Bug fixes and performance improvements
This release focuses on a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. More details can be found on the Fixed issues page.
Improved VDB Provisioning efficiency for SQL Server
The provisioning efficiency of VDBs for SQL Server have been significantly improved by eliminating the necessity to execute the checkpoint operation.
Improved SQL Server Access Control List (ACL) update time for file stream files (for VDB operations)
Mitigates delays caused by the longer Access Control List (ACL) update time compared to the transaction log interval, which is achieved by bypassing ACL checks during virtual database operations.
Fluentd logs download
Adds a capability that allows you to download Fluentd logs for debugging, as well as import the logs into analysis tools.
In-place conversion of an engine to Elastic Data (object storage)
System administrators can now convert an existing all-block-storage Continuous Data Engine to Elastic Data (with object storage), in-place, without the need to replicate to a new engine. Note that a reboot update is required to use this feature.
Certification of Oracle 19c and 21c on SUSE 15 SP5
Oracle 19c and 21c on SUSE 15 SP5 are now certified.
Adds support for invoking Datapatch against Oracle VDBs when they are provisioned, refreshed, rewound, started, or enabled via Delphix UI and CLI.
Export an Oracle non multi-tenant or PDB snapshot to a physical Oracle ASM or Exadata database
This feature enables you to export data from an Oracle non multi-tenant, PDB snapshot, or timeflow point to a physical Oracle database that uses Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM). This feature is especially useful for Oracle target environments running on Exadata or ExaCC systems.
SSL/TLS support for HADR ingestion
The Db2 plugin introduces SSL/TLS support for HADR ingestion, enhancing data security during replication by encrypting data in transit between primary and standby databases.
Dynamic UI for Db2 virtualization
With the introduction of various dynamic UI features, you can now experience a streamlined and user-friendly interface that adapts based on your selected choices, simplifying the linking process.
Redeploy Support (Repave)
Continuous Data Engines may now be disconnected from their storage and redeployed, maintaining the previous configuration and data. Redeployment support only works with the same Delphix Engine version. Currently, engine redeployment is not supported on Elastic Data Engines, which is expected to be available in a subsequent release.
Previously referred to as “Cloud Engines”, Continuous Data with Elastic Data allows you to leverage lower-cost object storage in addition to traditional block storage. This has the effect of dramatically decreasing the operational overhead of Continuous Data while enabling new use cases like long-term archival and retention.
Private data center Elastic Data
Previously, Elastic Data was only available for Continuous Data Engines deployed in AWS (using S3) or Azure (using BLOB storage). We now support deploying Elastic Data with on-premises, S3-compatible object storage arrays.
Elastic Data on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Elastic Data may now be used in OCI, providing decreased operational overhead and enabling new use cases, as mentioned above.
In the case of a failure on a primary Continuous Data Engine, failover may be used to swap operations to a secondary Engine. Previously, this was a one-time, terminal action. With failback, you can restore operations back to the primary engine if the failure has been resolved, or if you simply want to test the failover process.
The PurgeLogs operation now includes support for Oracle Multitenant dSources.
Oracle Staging Push
The Staging Push method of ingestion now supports point-in-time provisioning of data.
Couchbase 7.1.3 is now supported and several bugs have been resolved, such as increasing buffer size in the bucket-list command, backup restore failures, and replication status checks.
There is now guidance for upgrading Source, Staging, and Target environments from MySQL 5.7 to v8.0. In addition, new guardrails have been introduced to prevent incompatible refresh and rollback operations.
All RHEL v8.x operating systems are now supported. In addition, new protections have been introduced to prevent accidental modification of parameters via VDB Config Template configuration.
VDB provisioning has been improved in scenarios when SAP HANA services
scriptserverand others are missing volume information.
Support for upgrading OpenJDK Java
Enables the ability to provide your own Adoptium OpenJDK upgrades without upgrading the product. Extends “Bring Your Own Java” to include Adoptium, not just Oracle.
ESXi 8.0 U1
Continuous Data may now be run on VMware ESXi 8.0 U1.
Recovery from failed VPDB in a Linked CDB
A variety of factors may cause an Oracle virtual pluggable database to fail in a linked container database. It is now possible to recover from a failed Pluggable Virtual Database with a forced refresh or rewind operation.
Support for RHEL 8.8 has now been certified for Delphix. This release was originally published in June.
Additional parameters are now supported in the
mongorestorecommands. Backups and restores can be customized more flexibly to improve data extraction and ingestion speeds, such as parallel collections processing.
Support has been added for PostgreSQL 15.0 on RHEL 9.0 and Azure Flexible Server for PostgreSQL 14.0. The source sizing calculation has also been updated to more accurately represent the correct database size.
The following are now supported:
SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server Core 2016
SQL Server 2019 on Windows Server Core 2019
SQL Server 2022 on Windows Server Core 2022
SQL Server Developer Edition for all supported SQL Server versions
User audit for Delphix support
In a case where engine access is granted to Delphix Support to debug or fix issues, or any actions take any actions, this is now tracked in its own audit log.
You can now add a certification for SMTP TLS authentication via the API or command line.
