Version 2021.1

Refer to the tables below for information on supported database, file system, and BI tool types and versions.

Important

Alation has certified support for versions in this Matrix with release 2021.1. If your Alation instance uses a different release, please refer to the Support Matrix corresponding to this release. If you do not find the version of interest in this Support Matrix, please contact your Customer Success Manager or Alation Support for clarifications.

Supported Database (DB) Types

Note that Query Log Ingestion (QLI) is not currently supported for data sources deployed on AWS RDS.

Database Type

Version Supported

Metadata Extraction

Compose

Sampling / Profiling

QLI*

Popularity

Lineage

Driver

Driver Version

Cassandra

2.1

native

com.alation.drivers. redshift.FixedRedshiftDriver 1.2.12.1017

DB2

10, 11

native

com.ibm.db2.jcc.DB2Driver 10.5

Greenplum

4, 5, 6.3, 6.9

native

Postgres 42.2.14

MemSQL

5.8.0, 7

✔***

✔ ***

native

MySQL 8.0 driver

MongoDB

3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 4.0, 4.4

native

mongo-java-driver 3.8.0

MySQL

5.7, 8.0

native

V 8.0.21

Oracle

11gR2, 12c, 18c, 19c

native

12.1.0.2-tlsPatch.

Oracle E-Business Suite

12.2.5

native

12.1.0.2-tlsPatch.

PostgreSQL (enterprise)

9.6, 10, 11, 12, 13

native

Postgres 42.2.14

PostgreSQL (open source)

9.5, 9.6, 10, 11.4, 11.5, 12, 13

native

Postgres 42.2.14

Presto on Hive

0.230

native

com.facebook.presto.jdbc. PrestoDriver 0.227. Note that the 0.199 is also available

Salesforce DB

winter 2020

API

N/A

SAP HANA

2.0

native

V 2.4.70.

SAS Base (data files in SAS server)

9.4

✔***

✔***

native

com.sas.rio.MVADriver 904300

Snowflake

latest available at release date

native

net.snowflake.client.jdbc. SnowflakeDriver v3.12.14

SQL Server

2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019

✔**

native jtds

com.microsoft.sqlserver 8.2.2.jre11

Sybase ASE

Adaptive Server Enterprise 16.0

native

com.alation.drivers.sybase. FixedSybaseDriver.com.alation. drivers.sybase.4

Sybase IQ

v 16

native

com.alation.drivers.sybase. FixedSybaseDriver.com.alation. drivers.sybase.4

Teradata

15.10, 16.10, 16.20, 17.0

native

V 15.10.00.22

Teradata Aster

4.6

native

com.asterdata.ncluster.Driver 5.0.3

Vertica

7.2.3

native

V 7.2.1

SOURCES ON AWS RDS

MySQL

5.7. 8.0

✔***

✔***

native

V 8.0.21

Oracle

11, 12c, 12.2c, 18c, 19c

✔***

✔***

native

12.1.0.2-tlsPatch.

PostgreSQL (open source)

9.5, 10.0, 11.4, 11.5, 12

✔***

✔***

native

Postgres 42.2.14

SQL Server

2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

✔**

✔***

✔***

native

com.microsoft.sqlserver8.2.2 .jre11

AMAZON SOURCES

AWS Databricks

6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 7.0, 7.3

native

SimbaSparkJDBC-2.6.16.1020

AWS Glue

latest available at release date

native

N/A

Redshift

latest available at release date

native

com.alation.drivers.redshift. FixedRedshiftDriver 1.2.12.1017

Redshift Spectrum

latest available at release date

native

com.alation.drivers.redshift. FixedRedshiftDriver 1.2.12.1017

GOOGLE SOURCES

Google Big Query

latest available at release date

native

Simba driver for Google Big Query V 1.2.11.1014

HADOOP SOURCES

Hive on HDP

HDP 2.4, 2.5.3, 2.6.3, 2.6.4, 2.6.5

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive on CDH

CDH 5.2 to 5.16, 6.2, 6.3

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive on EMR (QLI over FS)

