How database virtualization works

InfoWorld's New Tech Forum offers technologists a venue to explain how their innovative tech works in detail. In this first post, Delphix CEO Jed Yueh dives into database virtualization

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Our inaugural post comes to us from Jed Yueh, president and CEO of Delphix, who describes in detail the nature and inner workings of his company's unique database virtualization technology. -- Paul Venezia

Delphix's database virtualization technology is designed to accelerate enterprise application projects for businesses by providing fast, flexible access to virtual data.

Enterprise applications constantly evolve to meet changing business demands, triggering expensive projects that overrun budgets and fall behind schedule. Data is the lifeblood of applications and must be pumped across project environments.

To make data management harder, applications are constantly on the move, migrating to new data centers, private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, flash storage, and open platforms, creating complexity and fragmentation. With data growing constantly inside applications, managing data through project lifecycles gets harder and harder every day.

Today's businesses deploy small armies of DBAs, storage admins, backup admins, and systems admins to create and move database copies across redundant hardware environments -- dispiriting, rock-breaking work. IT teams struggle to deliver data using storage, backup, and replication products designed without application projects in mind, yielding an operational Frankenstein that leaves development teams waiting for data environments and drains businesses of millions of dollars each year in lost productivity.

The Delphix solution

Delphix's Agile Data Platform is an integrated set of technologies that can bridge the data divide, enabling organizations to deliver the right data to the right team at the right time.

Delphix nondisruptively collects data from enterprise applications, automatically versions all changes, and delivers fast, flexible access to virtual datasets for application development, ERP implementations, database upgrades, data center migration, application consolidation, BI and data warehouses, data protection, and a range of innovation projects.

Delphix virtualizes databases by sharing data blocks across all environments instead of making and moving full, physical copies. On average, Delphix consolidates 20 physical database copies into the space of a single copy and reduces the cost of the next incremental copy by more than 100 times, changing the economics of application projects.

Businesses today have to trade off quality, speed, and cost. Delphix is designed to both shrink the cost of data access and improve quality and speed, eliminating that trade-off.

By versioning changes to data, Delphix provides project teams with self-service data control -- fast, simple data refresh, rollback, integration, and branching. These features can dramatically reduce the time required to complete application development projects.

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