Refresh/Rewind of Oracle VDBs and VPDBs that have been exported to Oracle ASM Databases
Users may now refresh or rewind Oracle VDBs or VPDBs that have been exported to physical ASM databases. The performance of the export to ASM can also be improved with the ability to specify specific RMAN file section sizes.
The v4.6.0 release supports Staging Push with the Database Partitioning feature (DPF) and custom mount points.
The v1.3.0 release supports passing additional parameters to mongodump and mongorestore. This adds parallel processing and flexibility to improve data extraction and ingestion speeds.
Staging push read-only Oracle databases
Supports staging-push ingestion from read-only databases.
Partial ingestion via Oracle staging push
Partial ingestion enables the ability to ingest only selected Oracle tablespaces with Staging Push. This feature allows you to subset the Oracle database by choosing only specific tablespaces.
Supports MongoDB Enterprise 6.0 and Mongo Atlas, including cluster-to-cluster sync to enable ingestion of large, sharded databases.
Supports MySQL v8 across all certified editions.
Supports point-in-time (PIT) provisioning using external logs and ingestion using the “pg_dumpall” utility.
Azure key vault integration
This release adds Azure Key Vault support for storing and accessing secrets, keys, and certificates necessary for Continuous Data operations.
READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT parameter can now be set during VDB provisioning
This feature allows the SQL Server READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT database parameter to be defined during VDB Provision operations, either by specifying it as a VDB Configuration Parameter or associating the VDB with a VDB Configuration Template. If defined, the parameter will be automatically set during Provision, Refresh, and Rewind operations for the VDB.
Export an Oracle virtual DB or virtual PDB to a physical Oracle ASM or Exadata database
This feature enables you to export data from an Oracle Virtual database (VDB) or a Multi-Tenant (MT) VPDB to a physical Oracle database that uses Automatic Storage Management (ASM). This feature is especially useful for Oracle target environments running on Exadata or ExaCC systems.
Oracle: Multiple virtual PDBs in a virtual CDB
This feature enables you to provision and manage multiple Oracle virtual PDBs to a virtual CDB (vCDB).
A vCDB is a Delphix-managed, fully compatible Oracle Container Database created and maintained by Delphix as part of the VDB provisioning workflow. This workflow allows organizations to automate their Oracle data lifecycle end-to-end, which results in developer productivity enhancements. Additionally, because container databases allow it, Oracle users benefit from the Oracle licensing agreement (which allows hosting up to three PDBs inside a vCDB).
This feature is only supported for Oracle versions 220.127.116.11 (with a patch for Oracle bug 18967466) and later.
Source sizing for HANA
This feature enables you to calculate the source dataset size based on the total allocated space on the mount point provided by the Delphix Engine for the dataset.
Support for multiple backup paths in DB2
This feature supports multiple backup paths instead of one for dSource ingestion. This allows you to provide a single backup path for the dSource ingestion and add more backup paths with a dynamic UI to accommodate for the extra backup directories where the backup was split into.
Oracle: Multi-Tenant TDE for VCDBs
Use transparent data encryption (TDE) with virtual container databases to secure data-at-rest. Existing TDE keys can be used or data can be rekeyed upon deployment. Automated KeyStore sanitization ensures production TDE keys are not shared to non-production environments.
Oracle: staging push
Pushes new data to the Delphix DevOps Data Platform instead of requesting data on a polling interval. Isolate ingests to Delphix from production instances. Gives the ability to leverage third-party backup applications. Full-tested integration with Oracle Data Guard and Active Data Guard allows for staging DB to be the standby DB, enabling tight point-in-time snapshots.
Cassandra: new Continuous Data connector
Continuously sync to Cassandra databases and deploy data to non-production environments. Deploy data from multiple Cassandra nodes as a single virtual database. Track source changes along a continuous time flow and redeploys data from any time. Quickly deploy data to new ephemeral instances. Branch production data, apply data masking, and deploy to new developer sandbox environments.
Multiple Device Removal for Delphix Engines version 18.104.22.168 to 6.0.17.X contains a breaking kernel module change that requires a reboot in order for the new module to load. With that, a deferred reboot engine upgrade operation will be unable to remove devices until a reboot is performed.
Source sizing for Postgres and IBM Db2
This feature brings improved visibility for data source ingest management and metrics with data source size information logs. The source volume sizes can now be viewed through engine APIs and easily integrate with automation scripts.
Environment variables in hooks
This feature allows users to customize data deployments with hook scripts using environment variables, defined by plugin connectors in DLPX_DATA_DIRECTORY. Automated hook scripts can be executed during pre and post-deployment.
Elastic Data engines on Microsoft Azure
You can now use Azure Blob object storage in place of block storage to reduce operational costs. Cache only necessary data to engines in order to maintain consistent VDB performance. Allows for elastic expansion of your storage footprint as-you-go in the cloud. Quickly deploy data to engines across regions, combining these tools to achieve potential cost savings of 25%-80% depending on use and workloads.