EMR 5.0 to 5.29

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive on EMR (QLI over S3)

EMR 5.0 to 5.29

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive on EMR with MapReduce

EMR 5.0 to 5.29

✔***

✔***

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive on EMR with Tez

EMR 5.0 to 5.29

✔***

✔***

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive with AWS Glue as Metastore

2017-03-31

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive on HDP with Tez

HDP 2.4, 2.5.3, 2.6.3, 2.6.4, 2.6.5

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive 3 on HDP with Tez

HDP 3.0, 3.1.x

✔***

✔***

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive 3 on EMR with Tez

EMR 6.0

✔***

✔***

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive 3 on CDP with Tez

CDP 7.0

✔***

✔***

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Impala

CDH 5.8 to 5.16 6.0 to 6.3

native

Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.two.2.1.0-2.1.0

SparkSQL over Hive Metastore

CDH 5.8 to 5.16 HDP 2.4, 2.5, 2.6.5

native

MS AZURE SOURCES

Azure SQL Data Warehouse

latest avaialble at release date

✔***

✔***

native

com.microsoft.sqlserver.jdbc. SQLServerDriver.com.microsoft. sqlserver.jdbc.8.2.2.jre11

Hive on Azure HDInsight

3.5, 3.6

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

Hive 3 on Azure HDInsight

4.0

native

com.alation.drivers.hive. Hive2Driver.com.alation. drivers.hive.zero.fourteen. 0.14.0-0.14.0

* Query Log Ingestion (QLI). Note that Alation does not support QLI for data sources on RDS.

** Case sensitivity is not supported.

*** Lineage and Popularity are calculated based on queries ingested from Compose.

Data Sources Supported as Custom DB

Database Type

Version Supported

Metadata Extraction

Compose

Sampling

QLI

Popularity

Lineage

Custom Query Based Column Profiling

Driver

Driver Version

AWS Athena

latest

Simba

Athena SImba driver V 2.0.9

Azure Databricks

6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 7.0, 7.4

Simba

SimbaSparkJDBC-2.6.16.1020

Azure Synapse Analytics (Azure DW)

Latest

Microsoft

com.microsoft.sqlserver.jdbc. SQLServerDriver.com.microsoft. sqlserver.jdbc.8.2.2.jre11

Cassandra

3.11

✔*

✔*

CData

CData cassandra driver 2020

Cosmos DB

latest

✔*

✔*

CData

CData Cosmos Driver 2020

Denodo

8

Denodo

denodo-vdp-jdbcdriver-8.0-ga

DynamoDB

V2019.11.21

✔*

✔*

CData

CData DynamoDB Driver 2020

EMR Presto on Hive with AWS Glue

EMR 5.29, 6.0 Presto 0.230

Facebook

com.facebook.presto.jdbc. PrestoDriver 0.227

EMR SparkSQL on Hive

EMR 6.1 Spark 3.x

✔*

✔*

CData

CData SparkSQL Driver 2020

MongoDB

4.2, 4.4

✔*

✔*

CData

CData MongoDB Driver 2020

MongoDB Atlas on AWS

4.2, 4.4

✔*

✔*

CData

CData MongoDB Driver 2020

Salesforce

Winter 2020

CData

CData SalesforceDB Driver 2020

ServiceNow

Paris

CData

CData ServiceNow Driver 2020

Starburst Enterprise Presto (Trino)

2020 338-e.0 LTS on AWS

Starburst

presto-cli-338-executable.jar from starburst

* Lineage and Popularity are calculated based on queries ingested from Compose.

Supported DB Authentication Methods

Note that for all database types listed in this table, Alation supports basic authentication, and users can connect with their database credentials (database account login and password). The table focuses on specific authentication methods which our customers usually ask about.

