately.
  • Improved help context for connecting to Elasticsearch clusters.

25 May
  • Fixed issue with provisioning redis clusters
  • Added links to support documentation for client connection metrics.
  • Added rest proxy and schema registry DNS to connect to node via private IPs.
  • Enabled node provisioning with Debian OS by default.
  • Removed the deprecated option ‘backupEnabled’ from Provisioning API. Please see Provisioning API support doc for further details.

22 May
  • Added more node types for running Kafka Connect in the AWS and Azure.
  • Improved memory allocation for Kafka Connect nodes during cluster creation.
  • Fixed an issue with the provisioning API’s describe-options endpoint.

21 May
  • Replaced Heroku t2 plans with t3 plans

18 May
  • Released Apache Cassandra
  • Added RequestDiscarded and PausedConnections metrics to Cassandra

14 May
  • Redis Public Preview is available to provision

13 May
  • Added Kafka Connect Task Level metric collection and exposing via instaclustr monitoring API. This feature will be gradually enabled in clusters. Refer for metric definitions

12 May
  • Added feature to allow Kafka Connect logs to be shipped to a connected Instaclustr Kafka Cluster.
  • Updated pricing information for Elasticsearch.

6 May
  • Released updates to node security.

5 May
  • Changed Native Transport Request’s Total Blocked graph to Differential Blocked Tasks.

4 May
  • Added support for running Kafka on r5 nodes in the AWS SA_EAST_1.
  • Disabled support for running Kafka on r4 nodes in the AWS SA_EAST_1.

April 2020

30 April
  • c5d.2xl has been added to AP_SOUTH_1 region.

29 April
  • Released Kafka 2.4.1.

24 April
  • Updated validation error messages for Kafka Connect cluster creation request
  • Kafka Connect Azure preview support released.

23 April
  • Released updates to node security

14 April
  • Support new functionality on console and provisioning API to provision the Kafka Connect cluster into the same AWS VPC as the target Kafka cluster.
  • Add restrictions on cluster deletion feature to not allow deletion of a Kafka cluster, if it has a dependent Kafka Connect cluster.
  • Additional validation checks implemented for Kafka Connect cluster create request.
  • Fixed a bug where the default node size was not set correctly on the create cluster and add datacentre pages.

06 April
  • Added more frequent sampling of dynamic metrics to our internal monitoring system.


March 2020

27 March
  • Elasticsearch GA released which contains several features and upgrades, such as:
    • Support for Opendistro for Elasticsearch v1.4.0.
    • Support for Dedicated Master nodes.-
    • SLA metrics and related alerts.
    • Cluster provisioning and metrics collection through API.
    • Support for Opendistro for Elasticsearch Security Plugin.

26 March
  • Instaclustr s3 storage connector v0.1.0 released as an inbuilt kafka connect connector plugin
  • Creation of PCI enabled clusters enforces Password Authentication, User Authorization and Client-Node encryption

19 March
  • Kafka Connect connector plugins that are available for your cluster is now visible from the console.
  • Added ability to view Leader state for Kafka Connect clusters on the Dashboard for periods longer than 1 hour.

11 March
  • Made VPC Peering mandatory for Kafka Connect clusters pointing to a Kafka cluster with Private IP’s only add-on.
  • Made VPC Peering the default option for Kafka Connect clusters when possible.

05 March
  • TCP socket and file descriptor information metrics added to the monitoring API.
  • Kafka detailed request and response processing time metrics and flush latency metrics added to the monitoring API.

04 March
  • Give feedback to user when creating a Kafka Connect cluster with invalid Custom Connector properties.

  • Provide warning of financial/latency impact when creating Kafka Connect cluster pointing to Kafka cluster in different region/provider.

  • Added HTTP API call to sync Kafka Connect Cluster plugins.

03 March
  • Standardized database role permissions


February 2020

25 February
  • Cassandra 4.0 Alpha3 has been released for preview.

19 February
  • Updates to node security
  • Release the ability to create PCI compliant clusters via the API and Console

18 February
  • New Feature : Kafka Connect Managed Service (Preview Release) – Support Documentation
    • Support on AWS (Support for other providers coming soon).
    • Run in our cloud provider account with a fixed, infrastructure inclusive, cost or use your own cloud provider account
    • Provision, configure and monitor your cluster using the Instaclustr Console and API.
    • BYO Connectors, customers can bring in their own connectors
    • Highly responsive, enterprise-grade, 24×7 support from Instaclustr’s renowned support team.

16 February
  • Released Cassandra versions 3.0.19 and 2.2.15

14 February
  • Improvements to cluster alerting

12 February
  • Made Kafka Topics sorted in Metrics page in Dashboard
  • Updated signup form to not autofill invalid characters into the username field
  • Fixed race condition that caused signup emails to not always be sent.