Elastic Data engines cache resize
This feature allows your Elastic Data engine cache to meet changing cost-performance demands on-the-fly by fine-tuning cache ratios for data ingestion and distribution use cases. Adapt to different workloads, saving costs during idle situations and delivering high performance during heavy workloads.
Continuous Vault: additional security controls
New security controls are introduced for Ransomware Protection when using Delphix Continuous Vault. Alert Profiles, dSources, and LogSync profiles can now be locked on Continuous Data Source Engines. Delphix Continuous Ransomware Protection Solution provides Continuous Data Protection, Recovery, Detection, and Compliance.
Non-admin user password reset
Non-admin users will be able to request a password reset if an email is associated with the account. The password reset will continue to be controlled through LDAP/SSO for users on IdP platforms. Self-service password reset is available both within the UI and CLI.
Zero trust update for SAP HANA connector
A “least-privileged” OS user can now be used to run virtualization operations on a Delphix target host. Aligning with Zero Trust initiatives, Delphix no longer requires a high-level OS user for virtualization.
Increased mount security
This change brings improved security controls that limit connections to Delphix Engines only from a defined host list. NFS mount checks will now run on ephemeral mount points matched to specific host UIDs. Mount checks are used to verify that the Continuous Data Engine is mountable before running virtualization operations.
iSCSI parameter warnings
New warning to ensure iSCSI parameters on Windows Targets are optimized for Delphix Engines. The check runs for Target environments during Add, Refresh, and Enable operations.
Database port customization for EBS plugin
This feature supports the provisioning of VDBs in EBS dbTechStack & AppsTier plugins to run on a customized port. You can now provision database binaries(ORACLE_HOME) cloning and listener process to run on a custom DB port and Application tier to connect to that port.
Oracle MT TDE for system tablespaces
The next release enables system tablespaces on Oracle Virtual Databases to be encrypted using transparent data encryption (TDE). Oracle system tables store database table information, index, sequences, and other objects. Encrypting system tables in non-prod environments enforce security controls and prevents database index and metadata tampering.
Staging push for Postgres
Staging push enables organizations to push data into Delphix without having to directly query production instances. With staging push, teams can use 3rd party solutions to recover data to staging instances that automatically sync to Continuous Data. This also enables logical replication workflows (common for PaaS sources) and the use of tools like pgbackrest.
Staging Push for IBM Db2 HADR
Staging push will be added in the next release for IBM Db2 in a High Availability Disaster Recovery (HADR) configuration. This gives teams an alternative way to sync data into the Continous Data.
Cache analysis for Elastic Data engines
We plan to add a UI for teams to better understand the effectiveness of allotted Delphix Elastic Data engine cache size. This enables users to optimize DCE cache sizes to meet required cost-performance levels for VDBs.
Storage device removal UI
The team will be able to remove disks on engines backed by block storage through the UI in addition to the CLI in 6.0.15.
Zero trust for Postgres
6.0.15 supports custom “least privilege” OS user roles to be assigned to the “Delphix_OS” user to perform virtualization operations from Postgres sources.
TDE source database support for EBS plugin
6.0.15 supports TDE source databases for the EBS plugin.
Oracle 19c on RHEL 8.6 (22.214.171.124+)
Oracle 21c on RHEL 8.6 (126.96.36.199+)
AppData on RHEL 8.6 (188.8.131.52+)
The Delphix DevOps data platform will feature some product name changes to better align with our offered solutions:
Continuous Data (Virtualization)
Continuous Compliance (Masking)
Continuous Vault (Data vault)
Single engine Continuous Vault
The Single Engine Continuous Vault provides effective protection against ransomware attacks in a standalone Delphix Engine. This option may be preferable for deployments where maintaining two separate engines is not architecturally necessary. See Delphix Continuous Vault for more information.
AWS Elastic Data engines
This offering will support the use of AWS S3 object storage in place of traditional block storage, making it easier and more efficient to store more data for longer with Delphix. For this release, only engines deployed on AWS are supported, with support for other infrastructures to come.
Microsoft SQL Server Virtual-to-Physical (V2P) improvements
With these new improvements, users can specify a separate drive for SQL Server transaction log files, since these often need to split across multiple locations due to size. This ensures that DB files rehydrate in the manner that is most efficient during initial V2P, which helps avoid unnecessary downtime; this works in tandem with our ransomware solution. An additional enhancement to improve transfer performance involves replacing XCopy with Robocopy multithreading capabilities.
Oracle MT TDE support for encrypted system tablespaces
Every Oracle database has a system tablespace that is always used to store system data, including information about database tables, indexes, sequences, and other objects. Oracle TDE can encrypt, in addition to the data itself, the system tablespace for maximum security. This feature allows Delphix to provision VDBs with TDE-enabled encrypted system tablespaces to maintain the overall database security in non-production environments.
Staging push for SAP HANA via CommVault
CommVault is the most popular backup application for SAP HANA. We have certified that the backup application can be used as expected by our customers with our new Staging Push capability.
Salesforce data protect and version performance improvements
The March release will allow the user to configure up to 30 parallel upload threads (a 10x increase), improving our restore performance to ensure a fast recovery. We've also added several improvements towards faster and leaner retries for any records that fail during restore, plus increased the efficiency and reuse of API calls while downloading data (leading to faster backups and better resource utilization).
