Deep-dive into Database as a Service with Era Test Drive!

  • 27 August 2020
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Deep-dive into Database as a Service with Era Test Drive!
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This post was authored by David Teague, Technical Marketing Engineer Nutanix

We're excited to introduce Nutanix Test Drive for Era, the database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution that brings one-click simplicity to database administration. Let’s take a full test drive!

Deep-dive into Database as a Service

We’ll get started by navigating to our Era Test Drive site. When you register, you’ll receive an email with a link for direct access to your environment. After logging in, you will be presented with a welcome message and a guided tour description for the Database as a Service deep dive modules:

  • The steps to deploy a database with Era (Deploy Database)
  • How to clone a production database for testing (Clone Production DB)
  • Using the clone refresh feature to update a cloned database (Refresh Clone)

Deploy Database

First, experience how quick and easy it is to deploy a database with our DBaaS. In this example, you will deploy a MariaDB database on a new server using predefined profiles. Era also applies Nutanix’s and the database engines’ best practices. As a result, you can customize your database deployments while ensuring consistency and repeatability of deployments. In addition to Maria DB, we support Oracle, MS SQL, My SQL, and PostgreSQL databases.

Figure: Era’s supported databases

Cloning a Production Database

Database cloning is one of the most common, and painful, requests that DBAs handle. It is a highly time-consuming task (hours for large databases) because of the need for creating test environments of a production database. You would need to build a new database server, make a backup of a database, and copy it back to the new database server.

Our Time Machine feature, which leverages Nutanix HCI native snapshot capabilities, makes clones in minutes, instead of hours. The pain of database cloning is a thing of the past. Get the feel of the speed with Test Drive!

Thanks to the predefined profiles and built-in database vendor best practices, you will validate consistent deployments. Last but not least, database cloning can be scheduled.

Figure: Era's Time Machine for database snapshot

Refresh Clone

Refreshing clones of the database is quick and painless with Era. With just a few clicks, you can update your clone with data from the existing source database. Just as with database cloning, you can also schedule the refresh.

We hope this walk-through has excited you to try and experience the simplicity of database lifecycle management!

Tips & Tricks

  • If you want to start over, feel free to X out of the current step and click on Quick Links at the bottom and select Era Deep Dive Menu.
  • On the Nutanix Cloud Portal, you can return to Prism Central at any time by clicking on Return to On-Prem Prism Central from the Quick Links menu in that interface.

Other Features of Test Drive

You can read about the other features of Test Drive by checking out our latest blogs!

Join the Community

Be sure to join the conversation at our NEXT Community Forums

To learn more about Era, please visit our Era page.

We are continuing to expand the experiences offered in Nutanix Test Drive, so stay tuned for what’s to come! Check it out now at!

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