New Feature: Elasticsearch Managed Service (Preview Release)

Instaclustr’s Managed Elasticsearch provides the following management features:

  • Support on AWS (Support for other providers coming soon).
  • Run in our cloud provider account with a fixed, infrastructure inclusive, cost or use your own cloud provider account
  • Provision, configure and monitor your cluster using the Instaclustr Console.
  • Management of access via IP ranges or security groups.
  • Option of connection to your cluster using public IPs or private IPs and VPC peering.
  • Private network clusters with no public IPs.
  • SOC2 certification will be introduced in Generally Available (GA) release
  • Highly responsive, enterprise-grade, 24×7 support from Instaclustr’s renowned support team.

10 February
  • Disable deprecated t2, m4, and r4 node sizes
  • Add M5 node size to Sydney
  • Support R5 node size in Sydney
  • Remove Cassandra 2.1 for new clusters

5 February
  • Fixed a bug that caused the 2-factor delete flag not to be displayed immediately after changing its value on the cluster settings page.
  • Fixed a console bug that Cassandra client encryption selection is not honoured when creating clusters.

3 February
  • Fixed a bug that Spark and/or Zeppelin can’t be enabled when adding a new datacentre to an existing cluster.
  • Added new metrics to the api and dashboard. The new metrics added include Network, Memory, Additional CPU and Kafka Garbage collection metrics.


January 2020

29 January
  • Added additional logging for our spark offering

28 January
  • Updated formatting of slaTier return result from the cluster info request. “Non-Production” -> “NON_PRODUCTION”

20 January
  • Added new repair operations for our Cassandra Clusters

13 January
  • Fixed issue that cause password expiry password reset to fail when there was a case mismatch.

December 2019

16 December
  • Fixed state filtering on Cluster Health page
  • Monitoring API bug fixes.
  • Fix JS error that occurred when selecting Elasticsearch on the create cluster page.

12 December
  • Fixed data centre network info not showing on the console
  • Increased system node security
  • Fixed issue with Zookeeper allocation in Azure regions with 2 fault domains
  • Creation options for Kafka clusters made visible in the console

6 December
  • Released the updates to node security

5 December
  • Added disk usage per topic metric for Kafka clusters

3 December
  • Minor updates to internal log aggregation policies

November 2019

27 November
  • Added ability to create Kafka users with reduced initial permission sets
  • Fixed error in cluster 2FA deletion request

25 November
  • Database migration and improvements to infrastructure

22 November
  • Fix icons not loading on Dashboard pages

21 November
  • Released support for Kafka 2.3.1

07 November
  • Increased free trial period to 30 days.

06 November
  • Updated account security restrictions to apply to users when they are accessing any page including other accounts

October 2019

31 October
  • Updated code examples on the dashboard for connecting to Cassandra

28 October
  • Improvements to internal Monitoring System
  • Improvements to Gateway Operations

23 October
  • Cassandra hinted handoff metrics released to API and Instaclustr console

23 October
  • Updated UI to reflect multiple free trial clusters
  • Added some additional security mechanisms to our managed service
  • Added some additional support logging for our managed service

21 October
  • Bug fix to the output of node status values in monitoring API.
  • Applied CIS recommendation for network configuration.
  • Added banner with a warning message to be displayed when a node is logged into.

17 October
  • Fix signup button not working when redirect from invitation email.
  • Users who sign up with non-work related emails with coupons can provision free-trial clusters.
  • Updated coupons to be able to add extra free trial clusters.
  • Fix signup button not working when redirect from invitation email.
  • Improved cookie security for Heroku SSO logins.

14 October
  • Fix the prematurely session timing out when not all the accounts linked to user have session timing out option enabled.
  • Added additional security mechanisms to our Apache Cassandra managed service.

10 October
  • Make available hostname validation for secure connection to Cassandra cluster
  • Enforce TLSv1.2 or above on dashboard and API endpoints.

8 October
  • Implementing hardening procedures for customer nodes
  • PCI compliant SSH connection configured in nodes
  • Updated expiry of old users from accounts to apply on a schedule and not on login
  • Added maximum length validation on String based input fields

3 October
  • Standardised user setup on management instances

1 October
  • Fixed invited users unable to signup bug

September 2019

30 September
  • Fixed issue with production of snappy and zstd Kafka messages

23 September
  • Fixed handling of configs when creating topics with the tool

19 September
  • Released support for Kafka 2.3.0

17 September
  • Released kafka consumer lag monitoring feature. The metrics are reachable through the instaclustr dashboard and the monitoring API

