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The Sybase IQ ODBC Driver is a powerful tool that allows you to connect with live data from Sybase IQ, directly from any applications that support ODBC connectivity.

Access Sybase IQ data like you would a database - read, write, and update Sybase IQ Tables, etc. through a standard ODBC Driver interface.

Connect to Sybase IQ as an External Data Source using PolyBase

Use the CData ODBC Driver for Sybase IQ and PolyBase to create an external data source in SQL Server 2019 with access to live Sybase IQ data.

PolyBase for SQL Server allows you to query external data by using the same Transact-SQL syntax used to query a database table. When paired with the CData ODBC Driver for Sybase IQ, you get access to your Sybase IQ data directly alongside your SQL Server data. This article describes creating an external data source and external tables to grant access to live Sybase IQ data using T-SQL queries.

NOTE: PolyBase is only available on SQL Server 19 and above, and only for Standard SQL Server.

The CData ODBC drivers offer unmatched performance for interacting with live Sybase IQ data using PolyBase due to optimized data processing built into the driver. When you issue complex SQL queries from SQL Server to Sybase IQ, the driver pushes down supported SQL operations, like filters and aggregations, directly to Sybase IQ and utilizes the embedded SQL engine to process unsupported operations (often SQL functions and JOIN operations) client-side. And with PolyBase, you can also join SQL Server data with Sybase IQ data, using a single query to pull data from distributed sources.

Connect to Sybase IQ

If you have not already, first specify connection properties in an ODBC DSN (data source name). This is the last step of the driver installation. You can use the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator to create and configure ODBC DSNs. To create an external data source in SQL Server using PolyBase, configure a System DSN (CData Sybase IQ Sys is created automatically).

To connect to SybaseIQ, set User, Password, Server and Database properties. To secure connections with TLS/SSL, set UseSSL to TRUE.

Click "Test Connection" to ensure that the DSN is connected to Sybase IQ properly. Navigate to the Tables tab to review the table definitions for Sybase IQ.

Create an External Data Source for Sybase IQ Data

After configuring the connection, you need to create a master encryption key and a credential database for the external data source.

Creating a Master Encryption Key

Execute the following SQL command to create a new master key, 'ENCRYPTION,' to encrypt the credentials for the external data source.


Creating a Credential Database

Execute the following SQL command to create credentials for the external data source connected to Sybase IQ data.

NOTE: IDENTITY and SECRET correspond with the User and Password properties for Sybase IQ.

WITH IDENTITY = 'sybaseiq_username', SECRET = 'sybaseiq_password';

Create an External Data Source for Sybase IQ

Execute a CREATE EXTERNAL DATA SOURCE SQL command to create an external data source for Sybase IQ with PolyBase:

  • Set the LOCATION parameter , using the DSN and credentials configured earlier.

PUSHDOWN is set to ON by default, meaning the ODBC Driver can leverage server-side processing for complex queries.

CREATE EXTERNAL DATA SOURCE cdata_sybaseiq_source
  CREDENTIAL = sybaseiq_creds

Create External Tables for Sybase IQ

After creating the external data source, use CREATE EXTERNAL TABLE statements to link to Sybase IQ data from your SQL Server instance. The table column definitions must match those exposed by the CData ODBC Driver for Sybase IQ. You can refer to the Tables tab of the DSN Configuration Wizard to see the table definition.

Sample CREATE TABLE Statement

The statement to create an external table based on a Sybase IQ Products would look similar to the following:

  ProductName [nvarchar](255) NULL,
  Price [nvarchar](255) NULL,
) WITH ( 

Having created external tables for Sybase IQ in your SQL Server instance, you are now able to query local and remote data simultaneously. Thanks to built-in query processing in the CData ODBC Driver, you know that as much query processing as possible is being pushed to Sybase IQ, freeing up local resources and computing power. Download a free, 30-day trial of the ODBC Driver for Sybase IQ and start working with live Sybase IQ data alongside your SQL Server data today.