Application development and troubleshooting needs are driving Wind River to create more database instances for developers and IT operations staff. With heavy data growth—over 100% in recent years— the time and cost of creating new database copies was becoming challenging.
Wind River looked at new solutions for changing the economics of data and application management. Specifically, Wind River has adopted the Delphix Dynamic Data Platform to 1) cut the provisioning time and storage costs of database copies via advanced data virtualization and 2) improve business process troubleshooting via integrated instances of multiple databases.
Cut providing time and storage costs
Prior to implementing Delphix, Wind River’s approach to creating copies of production databases for IT and development staff relied on existing backup technologies. The IT team waited for backup jobs to complete, then used the latest backup version to manually create a new database copy for a developer the next day. Each copy required the same storage as the source: a 2 TB production database spawned an additional 2 TB for each developer copy.
Using Delphix to virtualize databases, Wind River changed the time and cost equations for creating and updating copies. Instead of waiting a day for backup jobs to complete, IT can create new, full-function copies within minutes. While each copy appears and acts as if it were a full physical database instance, the actual storage required is minimal. As a result, Wind River can create as many database instances as operations require, instead of as few as the budget will allow.
Improve business process troubleshooting
Wind River’s business processes such as quote-to-cash or procure-to-pay might cross multiple systems, including ERP, Financials, CRM, Master-Data, and others. Each may have its own database instance that tracks transactions, updates, and other changes. If a problem arises that requires investigation across these systems, finding the right the data as of a specific, previous point in time was very difficult if not impossible. This increased the time and effort required to resolve issues.
Delphix captures changes to a production database over time, and then creates virtual copies synced to a specific second or transaction. As a result, it is simple and easy to create integrated instances of multiple databases, all fully-synced to any previous point in time. Using Delphix, Wind River is able to easily rollback multiple databases across a business process to the point of a process error, troubleshoot the problem, and resolve it quickly.