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How to reset your development database in seconds using SQL Clone

Let’s say you’re making experimental changes to your development database and, to explore a hypothesis, you’ve just dropped a table. How long does it take you to restore the database to its previous state, so you’re ready to continue testing? If it’s long enough to go fetch a coffee, then it’s too long. When developing Read more

SQL Provision

Creating Multiple Masked Databases with SQL Provision

Sometimes developer teams need access to a copy of the database containing live data. However, if that database contains sensitive or personal data, then it cannot be used for testing and development work, unless all appropriate security measures are in place. The data protection regulations make no distinction between development and production databases, in the Read more

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Getting Started with Database Development Using SQL Provision

Developers, when working on databases rather than the application code, often find they have less freedom to experiment than they are used to. It’s not necessarily easy to set up a database for testing, especially if the process isn’t automated. They’ll need to dig around in source control, build the database at the correct version, Read more

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Building Better Test Data with SQL Provision

Development teams make software available for release once they are confident that it behaves consistently, as it was designed to behave, under as many different user workflows as they can test. Unfortunately, their test cells often don’t reflect the harsher reality of the live environments, where their software will encounter large volumes of real data, Read more

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Masking Data in Practice

Even small extracts of data need to be created with caution, if they are for public consumption. Sensitive data can 'hide' in unexpected places, and apparently innocuous data can be combined with other information to expose information about identifiable individuals. If we need to deliver an entire database in obfuscated form, the problems can get harder. Phil Factor examines some of the basic data masking techniques, and the challenges inherent in masking certain types of sensitive and personal data, while ensuring it still looks like the real data, and preserving its referential integrity, and distribution characteristics. Read more

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SQL Provision adds fully integrated data masking

SQL Provision launched in January, offering users blazingly fast database copying, with a light storage footprint, centralized management, and the ability to mask any sensitive data, prior to distribution. This new release takes compliant provisioning one step further, by integrating data masking directly into SQL Clone’s image creation process, rather than running it as a Read more

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Create, protect and manage non-production databases with SQL Provision

SQL Provision allows users to create copies of SQL Server databases in seconds, using a fraction of disk space, and mask any sensitive data to help address data privacy and protection concerns. It serves as a gateway between production and non-production environments, to ensure the safe distribution of database copies from one central location, without blocking Read more

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The Database DevOps Challenges SQL Clone Solves

SQL Clone helps to accelerate the delivery of databases updates, by enabling an organization to provide database copies, and the right data, to all parts of the deployment pipeline that need it, with a light footprint, and securely. It removes much of the administrative burden of providing a ‘database refresh’, while still allowing operations teams Read more

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How to automatically provision sanitized data using SQL Clone, Data Masker and PowerShell

National and regional legislation, as well industry standards, dictate what an organization can and can’t do with sensitive data, as well as how it needs to be handled, audited and protected. In addition, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) tightens up enormously the requirements for storage, handling, processing, disclosure and erasure of personal information about Read more

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SQL Clone v2.4 – run scripts during image creation

SQL Clone 2.4 incorporates a new T-SQL script runner that the team can use to mask sensitive or personal data, or to modify security and other configuration settings, prior to creating a clone. In SQL Clone, we first create an image, which is a full point-in-time copy of the database, and from this image we Read more