Ingest and restore for PostgreSQL
This feature allows you to ingest logical backups (pg_dump/pg_restore) from PostgreSQL, which enables workflows for direct ingestion from PaaS data sources (AWS Aurora & RDS), deployment to IaaS-hosted targets, and selective ingestion of individual databases from multiple database instances of PostgreSQL.
Oracle 19c on RHEL 8.5 (184.108.40.206+)
Oracle 21c on RHEL 8.5 (220.127.116.11+)
AppData on RHEL 8.5 (18.104.22.168+)
New in this release
Support for AWS object storage
This release adds support for the use of AWS S3 object storage in place of traditional block storage. This release currently supports only those engines that are deployed on AWS.
Staging push for SQL Server
This release supports staging push for SQL Server. Staging push allows you to push data to Delphix if you have tools, configurations, or security concerns that do not work with the existing pull model. Staging push enables, for example, compatibility with data stored in backup systems and gives you control over the staging database. For more information, see Staging Push Implementation for SQL Server.
Support for TLS 1.3
This release provides support for TLS 1.3 for connections from the virtualization engine to the host and engine-to-engine communication.
Auto vPDB restart for single instance linked CDBs
This release supports the auto-restart feature for single-instance vPDBs in a linked CDB. The auto-restart feature allows the virtualization engine to detect and restart VDBs if the remote host has been restarted.
Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for Oracle Multitenant RAC (Oracle 12.2 and 21c)
The Oracle TDE feature encrypts the sensitive data (database tables and tablespaces) stored on the disk. This prevents misuse of the data if the disks or storage mediums are lost or stolen. The data is transparently decrypted for authorized users when they access the data. Our large enterprise customers leverage Oracle RAC configurations for their business-critical applications. This release adds support for Oracle 12.2 and 21c. For more information, see Provisioning a TDE-enabled vPDB to a Cluster Target.
FluentD is a popular open-source data logging layer for DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) teams to stream telemetry to their chosen monitoring solution to improve systems observability. Delphix already provides the ability to forward data events and performance metrics to Splunk. Delphix 6.0.13 enables additional Fluentd configurations to be developed and added to the engine. extending telemetry output to new tools like ELK, New Relic, and DataDog.
Db2 plugin version 4.1.3
This plugin release resolves some issues that are listed in the Db2 Release Notes.
EBS plugin version 3.0.3
This plugin release resolves some issues that are listed in the EBS Release Notes.
Microsoft Windows Server 2022
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) 12.2.11 in OCI
ESXi 7.0 U3c
New in this release
HANA staging push
The HANA 2.0 plugin introduces the Staging Push feature. This feature provides a new data ingestion mechanism that helps users to push data into the Delphix-provided mount point on their own. For more information, see Delphix Architecture for HANA.
Multiple device removal
You can now remove multiple storage devices at a time when engines are over-provisioned or when moving to new storage. This is done only after ensuring sufficient resources to support the removal.
Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for Oracle Multitenant RAC (Oracle 18c and 19c)
The Oracle TDE feature encrypts the sensitive data (database tables and tablespaces) stored on the disk. This prevents misuse of the data if the disks or storage mediums are lost or stolen. The data is transparently decrypted for authorized users when they access the data. Our large enterprise customers leverage Oracle RAC configurations for their business-critical applications. We have added support for provisioning a TDE-encrypted vPDB to a linked (Physical CDB) target RAC environment on Oracle 18c and 19c in this release. For more information, see Provisioning a TDE-enabled vPDB to a Cluster Target.
Oracle 21c on SLES 15 SP3 (22.214.171.124+)
Oracle 19c on SLES 15 SP3 (126.96.36.199+)
Oracle 21c on SLES 15 SP2 (188.8.131.52+)
Oracle 19c on SLES 15 SP2 (184.108.40.206+)
AppData on RHEL 8.4 (220.127.116.11+)
New in this release
OAuth2 API support
The Virtualization and Masking engine APIs are now accessible via OAuth2 tokens that improve Delphix's security offerings. For more information, see Configuring OAuth2 Authentication for API Access.
Oracle support for Exadata, Exadata Cloud, or Exadata Cloud-at-Customer (ExaCC) cluster
This release adds support for Exadata, Exadata Cloud, or Exadata Cloud-at-Customer (ExaCC) Cluster for Oracle databases. For more information, see Oracle Support Matrix.
Apply Hotfixes using the self-service UI
You can now apply hotfixes using the self-service upgrade UIs.
TDE for Oracle Multitenant - support for rekey
Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) provides the ability to create virtual pluggable databases with a new key (independent from the source database). This is to facilitate another layer of security - ensuring that different keys are used in the production and non-production systems. For more information, see Provisioning a TDE-enabled vPDB.
Modify DBID for non-multitenant Oracle VDBs after provisioning
You can now generate a new DBID after a VDB is provisioned and refreshed. For more information, see Generate a New DBID for Oracle VDBs. Support for multitenant databases is currently not available.
