This Week in Databend #117

PsiACEOct 29, 2023

Databend is a modern cloud data warehouse, serving your massive-scale analytics needs at low cost and complexity. Open source alternative to Snowflake. Also available in the cloud: .

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Maintaining extensive resources for just a few large-scale queries can lead to high maintenance costs for enterprises. How about we combine local and cloud workloads, harness Databend Cloud's instant scaling computing capabilities, all while avoiding the additional storage costs associated with cloud usage?

Databend recently introduced the READ_ONLY argument to

**, allowing users with locally deployed Databend to share table data with Databend Cloud in read-only mode:

  • All table data is shared in read-only mode.
  • Changes made to a table, including data and schema changes, will be performed and tracked on the user's local platform.
ATTACH TABLE <target_table_name> '<source-table-data-URI>' CONNECTION=(<connection_parameters>) READ_ONLY

Adding the

parameter to the
statement will map the table data and schema using the latest snapshot hint file stored at the specified source table data URI, and the target table can only be accessed in a read-only manner.

Please contact the Databend team if you would like to learn more, or check out the resources below:

Code Corner

Discover some fascinating code snippets or projects that showcase our work or learning journey.

Replacing Jaeger Agent with OpenTelemetry Collector

Jaeger is an open source, end-to-end distributed tracing tool originating from Uber that helps monitor and troubleshoot microservices-based applications.

Due to port changes in the latest Jaeger All-in-One Docker image, the original distributed tracing capabilities became unavailable. Upstream is also considering deprecating opentelemetry-jaeger and encouraging users to migrate to opentelemetry-otlp, see Consider deprecating opentelemetry-jaeger #995.

We refactored the original trace export mechanism using

while fixing the availability of distributed tracing capabilities. The corresponding environment variable also changes to


If you are interested in learning more, please check out the resources below:


We have also made these improvements to Databend that we hope you will find helpful:

What's Up Next

We're always open to cutting-edge technologies and innovative ideas. You're more than welcome to join the community and bring them to Databend.

Support for Defining CONNECTION

To more elegantly handle the mapping between role access control models in compute cluster instances and storage services, Databend plans to provide the ability to define and manage


CONNECTION can hold identity credentials and access management (IAM) entities generated by external storage services, providing convenient and consistent access control experiences. Introducing CONNECTION can also simplify complex statements that includes a connection to object storages, such as creating an external stage, etc.

ENDPOINT_URL = 'http://localhost:9000',

Issue #13489 | feat: CREATE CONNECTION

Please let us know if you're interested in contributing to this feature, or pick up a good first issue at to get started.


You can check the changelog of Databend Nightly for details about our latest developments.

Full Changelog:

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