New Features of Virtual DataPort 8.0 GA¶
This section lists the new features of Virtual DataPort 8.0 GA (with no updates).
To read about the new features of the latest update, go to What Is New in Denodo 8.0 Update 8.0u20230301.
Virtual DataPort has a new web interface for administrators and SQL developers: the Design Studio.
The Design Studio is aimed at developers that create data sources, base views, derived views, publish web services, etc. Its layout is similar to the Administration Tool.
Developers can use the Design Studio or keep using the Administration Tool. All data sources, views, web services… created or modified from the Design Studio can be opened and modified from the Administration Tool and vice versa.
As of Aug 10, 2023, the plan is to actively maintain the Administration Tool during, at least, the full life of version 8.0.
In the documentation, when there is an explanation of how to do a task with Design Studio, usually you will be able to do the same using the Administration Tool.
The Solution Manager includes the Design Studio as well. You do not have to start it, it starts up automatically when starting the Solution Manager Administration Tool. The installation of the Denodo Platform also includes the Design Studio.
We recommend using the Design Studio of the Solution Manager because the Solution Manager provides a single point of access to all the Denodo components, not just the Design Studio. In addition, users will be able to use more Single Sign On protocols like OAuth or SAML, not just Kerberos, to log in to Design Studio.
Once you set up the environments in Solution Manager, when you log in, you will find the link to open Design Studio on the My applications page. In addition, you can also access it directly with the URL “https://denodo-solution-manager.acme.com:19443/denodo-design-studio/”.
To access the Design Studio of the Denodo Platform - instead of the Design Studio of the Solution Manager, go to “https://denodo-server.acme.com:9443/denodo-design-studio/#/web-local-login”.
Storing the Catalog on an External Database¶
The catalog of Virtual DataPort consists of its settings and the metadata created by users: data sources, views, web services, users, roles, etc. By default, the catalog uses the Apache Derby database that is embedded in Virtual DataPort.
You can now configure the catalog to use an external database instead of the embedded one.
See more about this in the section Storing the Metadata on an External Database of the Administration Guide.
Graphical Support to Upload Drivers and Other Libraries¶
With Denodo 8.0, you no longer have to log in to the computer in which Virtual DataPort runs to copy the JDBC drivers of the source databases, the SAP Java Connector (JCo), the Essbase libraries, etc. The Administration Tool and Design Studio now provide support to upload these files to the Virtual DataPort server.
To do this, open the wizard of the menu File > Extensions management.
In Denodo 8.0, do not copy a driver or other library to the installation; instead, upload it from this dialog. That way, the library will be copied to the appropriate directory and if Virtual DataPort is configured to store the catalog on an external database, all the servers sharing the same database will have access to this library.
See more about this in the section Importing Extensions of the Administration Guide.
Graphical Support to Upload Kerberos Files¶
With Denodo 8.0, you no longer have to log in to the computer in which Virtual DataPort runs to copy the Kerberos configuration files (the keytab file and the krb5 file). Instead, in the wizard to configure Kerberos, you select these files on your computer, and the Administration Tool and Design Studio upload them to the computer in which Virtual DataPort runs.
Connections Only Use One Port¶
The JDBC driver, the administration tool and the new Design Studio now use a single port to communicate with Virtual DataPort (by default, 9999). In previous versions, the communication requires two ports (9999 and 9997). This change simplifies the configuration of firewalls.
For JMX connections, you do need to open two ports in the firewall as in previous versions. These ports have changed. By default, the application establishes the connection with the port 9997 and the port 9995 is the auxiliary port. The following applications of the Denodo Platform connect to these two ports:
Denodo Diagnostic & Monitoring Tool
The monitoring feature of Solution Manager.
There are no changes regarding ODBC connectivity.
Managing Configuration Properties¶
You can now read the value of configuration properties of Virtual DataPort (“<DENODO_HOME>/conf/vdp/VDBConfiguration.properties”) and the embedded web container (“<DENODO_HOME>/resources/apache-tomcat/conf/tomcat.properties”) using the new stored procedure GET_PARAMETER. This is more convenient that connecting to the computer to obtain the value of a parameter.
You can now rename data sources, JMS listeners and web services (SOAP and REST). To do this, on the Server Explorer of the Administration Tool or the Design Studio, right-click the element and click Rename. You already could rename views in previous version.
Smart Query Acceleration: “Summary Views”¶
In analytical environments, most queries involve combining one or more facts tables with one or more dimensions and then, calculate an aggregation.
For these scenarios, Denodo 8 includes smart query acceleration techniques using a new type of view called Summary. Summaries store common intermediate results that the query optimizer can then use as an starting point to accelerate analytical queries.