16 September
  • Updated CoreOS version on nodes to 2191.4.1

13 September
  • Fixed bug related to Javascript loading

10 September
  • Removed unused filesystem and protocol support (PCI compliance)

9 September
  • Improve signup page UI/UX

5 September
  • New Kafka and Zookeeper instances moved to JRE 11

3 September
  • Added a Download Full Log to the spark worker log page that downloads the complete log file.

2 September
  • Introduced new hardening procedures on customer nodes

August 2019

28 August
  • Some enhancements on the Prometheus API support

19 August
  • Added support for new AWS instance type – R5 for Kafka
  • Added support for new AWS instance type – i3en.xlarge in selected regions

12 August
  • AWS T3 instances made available for both Cassandra and Kafka in all supported regions.
  • Released a patch for a bug in Cassandra which can cause nodes to join or replace without data

07 August
  • Added hyperlinks to Terms of Service and Privacy Policy on the signup page
  • Added Prometheus support to Monitoring API
  • Added compatibility for Spark 2.1.3 including Spark Jobserver to Cassandra 3.11.4

06 August
  • Fixed ic-kafka-topics tool to prevent it from printing out properties when used

05 August
  • Updated disclaimer texts and removed Elasticsearch EAP text
  • Updated Kubernetes Service Broker to return cluster authentication credentials for Service Binding

01 August
  • Introducing new AWS availability zones to London, Tokyo and Singapore

July 2019

31 July
  • Updated CoreOS version on nodes.

24 July
  • Node size m5 is now available in all the regions except Sydney. Node size m4 instead of m5 is available in Sydney region.

23 July
  • Added new features to the cluster restore operation

22 July
  • Making cassandra secondary indexes get backed up and restored

18 July
  • Deprecated creation of Kafka clusters below version 2.1.1
  • Enhanced console error handling for metrics graph display.

17 July
  • Updated token allocation for new clusters with Lucene enabled

15 July
  • Updates to the node security

12 July
  • Bug fix for enabling Lucene on new DCs.

08 July
  • Added support for new AWS instance type – r5.

03 July
  • Bug fix for adding data centres to existing private network clusters.

02 July
  • Improve display of read and write latency graphs in console
  • Pricing update

01 July
  • Hide add-ons not supported for Kafka during provisioning.

June 2019

27 June
  • Fixed console bug to correctly display Broadcast Private Address for Private Network Clusters.
  • Exposed 99th Percentile metric for Cassandra Client Read and Write to Console
  • Added support for customers to provision a cluster or data centre into a custom Vpc in AWS

26 June
  • Updated Internal Metrics Collection

17 June
  • Bug fix for handling of node allocation in two-rack Azure regions.

13 June
  • Allowing altering of Apache Kafka ACLs.

12 June
  • Adding the storage volume type for each SSD.

11 June
  • Added support for new AWS instance type – m5

05 June
  • Fixed the bug that displayed ‘free-trial expired’ warning for accounts with valid billing details.


May 2019

29 May
  • Added AWS c5d.2xlarge node size to Tokyo region
  • Moved ‘Instaclustr’ account to the bottom of Provider Accounts dropdown list in console for RIYOA customers

23 May
  • Released support for Kafka 2.1.1

21 May
  • Fixed default behaviour of UnderMinIsr alerts. Support of raising UnderMinIsr alerts by adding configuration at Topic level
  • Kafka client tool updated to version 2.1
  • Added kubernetes service broker support – see our support page

20 May
  • Added validation for maximum number of nodes per rack to the console

13 May
  • Release Zookeeper 3.4.14 for kafka

9 May
  • Add option to ignore backups from specific node backups when performing a restore

8 May
  • Updates to node security

2 May
  • Introduced throttling of newly replaced Kafka brokers to improve performance of running clusters

April 2019

30 April
  • Removed Kafka ISR Shrink/Expand Mean rate from Monitoring.

23 April
  • Released Instaclustr-Support role functionality for better customer support and security.

17 April
  • Fixed niche case of backup fails hanging indefinitely
  • Fixed GCP backups failing in certain cases due to table size

16 April
  • Fixed bug causing user to be unable to select node sizes when adding a new data centre to an existing cluster.

15 April
  • Updated control system to not start node if a restore has failed.

11 April
  • Added i3.xl and i3.2xl instance offerings for Kakfa.
  • Converted AWS Kafka offerings to GP2 EBS.
  • Upgraded the base operating system.
1 April
  • Updated example Kafka connection settings provided on the console.
  • Corrected out of date ‘Suggested fix’ information on the console cluster health metrics page
  • Add option to create cluster with either production or non-production tag through console and API.

March 2019

29 March
  • Fixed bug that caused custom tagging to not be applied to AWS instances.
28 March
  • Added Cassandra 3.11.4, 3.0.18, 2.2.14, and 2.1.21
25 March
  • Updated Price and Features tab with relevant messages
19 March
  • Fixed problem creating m4l-250 sized clusters with the provisioning API.
4 March
  • Increased robustness of Kafka node reboots.

