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Enabling Agile Test Development Using Oracle Databases

Executive Summary
Based in the United States, this organization is a leading designer, distributor, and owner of many well-known national and global brands. This firm’s IT organization struggled to use copies of Oracle databases for testing purposes with its existing Delphix solution. The company used Actifio to significantly increase the performance and agility of its test data management operations.

Company Overview
This United States clothing leader owns many high-end, internationally recognized brands. The company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans, active wear, dresses, and swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The company also licenses trademarks from major third party brands such as Nike.

Who: US clothing leader

Challenge: The company was having significant challenges using Delphix to provide copies of 10TB Oracle databases in order to test business critical applications.

Solution: Use Actifio Sky to provision multiple copies of Oracle databases.

Benefits: Database provisioning reduced from hours to minutes, as well as increased performance and agility during testing, especially for Oracle ASM environments.

The Challenge
The company uses Oracle to support its business critical applications and was having significant trouble generating copies of Oracle databases for testing patches, updates and new versions of these applications. The company was using Delphix to generate database copies, but struggled with an inability to bring mounted databases online, and once they were, performance was extremely slow. In fact, the company found these copies “unusable”, particularly for Oracle ASM environments. As a result, the company was experiencing very slow time to market and was losing its competitive advantage.

The Solution
The customer selected Actifio to overcome the challenges they were facing when generating copies of its 30TB footprint of Oracle databases. Actifio enabled the company to generate these copies in minutes (from hours) and was particularly pleased with Actifio’s native support for Oracle ASM, which sped up the copy process and provided great performance during the testing process.

Immediate Benefits
• Reduced Oracle database copy provisioning from hours to minutes
• Increased agility with the ability to instantly provision virtual thin copies of their 30TB Oracle environment simultaneously for testing business critical applications
• Actifio’s native support of Oracle ASM enhanced performance during testing
• No longer wasted time and effort by creating unusable Oracle database copies, which happened with Delphix (the previous solution)

Moving Forward
Now that the customer has solved some of its major challenges with Oracle database copy creation for testing its business critical applications, they are looking for future opportunities to leverage Actifio including protecting VMware and Microsoft SQL environments.