New wizard for creating replication profile
A new multi-step wizard is now available that replaces the previous in-place editing option to manage Replication Profiles. For more information, see Replication User Interface.
Oracle 21c on RHEL 8.4, RHEL 8.3, SLES 15 SP1 (18.104.22.168+)
Oracle 19c on RHEL 8.4 (22.214.171.124+)
Exadata Cloud-at-Customer(ExaCC)/Exadata support for Oracle 12.2 on OEL 7.8 and OEL 7.9
SQL Server-support for Azure storage backups
SQL native backups can now be read directly from Azure Cloud storage. For more information, see Restoring SQL Backups Stored in Azure Cloud Storage.
Support dSource upgrades from Non-MT to MT in Oracle
Once a dSource is converted to a multitenant PDB, you will be able to share its storage blocks with its non-multitenant predecessor. Delphix will only store the incremental changes to the database. For more information, see Prepare and Upgrade a Non-MT Oracle dSource to MT.
Oracle-provision to the latest Point-In-Time on RAC
Provision to the latest point-in-time is now supported.
Flexible ORACLE_HOME permissions configuration
Removed the need to set permissions of the "$ORACLE_HOME/dbs" subdirectory using STARTUP SPFILE syntax to simplify Oracle operations. For more information, see Requirements for Oracle Hosts and Databases.
Support for manually starting an Oracle VDB
An Oracle VDB can now be manually started. For more information, see Manually Starting a VDB.
Attach and detach Oracle CDB containers
Detaching, attaching, and linking of the Oracle CDB containers is now supported via CLI. For more information, see CLI Cookbook: Attaching, Detaching, or Linking a CDB.
Password vaults and remote hooks for UI
In the 126.96.36.199 release, we introduced the ability to use password vaults with hooks. This allows our customers to ensure a high level of security with all operations with external systems. This can now be configured via the user interface. For more information, see Passing Credentials Securely to Hook Operations.
NFSv4 is now enabled by default. For more information, see NFSv4 Configuration.
12-month support for upgrades and Forward Compatible Replication (FCR)
To better align with the Delphix support program, Engine upgrades, and FCR operations must be within versions no more than 12 months apart. For example, upgrading to version 188.8.131.52 will require the previous version to be at least 184.108.40.206. For more information, see Upgrade Matrix and Replication Overview.
HANA plugin port control
You can now keep the port numbers consistent throughout the HANA VDB life cycle so that the connections made to the VDBs are not disrupted during their life cycle. For more information, see Provisioning HANA VDBs: An Overview.
User-specified mount path For Db2 dSource
You can now specify a mount path of your choice to host the dSource dataset on the target host. For more information, see Linking a Db2 dSource.
Staging push automation for Db2 dSource
You can now use a set of scripts that can be used to automate the restore and roll forward operations on the dSource.
Delphix data vault - additions
In continuation to the Delphix data vault for ransomware protection released in 220.127.116.11, this release enables you to manage this feature from the Delphix Engine user interface and also lets you monitor the regular valid replication received. For more information, see Delphix Data Vault.
The TLS 1.3 support is added as an available secure connection option at the Engine Admin Console to be used between engines.
Phonehome data collection frequency
The default collection period for the Phonehome users is now changed to daily. For more information, see System Configurations - Enable Phone Home.
Password vaults for remote hooks
With this release, the hooks running on environments can now obtain credentials from the engine and its configured password vaults. These credentials can be used to perform custom authentication tasks in a secure manner. Currently, this feature is supported via the command line interface only. For more information, see Passing Credentials Securely to Hook Operations.
Delphix integrations (dxi) docker image
A new dockerized version of the dxi library is now available. For more information, see Docker Image.
Delphix data vault
The Delphix Data Vault for ransomware protection (accessible via CLI) enables organizations to recover access to their application data much faster than traditional backup solutions after malicious attacks. It relies on the new data vault Replication feature, which replicates critical business DB data stored on Delphix engines to a new target engine called Data Vault. Once securely stored on the Data Vault, the replicated DB data can be used to recover business applications upon a ransomware attack with very low RTO and RPO.
Dxi executable and support for encrypted credentials
We will be distributing the dxi CLI, a Delphix solution built to facilitate simpler and seamless integration of Delphix Platform Operations into existing workflows, such as Windows, macOS, and RHEL binaries. This will simplify adoption and remove the requirement on Python. Delphix has also added encryption for the login credentials.
Expansion of retention period on replicated objects
At present, when snapshots on the replication source engine are deleted (either due to retention policies or user action), the next replication job will delete those snapshots on the replication target engine. This improvement will allow you to extend the retention period of replicated objects on target engines while keeping the original retention at the source. Once the object in the target engine reaches its retention period, it will be flagged and deleted by the policy agent based on a daily schedule.
Db2 staging push
Delphix now supports Staging Push for non-DPF Db2 databases. The Staging Push architecture will allow organizations to bring their data to Delphix, with their own tools and standard processes. This facilitates the use of any backup tool, a major ongoing source of requests. This should dramatically increase the volume of data that can be easily managed by Delphix.
