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Data Source Support

The Delphix Masking service supports profiling, masking, and tokenizing a variety of different data sources including distributed databases, mainframe, PaaS databases, and files. At a high level, Delphix Masking breaks up support for data sources into two categories:

  • Dedicated Delphix Connectors: These are data sources that the Delphix Engine can connect to directly using built-in connectors that have been optimized to perform masking, profiling and tokenization.

  • FEML Sources: FEML (File Extract Mask and Load) is a method used to mask and tokenize data sources that do not have dedicated Delphix Connectors. FEML uses existing APIs from data sources to extract the data to a file, masks the file, and then uses APIs to load the masked file back into the database.

Dedicated Delphix Connectors

The Delphix Engine has dedicated masking connectors for the following data sources:

  • Distributed Database: DB2 LUW, Oracle, MS SQL, MySQL, SAP ASE (Sybase), PostgreSQL, MariaDB

  • Mainframe/Midrange: DB2 Z/OS, DB2 iSeries, Mainframe data sets

  • Files: Fixed Width, Delimited, XML

For a detailed view of all the versions, features, etc Delphix supports on each data source - see the sections below.

DB2 LUW Connector

Introduction

DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows is a database server product developed by IBM. Sometimes called DB2 LUW for brevity, it is part of the DB2 family of database products. DB2 LUW is the "Common Server" product member of the DB2 family, designed to run on the most popular operating systems. By contrast, all other DB2 products are specific to a single platform.

Support Matrix

Platforms
Unix
Linux
Windows

Versions
11.1
11.5

Feature Availability
In-Place Masking Mode Multi-Tenant Available
Streams / Threads Available
Batch Update Available
Drop Indexes Available
Disable Trigger Unavailable
Disable Constraint Unavailable
Identity Column Support Unavailable
On-The-Fly Masking Mode Restart Ability Available
Truncate Available
Disable Trigger Unavailable
Disable Constraint Unavailable
Profiling Multi-Tenant Available
Streams Available

Oracle Connector

Introduction

Oracle Database (commonly referred to as Oracle RDBMS or simply as Oracle) is a multi-model database management system produced and marketed by Oracle Corporation.

Support Matrix

Platforms
Unix
Linux
Windows
AWS RDS
OCI DBaaS on Bare Metal
OCI DBaaS on VM

Versions
10g
11gR1
11gR2
12c
12cR2
18c
19c

Feature Availability
In-Place Masking Mode Multi-Tenant Available
Streams / Threads Available
Batch Update Available
Drop Indexes Available
Disable Trigger Available
Disable Constraint Available
Identity Column Support Available
On-The-Fly Masking Mode Restart Ability Available
Truncate Available
Disable Trigger Available
Disable Constraint Available
Profiling Multi-Tenant Available
Streams Available

MS SQL Connector

Introduction

Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft. As a database server, it is a software product with the primary function of storing and retrieving data as requested by other software applications—which may run either on the same computer or on another computer across a network (including the Internet).

Support Matrix

Platforms
Unix
Linux
Windows
AWS RDS
Azure SQL
Google Cloud SQL Server

Versions
2012
2014
2016
2017
2019

Feature Availability
In-Place Masking Mode Multi-Tenant Available
Streams / Threads Available
Batch Update Available
Drop Indexes Available
Disable Trigger Available
Disable Constraint Available
Identity Column Support Available
On-The-Fly Masking Mode Restart Ability Available
Truncate Available
Disable Trigger Available
Disable Constraint Available
Profiling Multi-Tenant Available
Streams Available

PostgreSQL Connector

Introduction

PostgreSQL, often simply Postgres, is an object-relational database management system (ORDBMS) with an emphasis on extensibility and standards compliance. PostgreSQL is developed by the PostgreSQL Global Development Group, a diverse group of many companies and individual contributors. It is free and open-source, released under the terms of the PostgreSQL License, a permissive software license.

Support Matrix

Platforms
Unix
Linux
Windows
AWS RDS
AWS Aurora
Azure Database for PostgresSQL
Google Cloud SQL PostgresSQL

Versions
9.2
9.3
9.4
9.5
9.6
10
11
12

Feature Availability
In-Place Masking Mode Multi-Tenant Available
Streams / Threads Available
Batch Update Available
Drop Indexes Unavailable
Disable Trigger Unavailable
Disable Constraint Unavailable
Identity Column Support Available
On-The-Fly Masking Mode Restart Ability Unavailable
Truncate Available
Disable Trigger Available
Disable Constraint Available
Profiling Multi-Tenant Available
Streams Unavailable

MySQL / MariaDB Connector

Introduction

MySQL is an open-source relational database management system (RDBMS). MySQL was owned and sponsored by a single for-profit firm, the Swedish company MySQL AB. MySQL is now owned by Oracle Corporation.

MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system intended to remain free under the GNU GPL. Development is led by some of the original developers of MySQL, who forked it due to concerns over its acquisition by Oracle Corporation.

A MySQL Connector may be used to connect to either a MySQL or MariaDB database instance.

MySQL Support Matrix

Platforms
Unix
Linux
Windows
AWS RDS
AWS Aurora
Azure Database for MySQL
Google Cloud SQL MySQL

Versions
5.5
5.6
5.7
8

Feature Availability
In-Place Masking Mode Multi-Tenant Available
Streams / Threads Available
Batch Update Available
Drop Indexes Available
Disable Trigger Unavailable
Disable Constraint Unavailable
Identity Column Support Available
On-The-Fly Masking Mode Restart Ability Unavailable
Truncate Available
Disable Trigger Unavailable
Disable Constraint Unavailable
Profiling Multi-Tenant Available
Streams Available

MariaDB Support Matrix

Platforms
Unix
Linux
Windows
AWS RDS
AWS Aurora
Azure Database for MariaDB

Versions
10

Feature Availability
In-Place Masking Mode Multi-Tenant Available
Streams / Threads Available
Batch Update Available
Drop Indexes Available
Disable Trigger Unavailable
Disable Constraint Unavailable
Identity Column Support Available
On-The-Fly Masking Mode Restart Ability Unavailable
Truncate Available
Disable Trigger Unavailable
Disable Constraint Unavailable
Profiling Multi-Tenant Available
Streams Available

SAP ASE (Sybase) Connector

Introduction

SAP ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise), originally known as Sybase SQL Server, and also commonly known as Sybase DB or Sybase ASE, is a relational model database server product for businesses developed by Sybase Corporation which became part of SAP AG.

Support Matrix

Platforms
Unix
Linux
Windows

Versions
15.03
15.5
15.7
16

Feature Availability
In-Place Masking Mode Multi-Tenant Available
Streams / Threads Available
Batch Update Available
Drop Indexes Available
Disable Trigger Available
Disable Constraint Available
Identity Column Support Available
On-The-Fly Masking Mode Restart Ability Available
Truncate Available
Disable Trigger Available
Disable Constraint Available
Profiling Multi-Tenant Available
Streams Available

DB2 Z/OS and iSeries Connectors

Introduction

DB2 for z/OS and iSeries are relational database management systems that run on IBM Z(mainframe) and IBM Power Systems.

Support Matrix

z/OS
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4

i-Series
11

Feature Availability
In-Place Masking Mode Multi-Tenant Available
Streams / Threads Available
Batch Update Available
Drop Indexes Unavailable
Disable Trigger Unavailable
Disable Constraint Unavailable
Identity Column Support Unavailable
On-The-Fly Masking Mode Restart Ability Unavailable
Truncate Available
Disable Trigger Unavailable
Disable Constraint Unavailable
Profiling Multi-Tenant Available
Streams Available

Files Connector

Introduction

Much of the time data will live outside of databases. The data can be stored in a variety of different formats including Fixed Width, Delimited, etc.

Support Matrix

File Type/Format Support Level
Fixed Width Supported
Delimited Supported
XML Supported
JSON Not Supported

Mainframe Data Set Connector

Introduction

In addition to databases and files, the Masking Engine can process data stored in Mainframe data sets commonly found on the IBM z/OS operating system. For more information on data sets, see this IBM knowledge center article

Support Matrix

The Masking Engine requires that data be encoded in EBCDIC rather than something like ASCII or UTF-8. EBCDIC is the encoding traditionally used on Mainframes.

On-The-Fly Masking Jobs

Delphix Masking supports On-The-Fly (OTF) masking jobs where the data is read from a source location and written to a different target location. Only certain combinations of connector types are supported for OTF jobs.

OTF jobs with connectors of the same type are supported. For example, masking data from an Oracle source database to an Oracle target database is supported if both are using the built-in Oracle connector, as is a job with a delimited file source and target. OTF jobs using Extended Connectors are supported if both the source and target are using the same Extended Driver (the same uploaded JDBC driver). Additionally, OTF jobs with a relational database source and a delimited file target are supported. The following data sources are supported as source connectors for OTF jobs with delimited file targets.

  • Oracle
  • DB2
  • MS SQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • MySQL / MariaDB
  • SAP ASE (Sybase)
  • Connectors created as Extended Connectors

No other combinations of connector types are supported. For example, an Oracle source with a PostgreSQL target, or an MS SQL source with a fixed width file target, are unsupported.