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Bringing DevOps to the database – Moody’s Analytics and SQL Clone

Developers need copies of databases to successfully create new code, test programs and fix issues, but provisioning copies is time-consuming, and each one can take up large amounts of storage space – up to a terabyte and more in many cases. This challenge can potentially slow down extending DevOps to the database and ultimately hit Read more

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Protecting production data in non-production environments

A traditional IT problem in many organizations is that the development and operations teams each work in their own silo, and each tends to regard the other as having different, and often conflicting, goals. Developers are focused on the needs of just one application. Operations must keep the whole maze of production systems running throughout Read more

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New permissions features brings access control to SQL Clone

Ever since its launch, SQL Clone has been attracting waves of interest. By allowing SQL Server databases or backups to be cloned in seconds, as well as saving up to 99% of disk space, it removes the burden of database provisioning. What about access, though? Let’s say you have a mixed team of database developers, Read more

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Basic data masking for development work using SQL Clone and SQL Data Generator

This article describes a lightweight copy-and-generate approach for making a sanitized version of a production database available to development teams with SQL Clone and SQL Data Generator. We build the latest database version (schema only), then copy into it, from the production database, the data for any tables and columns that don’t require masking. For Read more

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Using striped backups with SQL Clone

If you’re a Redgate SQL Backup customer, occasionally you’ll need to convert your SQL Backup (.sqb) files to the native SQL Server backup format (.bak), perhaps to perform native database restores on a server where SQL Backup isn’t installed. This produces a striped backup, because each thread used when making the backup will produce a Read more

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Why is my clone so small?

If you have a very large database, up to 64TB in size, SQL Clone will let you copy, or ‘clone’, that database many times, very quickly, making the full database available in multiple SQL Server instances across your development and test environments. And yet in each of these instances, the cloned database takes up only Read more

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Backup and restore of a SQL Clone

With SQL Clone, I can create multiple copies of my database, for testing, very quickly. First, I create an image of the source database, and then from that image I can create multiple clones. Each copy, or clone, appears to SQL Server as a normal database, and yet occupies a fraction of the disk space Read more

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SQL Clone: the aspirin for your database provisioning headaches

When developing a database as a team, most team members would generally prefer to work with their own, isolated copy of the database, rather than work on a shared development database. Up to now, however, there have been a number of additional management and security problems with the dedicated database approach and these burdens only Read more

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Team-based database development with SQL Clone

For most development teams, the database provisioning process involves some element of compromise. Often, developers will work with the up-to-date database schema but only a small sample of test data, for example. It’s a fast, lightweight approach that is sufficient for most simple tests, but it doesn’t necessarily reveal exactly how the application will behave Read more

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SQL Clone and backups protected with TDE – part 2

My last article demonstrated that you can use SQL Clone to make a copy of a live database, even when that database is protected with Transparent Data Encryption (TDE). However, not everyone will want to use SQL Clone against a live database, especially a production database. Fortunately, SQL Clone allows you to build an image Read more