Data Virtualizer Delphix Adds Data Masker Axis TS to Lineup
Axis Technology Software masks data fields to enable secure, self-service data delivery for application-development projects.Delphix, which started out in 2008 virtualizing Oracle databases so they could be worked on and fixed while remaining in production, has elevated its game to a newer business: data as a service (DaaS). The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company on May 20 made an investment in this sector by acquiring Axis Technology Software, which enables secure, self-service data delivery for application-development projects. These can include enterprise resource planning (ERP) rollouts, custom development initiatives, or migrations to private and public clouds. Terms of the deal were not released. Axis TS, based in Boston, makes DMsuite, a toolset that automates the profiling, data masking or (de-identification), and provisioning of enterprise data. Data as a service, identified as a new IT segment about 18 months ago, is a process that delivers the correct data to the right team at the right time, thus accelerating application-development projects. By acquiring Axis, CEO Jedidiah Yueh said, Delphix becomes the sole provider of integrated data masking, data virtualization and data archiving all in the same package.
Data masking, or data obfuscation, is the process of hiding original data—such as social security numbers, birth dates and addresses—by replacing it with random characters or data. It is similar to redacted paper legal documents, except with random numbers filling fields instead of blacked-out boxes.