HANA plugin staged architecture
Delphix introduces a staging architecture for HANA virtualization. This will make it consistent with other virtualized data sources. This new architecture will build a foundation for future staging push capabilities, as Delphix has begun to introduce other platforms. These changes, together, will allow us to support more prospective organizations with various SAP-certified, 3rd-party backup applications for HANA. Delphix will continue to support the pull ingestion method with HANA native backups and logs.
ASE native encryption support
SAP ASE version 16.0 introduces the ability to fully encrypt databases and provides protection for all the data, indexes, and transaction logs in a database. This offers full database protection while allowing the user to query and manage the data as usual, as the encryption is transparent to existing functions. In response to customer demand, we have added a security enhancement to support encrypted ASE databases. This allows customers to maintain the ASE encryption that is active on their sources and propagate that through to their VDBs.
System tunable interface
A new web service API is introduced which allows you to set or receive the values of a system tunable via Delphix CLI. A Support engineer can now provide context via a Support case to modify these values.
Oracle customized full backups
There is a rarely-seen bug in Oracle that results in some blocks not being written to the datafiles during an Oracle SnapSync operation. When this happens, the datafiles can become incomplete and provisioning/refreshing from that snapshot might fail. We are providing a SnapSync option via CLI that you can customize to accept all datafiles during an Oracle SnapSync operation to prevent this error.
Simplified connection management for Oracle databases
This feature streamlines the way that Delphix communicates and interacts with Oracle databases by simplifying the connection management infrastructure. Prior to this release, connections were established to Oracle databases using two different methods (remote connections from the Delphix Engine and local connections from the Delphix toolkit) and communication was performed with Oracle databases using two different users (a Delphix OS user and a Delphix DB user). Starting with this release, all communication with Oracle databases will be performed locally on the Oracle host and all connections to Oracle databases will be established using OS authentication. Existing Oracle dSources and VDBs will continue to function with no user intervention required. This feature results in several key benefits for Oracle DB customers such as the elimination of the requirement for a Delphix DB user when linking, automated PDB discovery, elimination of Delphix interaction with any network listener, and many more.
Virtualization SDK support for password vaults
Building off of the existing CyberArk and Hashicorp support for Oracle, SQL Server, and SAP ASE database user credentials, Continuous Data will extend password vault coverage to the virtualization SDK (vSDK). This will enable data sources that are connected via a vSDK plugin to incorporate this more secure method of authentication.
SAP ASE device mapping improvements
The Continuous Data experience with SAP ASE heavily relies on and mirrors a database’s device allocation from the initial load (creating the dSource) to provision (creating VDBs). As these source device allocations shift over time, Delphix maps these changes and propagates them to their associated Delphix objects. However, dramatic device layout changes can negatively impact performance. This enhancement provides a quality-of-life (QoL) improvement to the overall SAP ASE experience by providing better error handling and escape valves should a dSource get into a bad state due to a major device layout shift.
Improved storage utilization for large pools
Up through the 6.0.6 release, Continuous Data has enforced a storage usage limit of 85%. Once met, this limit will cause certain API operations to be disabled to ensure engine data integrity. In the 6.0.7 release, this threshold is relaxed significantly. The new thresholds are as follows:
“Warning”: when 85% of the total storage quota is reached or 1536GB of free storage is remaining (whichever is less), which can be resolved/ignored, with no impact on system behavior.
“Critical”: when 90% of the total storage quota is reached or 1024GB of free storage is remaining(whichever is less), which cannot be resolved/ignored, with some impact on system behavior.
“Minimum”: when 95% of the total storage quota is reached or 512GB of free storage is remaining (whichever is less). In this case, a critical fault is raised and cannot be resolved/ignored, with a substantial impact on system behavior (stop policies, VDB operations, etc).
In addition to LSI Logic, with the 6.0.7 release, Delphix has added support for the VMware Paravirtual vSCSI controller (aka PVSCSI). While VMware designed PVSCSI to support very high throughput with minimal processing cost, the performance improvements on Delphix engines can vary from case to case. In 6.0.7, we also support manual changes from LSI Logic to PVSCSI for currently deployed engines.
Solaris x86 to Linux x86 Oracle DB provisioning
This feature allows the provisioning of Oracle Virtual Databases from Solaris x86 dSources to Linux x86 target environments.
TDE for Oracle Multitenant
Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) provides the ability to encrypt sensitive application data on storage. Delphix will now support TDE for Oracle 12cR2, 18c, and 19c multitenant. This release introduces support for single-instance linked container databases (CDBs) using software keystores. Virtual Container Database (vCDBs), RAC, and rekeying of the TDE encryption keys are not supported in this release.
Please note the following important restrictions for TDE for the Oracle Multitenant feature:
TDE-enabled vPDBs must be provisioned to a linked CDB, not a vCDB.
RAC dSources and target CDBs are not supported.
The Oracle version must be 12.2 or higher (12.1 is not supported).
System tables or tablespaces either in the PDB or CDB must not be encrypted.
Oracle Key Vault is not supported.
Hardware keystores are not supported.
Keystores must not be on ASM storage.
