Gluent Focuses on Security and Partitioning with 4.2 Release

With minor release 4.2, Gluent continues to put security at the heart of its operation. With this technical release, Gluent delivers new features that continue its track record of increasing product flexibility with each new generation. Release 4.2 adds new security options, extended support for both frontend and backend partition schemes and additional Google BigQuery features, together with a range of general product improvements. 

Already part of the Gluent community? We released our online documentation for Gluent Data Platform 4.2 linked below. It includes everything from user guides to technical release notes. Check it out if you are interested in more in-depth information regarding Gluent Data Platform and the 4.2 release specifically (we recommend starting off with the Concepts guides).


This release sees a major upgrade to the core Python and dependent software used by Gluent Offload Engine, to provide access to the latest features and security options. Additionally, support has been extended for Oracle Wallet, which can now be used for all Gluent Offload Engine and Gluent Query Engine interactions with Oracle Database, removing the need to set any basic user/pass connection credentials. Users of Google BigQuery can also take advantage of support for Customer Managed Encryption Keys.


Release 4.2 extends support for both frontend (RDBMS) partitioning schemes and backend (Data Model Virtualization) partitioning schemes. All offloading schemes now work with Oracle tables that are range partitioned by VARCHAR2. For backend partitioning, this release introduces extensible synthetic partitioning with the Partition Functions feature. This feature gives users the ability to define their own custom synthetic partitioning scheme when offloading data that would otherwise not be suitable for backend partitioning (such as strings or very large numeric data). This creates a wide range of Data Model Virtualization capabilities that Gluent Data Platform provides to decouple the frontend and backend platforms and exploit their individual strengths.

Google BigQuery

Support for Google BigQuery was introduced in 4.0, and Gluent Data Platform has continued to track new features to allow customers to get the best out of the platform. The 4.2 release introduces support for the BIGNUMERIC data type ― both generally and as a source for synthetic partitioning ― and clustering improvements. Support has also been added for Customer Managed Encryption Keys to provide more security options when connecting Gluent Data Platform to their Google Cloud Platform environments.

General Product Enhancements

With every release, Gluent continues to add a number of product improvements to Gluent Data Platform for increased functionality, flexibility, security and performance. In addition to those described above, the 4.2 release of Gluent Data Platform supports longer Oracle Database identifiers ― please note that the limit was increased from 30 to 128 characters in Oracle Database 12c Release 2. Furthermore, Connect has a number of added and improved installation and configuration checks to ensure that the operation of Gluent Data Platform is a simple and seamless experience.

About Gluent Data Platform

Gluent Data Platform keeps enterprise RDBMSs relevant in the new hybrid world and provides a data virtualization layer between traditional databases, cloud storage and modern analytics platforms that accelerate time to insight and eliminates data duplication and sprawl. Gluent allows customers to preserve their investments in their RDBMS platforms while leveraging the power, scalability, and elasticity of private and public clouds. 

Enabling true data virtualization has been a cornerstone of Gluent software from the beginning. Our product allows companies the opportunity to reduce their overall investment while expanding the ability of the existing applications. If you are interested in learning more about how Gluent Data Platform can help virtualize your enterprise data, contact us at, or if you are feeling adventurous, please find all the details in our full set of documentation!

An opportunity to work with your team on a pilot based upon your data components will solidify what the Gluent product line can do for your existing infrastructure.

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