Database Type

PM*

Cross DB

SSL

NTLM

Kerberos

Proxy Access**

Keytab

LDAP

Cassandra

DB2

Greenplum

MemSQL

MongoDB

MySQL

Oracle

Oracle E-Business Suite

PostgreSQl (enterprise)

PostgreSQl (open source)

Presto over Hive

Salesforce DB

n/a

SAP HANA

SAS Base

Snowflake

SQL Server

Sybase ASE

Sybase IQ

Teradata

Teradata Aster

Vertica

SOURCES ON AWS RDS

MySQL

Oracle

PostgreSQl (open source)

SQL Server

AMAZON SOURCES

AWS Databricks

AWS Glue

Redshift

n/a

Redshift Spectrum

n/a

GOOGLE SOURCES

Google BigQuery

HADOOP SOURCES

Hive

Authentication for Hive

Authentication for Hive 3

Impala

SparkSQL over Hive Metastore

MS AZURE SOURCES

Azure Data Warehouse

Azure Databricks

Azure HDInsight

*Permission Mirroring

** Knox, Ranger, Blue Talon, Zookeeper

Note that SASL is only supported for Hive data sources.

Authentication for Custom DB

Database

OAuth

OAuth for Compose

Kerberos

Keytab

LDAP

AWS Athena

Azure Databricks

Azure Synapse Analytics (Azure DW)

Cassandra

Cosmos DB

Denodo

Dynamo DB

EMR Presto on Hive with AWS Glue

EMR SparkSQL on Hive

MongoDB

MongoDB Atlas on AWS

Salesforce

ServiceNow

Starburst Enterprise Presto (Trino)

Authentication for Hive

Distribution and Data Platforms

Authentication

Support*

MapR

Basic

Kerberos (and keytab)

Hive SSL

HTTPFS Kerberos

Wire-level security

SASL

HDP

Basic

Kerberos (and keytab)

Azure Encryption

Hive SSL

WebHDFS SSL

HTTPFS Kerberos

Knox Kerberos

Knox LDAP

Hive Zookeeper URL

SASL

CDH

Basic

Kerberos (and keytab)

Hive SSL

WebHDFS SSL

HTTPFS Kerberos

Hive Zookeeper URL

SASL

EMR

Basic

Kerberos (and keytab)

Hive SSL

WebHDFS SSL

SASL

EMR with Tez

Kerberos (and keytab)

LDAP

* Support of authentication methods depends on your Hive setup. This table shows all the authentication methods Alation can potentially support for Hive. For more details on Hive data sources, refer to Hive.

Authentication for Hive 3

Distribution and Data Platforms

Authentication

Support*

HDP

Basic

Kerberos (and keytab)

Azure Encryption

✔ (only in Azure HDP))

Hive SSL

WebHDFS SSL

HTTPFS Kerberos

Knox Kerberos

Knox LDAP

Hive Zookeeper URL

SASL

CDP

Basic

Kerberos (and keytab)

Azure Encryption

Hive SSL

WebHDFS SSL

HTTPFS Kerberos

Knox Kerberos

Knox LDAP

Hive Zookeeper URL

SASL

EMR

Basic

Kerberos (and keytab)

Azure Encryption

Hive SSL

WebHDFS SSL

HTTPFS Kerberos

Knox Kerberos

Knox LDAP

Hive Zookeeper URL

SASL

* Support of authentication methods depends on your Hive setup. This table shows all the authentication methods Alation can potentially support for Hive. For more details on Hive data sources, refer to Hive.

Supported BI Tools

Tool

Supported Version

Metadata Extraction

Lineage

Access Rules

Stats

SSL

Tableau GBM V2*

10.5.3, 2018.1, 2018.3, 2019.1, 2019.2, 2019.3, 2019.4, 2020.1, 2020.2, 2020.3, 2020.4

MicroStrategy

10.4 (on-prem), 11.1 (on-prem), 2019 Cloud, 2020 Cloud

SFDC Einstein Analytics

Winter 2020 REST API 41.0

SSRS (without Sharepoint)

2012, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19

SSRS (with Sharepoint)

2012, 16

* In 2020.4, a Tableau Server BI source can only be added using the GBM V2 framework. Tableau Legacy model is no longer available for new Tableau sources.