The dSource from which the initial provision is done must be encrypted when it is linked. Existing dSources cannot be encrypted without unlinking and creating a new dSource.
Encrypting an already-provisioned unencrypted vPDB (with clear data) which is managed by Delphix is not supported
Single to Multitenant VDBs
Oracle announced the end of support for non-multitenant databases in their 20c release, and as such, Oracle DB customers are planning their upgrade and migration programs. Delphix will now support provisioning a virtual pluggable database from a non-multitenant virtual database.
Added support for HashiCorp namespaces.
ASE 15.7/16 on RHEL 7.9
Oracle 12.1 on RHEL 7.9 and SLES 12 SP5
Oracle 12.2 on RHEL 7.9 and SLES 12 SP5
Oracle 19c on RHEL 7.9 and SLES 12 SP5
ESXi 7.0 U1
Support has been added for Oracle and ASE on AIX.
Expanded Replication: Replication of non-data objects
Our customers are increasingly using replication to facilitate moves of data across network boundaries, to the cloud, and for DR purposes. We've had long-standing requests to replicate more than just the data, and in this release, we will support the replication of users, roles, permissions, policies, and configuration templates.
Upgraded Windows Connector:
The Windows Connector will now support newer versions of Microsoft’s .NET framework (4.x), which encompasses myriad higher security standards, new functionality, etc. Previously, the connector relied on .NET 3.5 due to two dependencies: SQL Server and Powershell, both have since been removed with SQL Server 2016+ and Powershell update in 18.104.22.168.
Db2 Extensible Ingestion:
We will now support an extensible model for ingesting Db2 data. In this new, additive, model, we will support customers manually performing a restore & roll forward of their staging database to Delphix from native backups or arbitrary third-party backup tools which integrate directly with Db2. This will allow customers to bring data from whatever system or backup they have and restore it to an exact point in time, as needed.
ASE 16.0 on RHEL8.1 and RHEL8.2 on 6.0.4+
ASE 16.0 on SLES12.4 on 6.0.4+
Oracle 19.7 on RH7.8 and RH8.0 on 5.3.9+ and 6.0.3+
NFS v4 support on AIX
IBM Cloud Catalog. Delphix is now available in the IBM Cloud Catalog, a private marketplace for trusted IBM Technology partners that is offered to large IBM enterprise customers. In 6.0.5 we will start with a few certified instances for virtualization and masking and will grow our presence as more the business justifies the cost and efforts. Specifically, we support the following instances:
Oracle Cloud: The following are newly supported instance types:
HashiCorp and expanded CyberArk support:
Delphix has extended both CyberArk and HashiCorp Vault support to Oracle Database Users in addition to previously supported ASE and MSSQL domain users. GUI support for HashiCorp Vault has been added during setup to authenticate host users and database users.
The HashiCorp namespace Enterprise feature is supported starting 22.214.171.124.
Support has been added for SuSE and Db2 on AIX.
NFSv4 support for Db2 on AIX and SuSE
SQL Server Instances with a Managed Service Account
CyberArk and Hashicorp vault support for virtualization:
Delphix is introducing password vault support to authenticate environment and database linking and will support both CyberArk with Oracle and Hashicorp with CLI only.
Understanding where and how storage is used on Virtualization Engines can be a challenge, in particular, understanding how and where space is held and how to recover it. In this release, Delphix provides better details of held space, particularly around locked objects, and provides clear instructions about what steps are required to free up space.
Additional performance health-check analytics in phone-home have been added to better troubleshoot and understand customer problems.
Delphix is reducing our requirements for Windows hosts running PowerShell by allowing you to use any PowerShell version from 2.0 to 5.1. Delphix will now use the default available PowerShell version on each host. When specifying hooks (such as “configureClone”), users may specify whether to use 2.0 or whatever PowerShell version is installed on the host.
Support for Oracle read-only homes:
Delphix is introducing support for Oracle read-only homes, which is a new Oracle feature starting with Oracle 18c. In a read-only Oracle home, all the configuration data and log files reside outside of the read-only Oracle home. This feature allows you to use the read-only Oracle home as a software image that can be distributed across multiple servers.
Delphix will continue to improve replication performance for replication specifications that include multiple objects and single-object replication throughput.
SAP ASE support for VDB upgrade:
SAP ASE Customers will now be able to validate DBMS Upgrades with this feature that enables provisioning VDBs to a higher version than the source DB (e.g. ASE 15.7 > ASE 16).
Shared NFS for toolkits
With this release, Delphix introduces shared NFS for clustered environments. Customers wish to use a common NFS mount point, in which the Delphix toolkit for each cluster node can be deployed. The product today only creates a directory with appliance UUID and OS user in the folder name and uses this for detection to determine if a host is already managed by that Engine. As such, this prevents the customer from utilizing common NFS storage due to name conflict.
When a new environment is created, upgraded or if the toolkit path is changed, a new toolkit is created with naming convention Delphix_COMMON_ for common directory and Delphix_ for user directory.
With this change, the customer can use mounts on shared file systems (like NFS) as a toolkit path for clustered environments without any naming conflict.This change is not intended for windows environments.