See more about this in the section Smart Query Acceleration Using Summaries of the Administration Guide.
Hadoop Distribution is Not Required for Bulk Data Load¶
In previous versions, to enable Bulk Data Load on some data sources, you need to download the Hadoop distribution.
In this new version, Virtual DataPort includes the necessary libraries to perform bulk data load to HDFS-based databases so you do not need to download anything. This benefits the data sources for these databases:
This makes enabling bulk data load simpler, particularly on Windows where the Hadoop distribution requires the file
Consider this when upgrading from a previous version to Denodo 8.0:
The data sources for these databases imported from a previous version will work without having to modify their configuration, provided the Hadoop distribution is located in the same path.
In the previous versions, you had to indicate the Hadoop executable location.
The Administration Tool no longer shows the option Hadoop executable location for new data sources.
To maintain backward compatibility, the Administration Tool still shows the option Hadoop executable location for data sources that were created with this option (in the VQL statement, that is the parameter
Authentication and Security¶
Global LDAP Authentication¶
You can now set a global LDAP configuration, for the entire server, instead of having it to define on just one database. If you enable this, client applications can connect to any database and the credentials will be validated using the same LDAP configuration regardless of the database the application is connecting to.
In previous versions, you either had to configure LDAP authentication in all databases or instruct the client applications to establish the connection with a particular database.
In the Administration Tool, this configuration is located on the dialog Server configuration, tab Server authentication. The section LDAP Authentication of the Administration Guide explains how to enable this.
In addition, you can reuse this “global LDAP configuration” for Kerberos and SAML 2.0 instead of having to provide the same LDAP settings. This simplifies the configuration since most of the time, Virtual DataPort is configured to obtain the roles of the users from the same system (e.g. Active Directory) regardless of the authentication method.
Apply Changes to OAuth 2.0, SAML 2.0 and Kerberos Settings Without Restarting¶
You no longer need to restart Virtual DataPort in these situations:
When enabling or disabling OAuth 2.0 authentication or changing any of its settings. In previous versions, you have to restart when enabling/disabling this. In previous versions, you already can change the OAuth settings without having to restart.
When enabling or disabling SAML 2.0 authentication or changing any of its settings. In previous versions, you have to restart. In previous versions, you already can change the OAuth settings without having to restart.
When enabling or disabling Kerberos authentication or changing any of its settings. For example, you can change the keytab or selecting/clearing the check box Avoid domain name for authentication and you do not need to restart.
Propagations of Column Privileges, Row Restrictions and Custom Policies¶
In the previous version of Denodo (7.0), by default, the Execution Engine only applies the column privileges, row restrictions and custom policies granted over a view to a user/role, when this view is directly referenced from the statement. You can configure Denodo 7.0 so the Execution Engine always enforces the column/row restrictions and custom policies regardless of if the view is directly involved in the query or not. See more about this in the documentation of 7.0 about this topic.
In Denodo 8.0, the Execution Engine always enforces the column/row restrictions and custom policies regardless of if the view is directly involved in the query or not.
Denodo Stored Procedures¶
Procedure Create Remote Table Provides More Information¶
The stored procedure “CREATE_REMOTE_TABLE” now provides more information about each step it performs. In version 7.0, it returns three rows with one column, with the status of each step. Now, it provides additional information for each step.
See more about this in the section CREATE_REMOTE_TABLE of the VQL Guide.
Easier Access to OData and GraphQL Services¶
The context menu of the Server Explorer of the Administration Tool has two new options: Open OData service and Open GraphQL service. This makes it easier to access these services.
Warning When Deleting the Implementation of an Interface View¶
When you delete a view, the administration tool lists the views that depend on the one you are deleting, so you confirm that you want to delete all these views.
Now, this dialog also warns about interface views that will be invalid due once its implementation view is deleted.
See more about this in the section Views Affected by Modifications of the Administration Guide.
Database Is Optional in the Server URI¶
When connecting to Virtual DataPort from the Administration Tool or the Design Studio, the database is optional in the URI (e.g. “//denodo-server.acme.com:9999”). When you do not specify the database, you will connect to the first database over which you have the privilege CONNECT.
In previous versions, you always have to provide the database.
This does not apply to JDBC connections nor other types of connections.
New Denodo GraphQL Service¶
Denodo now provides a GraphQL service. GraphQL is a data query language, and a runtime for executing those queries against your data. Its main features are:
It gives clients the power to ask for exactly what they need.
It gets many resources in a single request, reducing the number of API requests.
See more about this in the section Denodo GraphQL Service of the Administration Guide.
This new service complements the existing offering of an OData4 service and the RESTful web service.