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Revolutionizing TDM for DevOps with Enov8 vME

JUL, 2023

by Andrew Walker.

 

Author Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker is a software architect with 10+ years of experience. Andrew is passionate about his craft, and he loves using his skills to design enterprise solutions for Enov8, in the areas of IT Environments, Release & Data Management.

Test data management (TDM) is a critical practice within enterprise QA organizations, serving as the backbone for delivering reliable and efficient test datasets across various environments. However, in today’s fast-paced DevOps landscape, traditional TDM solutions are struggling to keep up with the demands of agile development and automated CI/CD pipelines. The need for rapid dataset delivery, privacy compliance, and scalability has outpaced the capabilities of legacy TDM practices. 

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To address these challenges, a transformative and innovative approach to TDM is required, and that’s where Enov8 vME steps in, ushering in a new era of streamlined test data management for DevOps teams.

The Limitations of Traditional TDM Solutions:

Traditional TDM practices have long relied on ticket-driven request-fulfill models, wherein different data consumers submit requests for datasets that are served in a sequential, queue-like fashion. This antiquated process involves a complex data preparation phase, which includes mapping datasets to test requirements, searching for relevant entity objects recursively, applying subsetting algorithms for business process integrity, identifying and anonymizing sensitive data fields, and finally delivering the size-reduced database copies to the data consuming teams. Consequently, this elongated and intricate data preparation process poses several challenges:

  1. Time-Consuming: As the process requires multiple steps and coordination among various teams, most TDM ticket requests take days or even weeks to get fulfilled, leading to prolonged wait times for DevOps teams.
  2. Complexity: The complexity of the data preparation process adds to the overall delivery time, limiting the flexibility of refreshing test datasets and hindering the agility of DevOps practices.
  3. Dependency on Central Teams: Traditional TDM heavily relies on collaboration between DBAs and application SMEs, making it highly dependent on central teams and lacking in self-service capabilities.
  4. Storage Intensive: Delivering multiple copies of databases results in increased storage footprint and significantly higher storage costs.
  5. Fragility: The dependency on accurate mapping to business processes and entity relationships introduces fragility, making the process susceptible to data quality issues with each small change or refresh.
  6. Expensive: The high-touch nature of the traditional TDM solution translates to increased operational costs in terms of headcount, tools, and storage.
  7. Partial Test Coverage: Despite the well-thought-out mapping of business processes to datasets, the delivered test datasets often offer only partial representation of production data, leading to quality risks.

The Modern DevOps TDM Alternative – Enov8 vME:

To overcome the limitations of traditional TDM and embrace the speed, efficiency, and flexibility demanded by DevOps, Enov8 vME offers a groundbreaking alternative. This innovative platform leverages virtual database technologies to create full read/write replicas of source databases in mere minutes, drastically reducing storage requirements. The virtual databases function as efficient test datasets and eliminate the need for upfront data preparation or recursive entity searches.

With Enov8 vME, business processes no longer need to be meticulously mapped to datasets, and the time-consuming search for related entity records can be circumvented, as the entire database, complete with all record dependencies, is swiftly copied over. This ensures that all test cases have access to comprehensive and accurate data, preserving business process integrity throughout the testing process.

Introducing Enov8 vME: Empowering DevOps Test Data Management:

Enov8 vME is designed to seamlessly integrate with the speed and agility of DevOps practices. It offers a comprehensive TDM solution that provides ultimate control through APIs or self-service portals, enabling DevOps teams to continuously refresh, clone, version, and rewind datasets as needed and at scale. This enhanced control empowers developers and QA teams to conduct exhaustive test scenarios without conflicts or delays, accelerating the entire software development process.

Furthermore, Enov8 vME’s integrated data privacy search and masking capabilities ensure that all test data is free from sensitive information, meeting data privacy regulations and safeguarding against data breaches. The platform’s compliance with data privacy standards adds an additional layer of security and confidence to the testing process.

Benefits of Enov8 vME’s Virtual Database-Powered TDM:

Enov8 vME’s adoption of virtual database technologies revolutionizes TDM, offering a wide array of benefits compared to traditional approaches:

  1. Fast Test Data Delivery: Enov8 vME facilitates swift delivery of virtual database copies, even for source databases that exceed terabytes of storage.
  2. Privacy Compliance: By integrating sensitive data search with anonymization and masking algorithms provided through Enov8 TDM, Enov8 vME ensures that all test data remains free from private or sensitive information.
  3. Self-Service Capability: Developers, QA, and UAT teams no longer need to rely on centralized TDM teams or DBAs for test data delivery. Enov8 vME empowers users with self-service access to datasets through a user-friendly portal or API integration.
  4. Storage Efficiency: Enov8 vME’s virtual databases are incredibly storage-efficient, resulting in reduced storage costs as more copies are created.
  5. Stability: The adoption of full copies of source databases, coupled with the elimination of subset preparation, ensures a stable environment and reduces the risk of potential data quality issues.
  6. Full Test Coverage: With the ability to deliver full copies of production databases, DevOps teams can access the entire set of records, guaranteeing 100% test coverage.
  7. Cost-Effectiveness: The combination of self-service capabilities and storage efficiency makes Enov8 vME the most cost-effective TDM solution available.

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Conclusion:

In conclusion, Enov8 vME revolutionizes Test Data Management for DevOps, breaking free from the constraints of traditional TDM practices. By leveraging virtual database technologies, Enov8 vME empowers DevOps teams with swift, secure, and high-quality test data access, boosting innovation and accelerating software development. Embrace Enov8 vME to unlock the full potential of your DevOps initiatives and pave the way for rapid, compliant, and streamlined test data management. The transformational power of Enov8 vME ensures that DevOps teams can conquer the challenges of modern software development with confidence and efficiency.

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