Mark Van de Wiel

Who would have thought at the beginning of 2020 that most of the world would be on lockdown for months? As of July, many of us haven’t returned to what used to be normal, and in all likelihood, the new normal will be quite different.

The adoption of cloud technologies has accelerated. With that, the HVR 5.7 Multi-Cloud release is timely. Almost every new HVR release introduces support for new platforms, and HVR 5.7 is no different. HVR 5.7 introduces enhancements for the Snowflake cloud data platform, as well as support for more Azure and Google Cloud (GCP) technologies. Version 5.7 also updates HVR’s support for existing platforms and includes numerous new features. The highlights of the 5.7 release are listed below. The full list of features is in the release notes of the product.

Encryption of Data at Rest
In addition to AES256 encryption on the wire that has been available for years, HVR 5.7 can be configured to encrypt any data that may get stored as part of HVR’s processing using this industry-standard encryption algorithm.

A wallet will store the secrets, and it must be opened to allow decryption, with support for auto-open wallets (discouraged for a local wallet), using password-protection, and through the use of a plugin resulting in an open wallet. Sensitive PII and PHI data remain encrypted from the point of capture until and including when the data lands on any supported target destination.

With the introduction of encryption at rest, HVR provides end-to-end encryption for data throughout the data replication pipeline. HVR customers will now find it easier to comply with CCPA, GDPR, HIPAA, and other financial services privacy regulations. Our Security Best Practices whitepaper has been updated to reflect the latest recommendations.

Snowflake Enhancements
HVR-icon-SnowflakeThe Snowflake cloud data platform has been one of the most popular destinations for HVR replication this past year. HVR 5.7 introduces support for Snowflake’s internal staging area to simplify the adoption of Snowflake on any one of the supported clouds – i.e., AWS, Azure, and GCP. Explicit use of external staging using S3 on AWS, Blob Storage on Azure, and Google Cloud Storage (GCS) on GCP continue to be supported.

GCP Technology Support
HVR-icon-google-cloudHVR’s customer base is attracted to some of the most popular public cloud providers. Many adopt Amazon Web Services (AWS) since they were first to market. Azure grew in popularity later and has been catching up with AWS. More recently, there is a lot of interest in the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

In addition to Google BigQuery that was already supported, version 5.7 introduces support for Cloud SQL – MySQL as source and target for data replication, and Cloud SQL – PostgreSQL as target only. Google Cloud Storage is supported as a native platform for data lakes, and all HVR supported file formats, including Parquet, Avro, JSON, delimited, and XML. Of course, the use of any supported technology running on a Google Compute Engine is also supported.

Updated Platforms
Icon-CloudHVR 5.7 enables even greater capabilities for customers to choose and adopt various cloud technologies from their on-premise systems.

Oracle 19c is now supported as a source and target for log-based CDC, and it is a very popular platform. From the moment we introduced support for log-based CDC on Oracle 19c for early adopters, we have seen dozens of customers implement HVR on top of this database version, in some cases already running production workloads.

Another popular target for HVR data replication is Kafka. HVR 5.7 introduces several small improvements, including support for the Cloudera schema registry, optionally using SSL, and additional compression options, including LZ4, gzip, and Snappy.

Other new platforms include SQL Server 2019 as source and target, PostgreSQL 11 and 12, MariaDB 10.4, the latest DB2 for iSeries versions, DB2 z/OS 12, and more.

HVR 5.7 is the first HVR release that is delivered by an entirely remote team. To learn more about HVR 5.7, check out the resources on our site.

About Mark

Mark Van de Wiel is the CTO for HVR. He has a strong background in data replication as well as real-time Business Intelligence and analytics.

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