Version V R7 (5.12.x)

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

Supported Database (DB) Types

You can contact your Customer Success Manager for details about databases supported by a specific Alation version and possible limitations.

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

Cassandra

2.1, 3.11.15**

native CData

DB2

10, 11

native

Greenplum

4.3.7.3

native

5.1.0

native

MemSQL

5.8.0

native

MongoDB

3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 4.0, 4.2 ***

native, CData

MySQL

5.7, 8.0

native

Netezza ****

7.2.1.0

native

Oracle

11gR2, 12c, 18,19

native

PostgreSQL (enterprise)

9.6.2.7, 10 11, 12

native

PostgreSQL (open source)

9.5, 9.6, 10, 11.4, 11.5, 12

native

Presto over Hive

0.185

native

Qubole

contact Support

n/a

Salesforce DB

n/a

native

SAP HANA

2.0

native

SAS Base (data files in SAS server)

9.4

native

Snowflake

latest available at release date

native

SQL Server

2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019

✔*****

native

Sybase ASE

Adaptive Server Enterprise 16.0

native

Sybase IQ

v 16

native

Teradata

15.10, 16.10, 16.20

native

Teradata Aster

4.6

native

Vertica

7.2.3

native

SOURCES ON AWS RDS

My SQL

5.7. 8.0

native

Oracle

11gR2, 12c 12.2

native

PostgreSQL (open source)

9.5, 10, 11

native

SQL Server

2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

✔*****

native

AMAZON SOURCES

AWS Databricks

V4.3, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.0, 6.1

native

AWS Glue

2017-03-31

native

Redshift

latest available at release date

native

Redshift Spectrum

latest available at release date

native

GOOGLE SOURCES

Google BigQuery

latest available at release date

native

HADOOP SOURCES

Hive on HDP

HDP 2.4, 2.5.3, 2.6.3, 2.6.4, 2.6.5

native

Hive on CDH

CDH 5.2 to 5.16 6.2, 6.3

native

Hive on EMR (QLI over FS)

EMR 5.0 to 5.27

native

Hive on EMR (QLI over S3)

EMR 5.0 to 5.27

native

Hive on EMR with MapReduce

EMR 5.0 to 5.27

native

Hive on EMR with Tez

EMR 5.0 to 5.27

native

Hive with AWS Glue as Metastore

2017-03-31

native

Hive on HDP with Tez

HDP 2.4, 2.5.3, 2.6.3, 2.6.4, 2.6.5

native

Hive 3 on HDP with Tez

HDP 3.0, 3.1

native

Impala

CDH 5.8 to 5.16 6.0 to 6.3

native

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

10.0.xxxx.xx

native

Azure Databricks******

V5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.0, 6.1

native

Hive on Azure HDInsight

3.5, 3.6

native

Hive 3 on Azure HDInsight

4.0

native

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

** Cassandra 3.11.15 is supported with the custom DB functionality.

*** Case sensitivity is not supported.

**** Mongo DB 4.2 can be supported using Custom DB with the CData drivers.

***** EOL was announced for Netezza in 2019.

****** Alation recommends to use Progress Datadirect Spark SQL JDBC driver for Azure Databricks sources.

Supported DB Authentication Methods

Note that all these database types support basic authentication, meaning, 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

Netezza

Oracle

PostgreSQl (enterprise)

PostgreSQl (open source)

Presto over Hive

Qubole

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

Hive 3

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 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 currently support for Hive 2. For more details on Hive data sources, refer to the Hive section of the Installing Alation: Data Source Configuration guide.

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

* Support of authentication methods depends on your Hive setup. This table shows all the authentication methods Alation can currently support for Hive 3. For more details on Hive data sources, refer to the Hive section of the Installing Alation: Data Source Configuration guide.

Supported BI Tools

Tool

Supported Version

Metadata Extraction

Lineage

Access Rules

Stats

Tableau Legacy*

10.5.3, 2018.1 2018.1

Tableau Generic*

10.5.3, 2018.1, 2018.3, 2019.1, 2019.2, 2019.3, 2019.4, 2020.1

MicroStrategy

10.4, 11 2019 Cloud

Cognos

11

SFDC Einstein Analytics

REST API 41.0

SSRS (without Sharepoint)

2012, 2014, 2016 2017

* In V R5 (5.9.x), Alation updated the integration framework for Tableau Server. The framework that existed in prior releases is referred to as “Legacy”, and the new framework is referred to as “Tableau Generic”. For more details, see the Tableau Server section in Installing Alation: Guide to BI Tool Configuration.

Supported Authentication Methods For Tableau Server

Tableau Version

LDAP

SSL

10.5.3, 10.4

2018.1

2018.2, 2019.1

2019.2, 2019.3

2019.4, 2020.1

Supported File Systems

File System

Version Supported

Authentication Method

Metadata Extraction

AWS S3

all versions

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

SSL, Kerberos

* Azure Active Directory

Supported Browsers

Browser

Version

OS Version

Chrome HD (1440x900)

80.0.3987.132

Windows 7

Chrome - Windows 10

80.0.3987.132

Windows 10

Chrome HD - OS X

77.0.3865.120

macOS Mojave 10.14

Mozilla Firefox HD (1440x900)

74

Windows 7

Mozilla Firefox HD

73

macOS Mojave 10.14

Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 HD (1440x900)

11.0.115 (11.0.9600.19301)

Windows 7

Microsoft IE 11- Windows 10

11.437.17763.0 (11.0.120)

Windows 10

Microsoft Edge - Windows 10

81.0.416.28

Windows 10

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 other 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 V R5

This table contains changes compared to the previous release.

Change

Description

ADLS Gen2

Added support for ADLS Gen2 using the Azure Blob Storage connector

AWS Databricks

Confirmed support for versions 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 6.0, 6.1

CDH

Confirmed support for CDH versions 6.0 to 6.3

EMR

Confirmed support for versions up to 5.27

MicroStrategy

Added support for 2019 Cloud version

Mongo DB

Confirmed support for versions 3.4, 4.0, 4.2. Version 4.2 can be supported with Custom DB and the CData driver.

MySQL

Confirmed support for MySQL 8.0

PostgreSQL

Confirmed support for versions 11.4, 11.5, 12

SAP HANA

Added support for version 2.0, added SSL support

SQL Server

Added support for version 2019 (EC2)

SSRS

Added support for versions 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017 (without Sharepoint); SSL support

Tableau

Confirmed support for versions 2019.3, 2019.4, 2020.1

Change Log

This table contains corrections we have to make in case we find issues with the support of the announced versions.

Date

Change

Corrected a typo in the EMR supported version from 5.10 to 5.0. Alation supports EMR versions 5.0 to 5.27.