February 2019

28 February
  • Implemented on-creation tagging for AWS EC2 Instances and EBS Volumes.
  • Updated disk size of selected AWS instances.
27 February
  • Fixed the private IP cluster gateway’s SSH failure.
25 February
  • Release Spark 2.3.2 and Zeppelin 0.8.0 with Spark 2.3.2
21 February
  • Bug fix for adding multiple datacentres to some cluster bundles.
  • Bug fixes for some links in Spark UI.
  • Made the Kafka Rest Proxy offering available for our customers.
  • Releasing the whitelist updates.
  • Tuning of Kafka alert thresholds.
18 February
  • Added support for Azure US West 2 (Washington) region.
11 February
  • Fixed internal bug causing transitions from DSE to Cassandra to fail.
  • Updated text on the console’s signup page.
7 February
  • Fixed rendering issue for emails notifying a customer a cluster resize was finished.
  • Cluster deletion verification email sent to contact from 2FA cluster settings.
5 February
  • Fixed bug in restoring from clusters with large numbers of commit logs
  • Added auto-cleanup for dangling snapshots from interrupted backups

January 2019

31 January
  • Fix to internal management tooling
23 January
  • Introduced a toggle switch for monitoring pages to switch the displaying node IP addresses between private and public addresses.
21  January
  • Updates to Node Security
  • Standardised out-of-memory error handling
  • Improved configurability of Kafka images with new versions: apache-kafka:1.1.0.ic2, apache-kafka:2.0.0.ic1, apache-kafka:2.0.1.ic1, and apache-kafka:2.1.0.ic1

14  January
  • Fixed a rare provisioning issue
  • Fixed a rare restore from backup issue

9  January
  • Added support for on-premises clusters

2 January
  • Resolved not being able to resize a datacenter with keyspace replication factors larger than the rack count using the dashboard


December 2018

17 December
  • Bug fix for accepting an account invite, if the user does not already exist

12 December
  • Updates to node security

4 December
  • Fixed the issue that valid security group ID’s are not passing Console’s input validation


November 2018

28 November
  • Improved support for clusters with large numbers of firewall rules in AWS

26 November
  • Added support for provisioning Kafka 2.1.0 and 2.0.1 clusters
  • Added missing Kafka node sizes in Azure US East 2 region
  • Added refresh button to graphs on Monitoring/Metrics Graphs page
  • Improved scaling and alignment of metric graphs

22 November
  • Fixed certificate download URL returned by API request
  • Fixed Spark UI display issue

19 November
  • Added support for provisioning Kafka 2.0 clusters

13 November
  • Fixed Spark master assignment issue when adding nodes to a cluster

6 November
  • Set new Cassandra 3 clusters to use 16 vNodes by default
  • Updates to monitoring
  • Updates to node security

October 2018

29 October
  • Allowed custom config to be applied to clusters with nodes that are not yet running
  • Update Jackson Databind library version to resolve vulnerability issue

23 October
  • Increase resilience and capacity of internal messaging service

16 October
  • Update names of read/write metrics in console to be clearer
  • Released Cassandra 3.11.3 , 3.0.17 and 2.2.13

12 October
  • Updated available versions of Spark and Spark Jobserver to 2.1.3 and 0.8.0

11 October
  • Improve instructions regarding new password restrictions

8 October
  • Added support for 11 new regions in Google Cloud Platform
  • Restricted Spark and Zeppelin add-ons from being used on developer size nodes in GCP
  • Fixed issues with provisioning large Kakfa clusters in GCP
  • Fixed an issue with bundle selection on the Console

2 October
  • Improved backup stability on clusters with large number of sstables
  • Updates to node security
  • Removed support for creating Elassandra clusters from console and API


September 2018

25 September
  • Fixed an issue where VPC peering connections are not created correctly when trying to create multiple peering connections on the console
  • Implemented better handling of ad-hoc AWS provisioning failures

20 September
  • Updated Instaclustr logos on the Console

17 September
  • Improvements to Node Security

10 September
  • Fixed issue with Zeppelin Spark interpreter not displaying exceptions

5 September
  • Changed the category for c5d nodes from ‘Production Special’ to ‘Production’

4 September
  • Fix problem with restoring replaced nodes to a point in time before they were replaced
  • Fix issues with replacing some Kafka nodes
  • Fix issue with replacing Zeppelin or Spark Jobserver nodes


