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Delphix was founded in 2008 and has now grown to have almost 400 employees. They enable 30% of the Fortune 500 to bring together data operators and data users through their dynamic – data platform that allows companies to provision lightweight, compressed copies of production data in minutes and secure that data, to ensure regulatory compliance.
Below is our intervew with Adam Bowen, Strategic Advisor at Delphix:
Q: What is DataOps and what kinds of businesses benefit most from a DataOps strategy?
A: DataOps is the alignment of people, process, and technology to enable the rapid, automated, and secure management of data. Its goal is to improve outcomes by bringing together those that need data with those that provide it, eliminating friction throughout the data lifecycle. To do so, data operators and consumers work together to identify and eliminate constraints that create friction in five key areas within the data lifecycle: governance, operations, delivery, transformation, and versioning.
The businesses that most benefit from DataOps are those that rely on data; for example Financial Services, Insurance, Retail, Travel, even Agriculture and Waste Management. DataOps is about reducing the coefficient of data friction so that data can flow freely to the people that need it, when they need it, where they need it. In today’s economy, I cannot think of a business that does not depend on data; certainly, businesses that expect to be around in the future.
Q: Tell us about the Delphix Dynamic Data Platform?
A: The Delphix Dynamic Data Platform (“DDP”) enables companies to accelerate application and data projects, enable cloud migration and adoption, and decrease the surface area of data risk. The platform exists on-premise or in the cloud and non-disruptively connects to the sources specified by Data Operators to perform a one-time copy of the data on the source. The DDP then continuously captures incremental changes on the source to record a complete application data history. All of this source data is filtered, deduped, and compressed inside the DDP. From that compressed data footprint, the DDP virtualizes the data and allows operators to create lightweight, full read/write virtual data copies in minutes.
The DDP leverages block sharing technology to quickly create and deliver the data copies, while reducing storage consumption by around 90%. The DDP continuously protects sensitive information with integrated data masking by replacing those sensitive values with fictitious, yet realistic, equivalents. The DDP automatically identifies sensitive values then applies custom or predefined masking algorithms. By seamlessly integrating data masking and provisioning into a single platform, the DDP ensures that secure data delivery is effortless and repeatable.
All of these features combined into a single platform provide Data Operators with a single point of control to govern, audit, and monitor data, and provision it in minutes. The DDP exposes a full set of API’s that allows any interaction that can be performed via the UI or CLI to also as easily be performed via popular orchestration tools like Jenkins. The DDP also provides an easy to use self-service interface that provides dynamic data controls for Data Consumers to manipulate the data provided to them, at will. Without involving a database or storage admin, a Data Consumer can easily rewind their data to any previous state to undo changes or they can refresh their data to the latest available version available to them.
Q: What are the key user benefits and features of your platform?
A: One of the great things about the DDDP is its broad applicability to a wide variety of business problems like cloud migration, digital transformation, testing and data protection. Customers come to us with new use cases all the time. Two recent examples are:
· StubHub deployed Delphix to help with its digital transformation strategy, and is now able to deliver more frequent, higher quality releases faster by automating the process of provisioning dev and test environments. StubHub developers are now able to work in parallel on more projects with less wait time.
· Molina Healthcare chose Delphix to help accelerate application development. With dramatically faster data delivery, releases that once took 6 months are now completed in 3 months. Molina also implemented data masking to protect patient information from breaches and ensure compliance with HIPAA.
Q: What are your plans for the future?
A: Our mission is to be Fast, Secure, and Everywhere. In addition to expanding our coverage of cloud platforms and data types to meet the needs of our customers, Delphix is always evaluating ways in which we can eliminate more friction from the data lifecycle so that our customers can unlock innovation in their enterprise. We have some exciting things coming up soon, but you will have to stay tuned for specifics. Delphix is also taking a leadership role in driving the awareness around DataOps with other DataOps technology vendors and some of the world’s F100 companies. DataOps is much bigger than any one technology or vendor, and we realize that together we can usher in the same types of rapid advancements that DevOps brought to the SDLC.