Supported OCF Connectors

Connectors

Supported Version

Metadata Extraction

Lineage

Access Rules

Stats

SSL

Looker

Cloud 7.x

Power BI Pro

latest

Tableau

2019.4, 2020.2, 2020.3, 2020.4

SAP BO

4.2

Supported File Systems

File System

Version Supported

Authentication Method

Metadata Extraction

AWS S3

latest

basic

Azure Blob Storage

2018-03-28

basic

Azure Data Lake

Gen 1

SSL, AAD*

Azure Data Lake

Gen 2**

SSL, AAD*

HDFS - CDH

5.2 to 5.16 6.0 to 6.3

SSL, Kerberos

HDFS - HDP

2.4, 2.5.3, 2.6.3, 2.6.4, 2.6.5, 3.0.1, 3.1.0, 3.1.4

SSL, Kerberos

* Azure Active Directory

** ADLS Gen 2 can be added using the Azure Blob Storage native connector.

Supported Docker Versions

  • Docker 18.09.1 or later

  • Docker Compose 1.23 or later

Supported OS for the Alation Server

  • CentOS 7.x or 8.x

  • RedHat 7.x or 8.x

  • Ubuntu 16, 18

  • AWS Linux 2

  • Fedora 31, 32

  • Debian 9, 10

  • Oracle Linux on Red Hat Compatible Kernel 7

More information: System Requirements

Supported Browsers

Browser

OS

Version

Chrome HD

Windows 7

88.0.4324.104

Chrome

Windows 10

88.0.4324.104

Mozilla Firefox HD

Windows 7

85.0

Mozilla Firefox

Windows 10

85

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

Windows 7

11.0

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11

Windows 10

11.0

Microsoft Edge Chromium

Windows 10

88.0.705.50

SSO Catalog

Application

Protocol

Ping

SAML 2.0

OKTA

SAML 2.0

OneLogin

SAML 2.0

Azure AD

SAML 2.0

ADFS

SAML 2.0

Auth0

SAML 2.0

SSO - Compose

Database Type

Azure AD

AD FS

OKTA

PingFederate

One Login

Auth0

Snowflake IDP

AWS Athena

AWS Redshift

AWS DynamoDB

AWS EMR

Azure Databricks

Snowflake

Definitions

Compose: the Alation query tool for authoring, running, and publishing SQL queries to the data catalog.

Lineage: visual representation of how tables, views, and BI reports are derived from source tables.

Metadata Extraction: extraction of metadata from a source into the catalog with the goal of synchronizing them and providing catalog users with a representation of the data contained in this source. Metadata extraction can be run manually or on an automatic schedule that will depend on your organization’s needs and usage.

Popularity: an indicator of the popularity (intensity of use) of a data object, such as a table or a column. Popularity is calculated through an algorithm that analyzes both the results of Query Log Ingestion and Compose usage to determine the number of Alation users that have used the object and the number of times the object has been used.

Query Log Ingestion (QLI): processing of a selection of database query logs by Alation in order to calculate Popularity, Top Users, and supply JOIN information to the catalog.

Sampling: Creation of data samples for the cataloged data sources. When you perform data profiling in Alation, it scans the first 10,000 rows of a table. A data sample is a random sample of 100 rows out of those 10,000 scanned rows intended to provide you with an understanding of what kind of data is contained in the profiled table without the need to run a query.

What Is Different Compared to 2020.4?

This table contains the changes compared to the previous release.

Change

Description

Certified support for new data sources that can be cataloged using Custom DB and custom drivers

Added support for EMR SparkSQL, Starburst Enterprise Presto (Trino), Denodo and Azure Synapse Analytics (Azure DW). See Data Sources Supported as Custom DB

Teradata

Added support for version 17

AWS Databricks

Added support for version 7.3

Azure Databricks

Added support for version 7.4

Postgres Enterprise

Added support for version 13

Supported OS Versions

Updated OS versions

Supported browsers

Updated browser versions