August 2018

30 August
  • Updates to node security
  • Fixed ‘Page Not Found’ issue on Console
  • Fixed monitoring page on Console

29 August
  • Improvements to internal logging

27 August
  • Introduced AWS c5d.2xlarge node size with NVME storage
  • Retired AWS c3.2xlarge node size

23 August
  • Removed security vulnerability in Dashboard to Zendesk SSO
  • Fixed provisioning issue

22 August
  • Improved provisioning error handling

21 August
  • Console is compliant with GDPR

15 August
  • Fixed a bug in the provisioning API that caused duplicate clusters to be listed in some situations

14 August
  • Fixed issues with validations in VPC Peering requests
  • Fixed node sizes on ‘create cluster’ page not updating properly after changing the data centre location
  • Fixed cluster disk health message to accurately show percentage of disk used
  • Fixed create cluster page to correctly display the spark and zeppelin versions available for provisioning

13 August
  • Improve automatic handling of system_auth keyspace replication

9 August
  • Improvements to security auditing capabilities and internal operations visibility
  • Improved internal monitoring tooling.

8 August
  • Improvements to internal Cassandra testing
  • Users are able to receive T&C updates on console
  • Minor console UI improvements on signup and cluster creation page

7 August
  • Reliability improvements to logging infrastructure

1 August
  • Updates to node security

July 2018

31 July
  • Bug fix in Kafka metrics alerting threshold
  • Fix to node management internal tooling

30 July
  • Scaled internal monitoring systems
  • Added additional metrics for cluster management & monitoring

25 July
  • Fixed the inconsistent ordering in pricing page.
  • Added extra validation to username, company name and phone number fields on account creation page.
  • Disabled the ability to provision Elassandra on t2.small node size.
  • Disabled Elassandra for console and API.
  • Enabled various Cassandra ThreadPool metrics for Console and Monitoring API, including Read stage, Native Transport Requests, Mutation Stage, Counter Mutation Stage, View Mutation Stage, RPC Thread and Total Dropped Messages.
  • Fixed 500 error on Spark worker page.

17 July
  • Fixed Console impersonation bug
  • Fixed provisioning issue with some older Cassandra versions

16 July
  • Added User management UI for Kafka clusters
  • Fixed node size display ordering issue
  • Removed deprecated node sizes from Console
  • Removed ability to enable client encryption for developer sizes
  • Clicking on graphs in Cluster Summary page now takes users to Metrics Graph page instead of 404
  • Updated Console to display correct memory amount for GCP n1-highmem-2 nodes

10 July
  • Add support for Cross Region VPC peering through Dashboard and API
  • Improved VPC peering reliability
  • Updated IBM Softlayer to its rebranded name: IBM Cloud
  • Updated provider logos for AWS and GCP

04 July
  • Improved restore process for deleted clusters

03 July
  • Updates to node security

02 July
  • Update Kafka connection information on the Console
  • Fixed issue when the user chooses not to create a firewall rule when creating a Cassandra cluster but a firewall rule is still created
  • Disabled adding nodes to cluster for users with no billing details
  • Fixed issue where customers are unable to select EBS encryption keys on the console for non EBS-backed node sizes
  • Fixed issue where a wrong network is suggested when trying to add cluster data centre to an existing cluster
  • Updated instance system kernel settings for better performace
  • Fixed issue of accumulated MigrationStages when cluster is under load
  • Improved bootstrap logic for node-agent
  • Add timestamp to bash history for internal TechOps

June 2018

28 June

26 June
  • Apache Cassandra is now available

  • Updates to Kafka release including:
    • Synthetic Transaction monitoring
    • Per-Topic metrics
    • Exposing additional configuration options
    • Zookeeper backups
    • SSL broker-to-broker encryption is now required on all clusters

21 June
  • Optimized metric calculation

20 June
  • Updates to node security

19 June
  • Increased reliability of provisioning large (50 nodes or more) clusters
    Fixed issue affecting cluster deletion for instances provisioned on GCP

13 June
  • Minor improvement to internal management tooling

  • Bug Fix: Ignore aborted requests from user interaction

  • Fixed console display of incorrect pricing

12 June
  • Update internal security functionality
  • Improved formatting of internal audit messages


May 2018

31 May
  • Fixed password change emails not being sent sometimes
  • Added emergency contact field in Account Details on console. Customers can now optionally specify seperate email addresses for emergency contact

29 May

Additional new Instaclustr security features that can be optionally enabled:

  • User Expiration – Unused User Accounts will be expired after inactivity for 90 days.
  • Password Expiration – Passwords expire after 90 days.
  • Account Enforced MFA – Accounts with the feature enabled require MFA.
  • Session Management – User sessions timeout after 15 minutes of inactivity and have a total session time of 30 minutes.