EBS 12.2 with RHEL 7.6
PostgreSQL 12.1 & 12.2 with RHEL 7.8
Oracle 11g R2 and Oracle 19c with RHEL 7.8 on 126.96.36.199 and 6.0.2+
Support for Db2 Database Partition Feature (DPF):
Delphix has long supported distributed Db2 (running on Unix/Linux Systems). However, Db2 supports partitioned databases as a means of scaling to larger, more complex systems. With this release, Delphix will now support Db2 DPF allowing you to scale to an increasing number of your Db2 databases.
Windows authentication for SQL Server:
You will now be able to use Windows Authentication to link SQL Server databases. Rather than providing both a database user and a Windows user to ingest data, you can leverage one set of credentials (a Windows OS user) to perform all source operations. This capability will simplify SQL Server deployments and reduce Delphix’s security requirements on source databases.
Smart Failover allows the Delphix Administrator to simplify failover processes by automating object conflict resolution. By selecting a new option “Automate Object Conflict Resolution” before the failover process starts, the failover process will rename all conflicting objects and show a report of all object changes at the end.
NFSv4 support: In 6.0.2 Delphix will start providing NFSv4 for data sources running on RedHat 7.0 or later. NFSv4 can be enabled using the CLI. Support for additional host OS versions will be added in subsequent releases. Delphix will consider enabling NFSv4 by default for those supported configurations in a future release.
Support bundles not required for upgrade: When upgrading from 6.0.0 or greater to a release 6.0.2 or greater, we no longer require support bundles to be sent to Delphix. This allows you to execute more self-service upgrades.
ASE 16.0 on AIX 7.1
AWS r5n Instance Support: r5n.2xlarge, r5n.8xlarge, r5n.16xlarge
Azure E Series Instance Support: E8s_v3, E16s_v3, E32s_v3
Masking support of Oracle 19c.
Masking extended connectors: A very common request for masking has been to support additional data sources, outside of the currently supported list. Thus, the next step in the strategy is the release of Masking Extended Connectors, which will allow our customers to add JDBC drivers to the masking engine to facilitate the masking of additional data sources. This will allow masking to be used for other common databases that can be accessed via JDBC, like SAP HANA, Informix, etc.
SQL server CDC support: We have expanded our support for SQL Server databases using Change Data Capture (CDC), a SQL Server feature that captures all the change information that is applied to the databases and stores it in change tables. Now, users will have the ability to preserve CDC data and enable CDC for SQL Server VDBs.
ASE 16 and 15.7 with Solaris SPARC 11U3 and SPARC 11U4
ASE 16 and 15.7 with RHEL 7.7
SQL Server 2019 Support with Windows 2016 and Windows 2019
Oracle 19c with SUSE SLES 15 SP1
Oracle 19c with Solaris 11 U4 and U3 x86
Hypervisors: The following hypervisors have been certified in 6.0.1.
VMware ESX 6.5 U1, U2, U3
VMware ESX 6.7 U3
Google cloud support: Delphix now supports running in Google Cloud Platform for existing supported databases.
Enhanced Networking Adapter (ENA) support: Delphix supports networking on AWS instances with the Elastic Network Adapter (ENA). This offers our customers enhanced networking capabilities and more economical options. Notably, this includes the AWS R4 instance types.
Masking NFS/CIFS mount: Our customers increasingly are masking files alongside their databases. The masking engine has classically supported this via FTP/SFTP but now to make things easier Delphix has introduced the ability to directly mount and mask a file system - over NFS and CIFS. This should dramatically simplify the process of file masking.
Oracle quality: Continued focus on Oracle quality and have introduced several quality improvements with our 6.0 release.
Masking API updates: 6.0 introduces a significant number of new endpoints, including mainframe control, as well as updates for existing endpoints. This release also introduces versioning for the masking API, allowing our customers to upgrade without risk of breaking their integrations.
AdoptOpenJDK 8 for the Delphix toolkit: Delphix has changed the Java Development Kit (JDK) that is included with the toolkit, and is sent to all Delphix connected environments. Customers who require using Oracle Java may continue to do so with the feature to provide their own Java, which shipped in 5.3.5.
Removed instance check: When running in AWS or Azure, the product will no longer raise a fault when it detects that it is running on an unsupported instance. This enables Delphix to certify previously released software on new instances without having to modify the software.
The product will still detect what instance it is running on and include this information in the user interface and phone home bundles. We will also continue to publish a matrix of supported instances for Azure, AWS, and GCP in the product documentation. Delphix provides no guarantee of performance or support for unsupported instance types.
Upgrade process: The upgrade to 6.0 will be an in-place upgrade like other Delphix releases, there are a few changes that will improve the process overall for 6.0:
We will require an upgrade to an interim release first (either 5.3.6). This can be done at the same time as the customer upgrades to 6.0 or in the months prior.
We will be introducing new upgrade checks to ensure that customers are not using features that have been removed. For a list of removed features see Deprecated and End-of-Life Features.
We will provide an upgrade image specific for each platform we support with Virtualization (VMWare, AWS, Azure, GCP). This will allow us to be more precise in customizing the images for each.