Delphix creates on-demand copies of production databases in 1/100th the space and 1/100th the time required for traditional database copies. Without Delphix, the typical enterprise database (e.g. the transactions database under an e-commerce webapp) is copied anywhere from eight to ten times for development, testing, certification, reporting, and other purposes. Each of these copies fully duplicates the storage, bogs down networks during transfer, and causes delays while developers and ultimately users wait. When these copies are refreshed, the process repeats completely. If a copy needs to be restored to an earlier state, the data must be recovered from backup (frequently tape) and reconfigured, often taking weeks. In short, managing copies of large databases is a painful, slow, and expensive process that delays projects, hurts application quality, and frustrates everyone involved. Using Delphix to make and manage copies eliminates this time, cost, and effort.
Delphix-powered Oracle and Microsoft databases can be created in minutes, require almost no storage, and can be automatically refreshed or rolled back, quickly and easily. Delphix introduces significant new agility to the data layer, without reducing any functionality – application developers and users accessing these databases see no change in functionality. Their apps continue to query the same database server as before.
Delphix-enabled DBAs no longer waste time making copies, instead focusing on high-value work. Delphix-enabled developers don’t waste time waiting for updates to databases or begging for additional environments, instead focusing on writing better code. Delphix-enabled testers don’t lose days waiting for test databases to be restored to earlier points and don’t miss bugs because of incomplete test data, instead focusing on getting the highest quality code into production, sooner.
Agile Test Data
Accelerating the application test cycle is the most common use of Delphix. Managing proper test data is critical to successful application projects. Test teams need the right data, at the right time, to ensure high quality but the cost and effort of managing real and secure test data is significant. In many cases, the infrastructure cost and time to create these temporary upgrade databases and to generate appropriate and secure test data for applications can delay or prevent projects. To avoid this, test teams turn to subsets and other shortcuts, which result in lower quality code and more production outages.
Delphix creates full test databases in minutes. These multi-terabyte copies can be refreshed with new production data at any time, and can be rolled back quickly to re-run older test cycles. With Delphix, IT can deliver more applications, sooner and with higher quality.