24 May
  • Remove support for provisioning new Scylla clusters
  • Ended beta status for the Private Network Clusters add-on
  • Update account creation page for GDPR compliance
  • Fix minor console bugs with VPC peering

21 May

New Feature: Kafka Managed Service (Preview Release)

Instaclustr’s Managed Apache Kafka provides the following management features:

  • Support on AWS, Azure, GCP and IBM cloud
  • Automated provisioning and configuration of clusters with Kafka and Zookeeper
  • Run in our cloud provider account with a fixed, infrastructure inclusive, cost or use your own cloud provider account
  • Provision, configure and monitor your cluster using the Instaclustr Console or REST APIs.
  • Management of access via IP ranges or security groups.
  • Option of connection to your cluster using public IPs or private IPs and VPC peering.
  • Private network clusters with no public IPs.
  • SOC2 certification will be introduced in Generally Available (GA) release
  • Highly responsive, enterprise-grade, 24×7 support from Instaclustr’s renowned support team.

15 May
  • Fixed issue relating to adding data centers to some clusters

08 May
  • Support for Cassandra 3.11.2 and 3.0.16


April 2018

24 April
  • Fixed ordering of node sizes on dashboard

23 April
  • Minor bug fix to configuration deployment

17 April
  • Major upgrade to internal tooling

10 April
  • Updates to node security

  • Restore API now returns the ID of the new cluster

5 April
  • Fix for minor bugs affecting some password resets and user invitations

  • Fix Pagerduty alert issue
  • Improvements to internal Monitoring Application and Alerting

3 April
  • Added new node administration feature for use by Operations team
  • Fixed issue affecting future certificate renewals

March 2018

29 March

27 March
  • Fix to Azure rack allocation calculation

26 March
  • Updates to Internal Monitoring System

22 March
  • Adding support for Elassandra (Cassandra 3.11.2 + Elasticsearch 5.5). Compatible with Spark 2.1.1
  • Updated Kibana monitoring timeout for new version

21 March
  • Fixed provisioning bug affecting provisioning new clusters in Google Cloud Platform

20 March
  • Improvements to cluster health check

15 March
  • Minor bug fix to provisioning and monitoring

  • Fix to internal monitoring system

13 March
  • Updated Azure pricing

8 March
  • Provide more informative error messages when failing to provision custom firewall rules

5 March
  • Minor internal alerting fix
  • Fixed backups list pagination on “Restore Cluster” page
  • Updated introduction text on the “Sign Up” page

1 March
  • Improved data centre joining and migration processes

February 2018

28 February
  • Infrastructure maintenance

22 February
  • Upgraded system to use Latest Pagerduty API

 20 February
  • Fixed a node replacement issue with older nodes

  • Improved two-step cluster deletion procedure

15 February
  • Upgrade to internal fleet monitoring tools
  • Resolved issues preventing provisioning of AWS i3.2xlarge in US_EAST2, EU_WEST_2 & AP_SOUTH_1

 12 February
  • Cassandra sidecar has been replaced by a generic sidecar module
  • Fixes to fleet logging

 7 February
  • Add additional monitoring checks to Instaclustr API

1 February

January 2018

30 January
  • Fix issue which would cause Elassandra root volume to fill under certain conditions.

18 January
  • Minor Console UI fixes.

8 January
  • Changes required to support most recent CoreOS version.

December 2017

20 December
  • Updated node security

19 December
  • Removed option to create new clusters based on AWS m3.xlarge

15 December
  • Centralised logging systems improvements to better work with NTP servers.

12 December
  • Adds 99th percentile client latency metrics to the monitoring API

November 2017

28 November
  • System updates to improve internal functionality of the cluster restore feature.
  • Adds support for logical racks

27  November
  • All Azure clusters will now use Premium Managed Disks with Storage Service Encryption for data at rest.

20 November
  • Displays CASRead, CASWrite and RangeSlice metrics on Console
  • Adds API Support for CASRead, CASWrite and RangeSlice metrics.
  • New look and feel for support articles
  • Added a new email template for customer, whose free trial expires in one day and has filled billing details.

15 November
  • Fix to certificate renewal process

 13 November
  • Support for AWS i3.2xlarge
  • Fix error on Instaclustr Console Spark page
  • Fix to cluster deletion process

02 November
  • Minor Console UI changes

01 November
  • Minor stability improvements to Monitoring API

October 2017

30 October
  • Support for Cassandra 3.11.1, 3.0.15, 2.2.11 and 2.1.19

25 October
  • Bug Fix: Monitoring API  metrics return 0.0 instead of NaN

24 October
  • New Feature: Private Network Cluster (Beta)

September 2017

22 September
  • New Feature: AWS SaaS Marketplace based billing

11 September
  • Minor fix to Free Trials
  • Improve node Security

4 September
  • Minor bug fixes to backups

August 2017

31 August
  • Resizeable nodes improvements
    • Updates to default node provisioning limits
    • M4-l Resizeable nodes removed
    • Resizeable nodes added to EU_WEST_2
  • Console Improvements
    • Fixed autocompleting 2FA/TOTP codes on login page.

