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

  • 7 October 2020
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Deep-dive into Next-Gen Database as a Service with Era Test Drive Update!
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This post was authored by David Teague, Technical Marketing Engineer, Nutanix

Nutanix Test Drive for Era, the Nutanix database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution, has added some exciting new features. In just a few clicks you can now experience how easy it is to deploy multi-region databases with replicas, set up data protection, and apply a patch--all key database management activities.

Updates to the deep-dive into Database as a Service

When you register at the Era Test Drive site, 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 an updated guided tour description for the Database-as-a-Service Deep-Dive modules:

  • Provisioning: Deploy a single instance database.  NEW--Deploy multi-region database with replicas. 
  • NEW--Patching: Create a new Patch Standard and apply the patch to a database server.
  • NEW--Database Protection: Do an in-place database restore of a corrupted database
  • Copy Data Management: Create a clone of a production database and refresh a clone from the source.


Experience how quick and easy it is to deploy a database with our DBaaS, all while using best practices. In this example, you will deploy a MariaDB database on a new server using predefined profiles. 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.

Era’s supported databases

Once you have completed the deployment of the Maria database, you can see how quickly and efficiently you can get a PostgreSQL high-availability (HA) cluster deployed.

Multi-Cluster Support in Era 


Database patching can be a time consuming and risky process. Yet, it is essential to keeping business-critical apps secure. By automating manual tasks, Era makes lengthy patching a breeze for database administrators. The Era 2.0 release adds support for patching to Microsoft SQL Server and PostgreSQL databases,  in addition to existing patching support for Oracle.

In the first section of patching in Test Drive, you will walk through the steps to create a new patching set using Era’s software profiles. You will update that software profile with an existing PostgreSQL database server. You will then publish that profile letting any servers that were deployed using that software profile show that an update is available.

Create a new Software Profile Version

Once the creation process for the software profile is complete, you will move onto patching an existing PostgreSQL VM. Notice how quickly you can start updating your database servers once a new patch set has been made available through a new software profile version. Patching can be done on-demand or scheduled for outage windows. With PostgreSQL, high availability databases, Oracle RAC HA, and Microsoft SQL Server availability groups will follow patching best practices and keep the database accessible during the update.

Database server VM with updates available

Database Protection

A vital part of the database administrator’s job is protecting the database. Era simplifies this, using its Time Machine feature to track, replicate, and manage backups across multiple Nutanix Clusters. If you do need to do a recovery, thanks to Nutanix HCI’s native snapshot capabilities, Era can reduce your outage time.

With updated Era Test Drive, you can now see how easy it is to do a complete database recovery using the in-place restore feature. In this test drive section, you will step through the process of replacing a production DB from a previous snapshot with just a few clicks. 

Restore Database options

Copy Data Management

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’s 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.

Era's Time Machine for database snapshot

Once you have completed the clone creation section, we will refresh a clone from the source database. 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 and 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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