4 Tools You Need for Database DevOps Success

A large part of improving dev and release processes begins with identifying the bottleneck. A thought-out DevOps architecture can help greatly. But, more often than not, that bottleneck can be found in the database change process.

This makes sense — there are more tools that support DevOps for applications versus DevOps for the database. However, there are still critical tools and processes you can use to enhance your DevOps. Here are just a few to help you implement best practices for database DevOps.

Database Development Tools

When planning for your DevOps tools, you should seriously consider database development tools, as well. If you want comprehensive results when developing your database, you need tools with a DevOps flare.

If we didn’t have the efficiency and speed that we got from Agile software development, we wouldn’t have created DevOps. So, bringing Agile to the database was a must to solve problems. For instance, Toad from Quest Software supports some incredible features for Agile development. One excellent feature they provide is Team Coding. A DB is different than an application; because of this, a DB will have state. So, having a DB instance we can compare with for our team is critical. Team Coding has this functionality, which has allowed us to thrive. It also lets users work with existing Source Code Control (such as Subversion, Git, and more) along with a live database to help DB developers. Because of this, users can execute this functionality against DB objects such as stored procedures and tables.

Application Release Automation

Application software can be difficult to manage. Often, they have too many components to manage easily, which is where automation can help. Application Release Automation (ARA) helps your team move from learned and taught processes to basic scripts that are easily scalable and can help deploy applications rapidly. If you’re working with a team that cares about data and DevOps, ARA is a critical tool. It can even help with database releases when you put all code (including database code) into source control and through the same process.

Certain tools that help with ARA and DevOps include:

  • CA’s Release Automation
  • Cloud Bee’s Electric Cloud ElectricFlow
  • IBM’s UrbanCode Deploy
  • XebiaLab’s XL Deploy

Test Data Management

No matter how rapidly you are able to deploy applications, you’ll need to test. The faster you deploy, the more tests you will need to run. But a massive problem with testing can be the lack of quality. Many applications pivot functionality depending on the data stored in a DB. So, providing data that is or, at least, matches the production data is critical to guarantee high test quality. Without the right data, you could be running massive amounts of tests that are also providing bad/false results. And, with DevOps, you’re committed to improving your software and working to enable more testing for that software.

Tools that can help with DevOps and Test Data Management include:

Database Release Automation

Database Release Automation (DRA) is the most critical portion of evaluating your DevOps tooling. Many teams consider database changes and the process for database deployments the bottleneck of their entire operation. By automating your databases and using database DevOps automation to the best of its abilities, you can enhance and speed up not just database release, but your entire organization. Check out Datical’s DRA capabilities.

Get Database DevOps Success Now

Finding the right tool for you will require transparency and collaboration between your team. But, with the right tools, you can enhance your DevOps metrics to be better than ever.

Learn more about Database DevOps Automation! Check out our recorded webinar DevOps and the Developer: Treating Database Code Just Like App Code

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