30 August
  • Updated branding on selected customer communications.

28 August
  • Changes done to enable Broadcast Private IP for Azure -> RIYOA
  • Removed redundant Free Trial information when clusters are provisioned with RIYOA

25 August
  • Fixed bugs of storage permissions in backup process

24 August
  • Added options to choose custom subnet when creating or adding a data centre

22 August
  • Monitoring API updates
    • Changed metrics limits in a single monitoring api call to 20
    • Restored missing metrics incorrectly removed in previous deployment

21 August
  • Console and Monitoring API improvements
    • Fixed a bug preventing display of metrics for materialised views
    • Fixed a bug preventing display of certain latency metrics in Cassandra 3.11

17 August
  • Monitoring improvements
    • Added monitoring for Kibana

15 August
  • Minor improvements to restore process

2 August
  • Cassandra version update
    • Added support for Cassandra 3.0.14

July 2017

31 July
  • Console Improvements
    • Handle lack of certificates on the console
    • Handle bad Zeppelin link
    • Properly handle bundle versions selection

27 July
  • Certificate Management
    • Fix in certificate renewal process

24 July
  • Scylla 1.7.2
    • Added support as a preview release

20 July
  • Certificate Management
    • Fix in certificate revocation process

19 July
  • Metric Collection
    • Added configurable options for SLA metric collections

14 July

13 July
  • Cassandra version update
    • Added support for Cassandra 3.11, Cassandra 2.1.18 and Cassandra 2.2.10

11 July
  • Console Graph Improvements
    • Customers can now multi-select nodes on the Cluster Summary and Metric Graphs pages
    • Tooltip values are sorted, showing you the highest and lowest 5 nodes for a metric at any point in time
    • Nodes in large clusters are consistently coloured until you refresh the page

6 July
  • Spark Update
    • Release spark 2.1.1 with Scala 2.11
    • Updated Spark-jobserver 2.0.0 with Spark 2.1.1
    • Release a new image for Zeppelin 0.7.1 with Scala 2.11 and Spark 2.1.1

4 July
  • Added AWS Availability Zone Support
    • Customers can now provision Clusters across three racks (availability zones) in the Frankfurt (eu-central-1) and São Paulo (sa-east-1) regions.

June 2017

19 June
  • Automated Repair improvements
    • Improved handling of long running repairs
    • Improved handling of potential repair failure cases
    • Fixed an issue causing too many concurrent repairs

15 June
  • Elassandra/Kibana – Beta Release
    • Elassandra and Kibana are now available as options for automatic provisioning through the Instaclustr management console (currently offered as a beta release without SLAs).

May 2017

25 May
  • Cluster Data Centre Resize Support
    • Adds the facility to vertically scale an entire data centre by adjusting the number of CPU cores and Memory quota allocated to each node.

19 May
  • EU (London) Region Support on AWS
    • Customers can now provision clusters using the AWS EU_WEST_2 (London) region either in Instaclustr’s AWS account or their own account.

8 May
  • Console Update
    • Console/dashboard now indicates when Cassandra fails to report some metrics.

4 May
  • Console Update
    • Added spark Cassandra connector support to console
    • Fixed problem with CSS of Spark UI

3 May
  • Console Update
    • Corrected reported CPU instance details for AWS T2.Mediums

1 May
  • Console Update
    • Enforce restrictions on weak passwords

April 2017

24 April
  • Metrics collection
    • Improvements to make metric collection more resilient to Cassandra exceptions

18 April
  • AWS EBS Optimisation
    • Fix bug that caused some AWS instances to be not EBS-Optimized.

11 April
  • Spark Update
    • Release spark 2.0.2 with Scala 2.11
    • updated Spark-jobserver 2.0.0 with Scala 2.11
  • Zeppelin Update
    • Release zeppelin 0.7.1 with scala 2.11
  • Console Improvements
    • Updated Spark-Cassandra connector (Spark 2.0.2 for Scala 2.11)

7 April
  • GCP Offering
    • Google Cloud Platform (GCP) no longer in beta

6 April
  • Console Update
    • Corrected role description for cluster_admin role

March 2017

30 March
  • Support new Cassandra version
    • Added support for the new Instaclustr Cassandra LTS release 3.7 (v3)

14 March
  • Enable free trial on GCP
    • n1-standard-1 is now available for a 14 day free trial with Google Cloud Platform.

February 2017

21 February
  • Support new Cassandra versions
    • Added support for Cassandra 3.0.10 and Cassandra 3.10.

15 February
  • Support new instance type on AWS: R4 XLarge
    • Added support for R4 XLarge node size
    • Added 2 configurations: himem bulk (R4 with 2000G disk space) and himem balanced (R4 with 1200G disk space)

9 February
  • Zeppelin Update
    • released version 0.6.2 of Zeppelin
  • Azure Improvement
    • reduced memory footprint of backup process

2 February
  • Console Improvements
    • Fixed DAG Visualization display on Spark console

January 2017

11 January
  • Console Improvements
    • Fixed 30-day graph navigation
    • Cassandra Lucene plugin pricing change
    • Improved custom AWS tag application

9 January
  • New region support for AWS and Azure
    • US East (Ohio) and Asia Pacific (Mumbai) for AWS
    • Australia East (NSW) and Australia South East (Victoria) for Azure

4 January
  • Console Improvements
    • Added CSRF token check to logout path
  • Monitoring API
    • Added unit field to each metric

December 2016

28 December
  • Console Improvements
    • Added reCaptcha challenge on password reset requests

22 December
  • Cassandra Lucene Index
    • Added support for Cassandra Lucene Index Plugin as a preview release.
  • Azure Improvements
    • Fixed some issues related to provision in existing resource groups.
  • AWS RIYOA Tagging
    • Add ability to add custom tags for RIYOA instances

15 December
  • Console Improvements
    • Fixed Spark UI issues when using Jobserver

13 December
  • Azure Improvements and Monitoring API enhancements
    • Enabled provisioning in existing Azure resource groups
    • Removed Azure classic provisioner
    • Added Cassandra data centre name of each nodes into the returning monitoring information.

November 2016

30 November
  • Support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) – Beta
    • Added support for GCP. Customers are now able to provision Cassandra & Spark clusters on GCP either in Instaclustr’s or their own account. For more details, please see this blog post.

22 November
  • Run in your own account security improvements
    • Changes to standard run in your own account cross-account trust configurations for improved security

21 November
  • Cassandra version update
    • Apache Cassandra ver. 3.7 (patched v2) and Datastax Enterprise 5.0.3, 5.0.4 added to provisioning options

14 November
  • Console improvements
    • Apache Cassandra ver. 3.7 (patched v2) and Datastax Enterprise 5.0.3, 5.0.4 added to provisioning options
    • Changed date format from dd/MM/yyyy to MMM d, YYYY

3 November
  • Console improvements
    • Removed availability of Datastax Enterprise as a distribution option. Please contact for DSE Support
    • Added a missing CSRF check to API key management form

2 November
  • Console/API and Provisioning infrastructure improvements
    • Changes to Instaclustr management architecture for improved security and reliability

October 2016

26 October
  • Console Improvements
    • Added previous/next period controls to graphs

25 October
  • Two-Factor Authentication
    • 2FA authentication added as an optional feature for all Console users.
  • Console Improvements
    • Fixed a graphing bug that displayed an error page immediately after a cluster has been provisioned.

18 October
  • Cassandra version update
    • Apache Cassandra ver. 3.9, 3.7 (patched), 3.0.9, 2.2.8 and 2.1.16 added to provisioning options
  • Console Improvements
    • SLA Latency metrics re-named to Synthetic Transactions
    • Reduced pressure on browser memory
    • Graph refresh is now much less annoying

6 October
  • Synthetic Transaction metrics
    • Synthetic transaction read and write latencies are available from dashboard and api.

September 2016

29 September
  • Console & Provisioning API Improvements
    • General minor improvements to the UI.
    • Provisioning API cluster info now exposes network and use private address broadcasting.

28 September
  • Zeppelin Update
    • released version 0.6.1 of Zeppelin with Spark Cassandra Connector 1.6.2

23 September
  • Console Improvements
    • Rack allocation displayed in cluster creation, and data centre and node addition forms.
    • Cluster details page now displays if Private Node Discovery is enabled or disabled.
  • Added third rack to AWS Sydney region
    • Clusters in AWS Asia Pacific (Sydney) now support 3 racks (availability zones).

22 September
  • OS Load now available through console and API monitoring
    • OS Load metric is now available in console monitoring view and through our monitoring API.
  • Add node process improvements
    • Automated setting of some configurations when adding nodes and data centres to a cluster to reduce manual intervention required.
  • Changes to provisioning statuses
    • Node now moves to “provisioned” as soon as AWS instance makes contact with our system. “Joining” state added for nodes where Cassandra is running but in joining state. (Billing commences on joining or running state.)

21 September

8 September

2 September

1 September
  • Monitoring Graph Improvements
    • ability to disable auto refresh
    • graphs in a fixed order
    • sort keyspace and table names alphabetically
  • Make 3.7 default C* version for new clusters and remove 2.2.x from available versions for new clusters

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