HP automates secure access to data for application testing

The company is also integrating the HP Quality Center software quality platform with CollabNet ALM

HP on Tuesday will introduce application testing software based on the company's database archiving technology that enables the use of production data for testing while also protecting that data.

HP Test Data Management automates the process of obtaining test data from live applications, HP said. By masking sensitive data, the product keeps data secure, the company said.

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"Rough and tumble, about half the challenge of creating tests for new software systems is coming up with the right data to run though the tests," said Mark Sarbiewski, senior director of product marketing for HP software.

Using actual data gives developers the best perspective on how the application is working, he said. But sensitive data must be protected, such as health records or Social Security numbers, Sarbiewski said. HP Test Data Management extracts and masks data so developers do not need database administrators to give them a replica of production data, he said.

HP developed HP Test Data Management based on its own database archiving software. HP Test Data Management is available on June 30, with prices beginning at several thousand dollars.

In addition, HP on Wednesday will introduce integrations between HP Quality Center, for managing software quality processes and automating testing, and CollabNet TeamForge, which provides application lifecycle management (ALM) for distributed teams.

"This basically gives you this very seamless flow of information among the development teams," Sarbiewski said.

Users can download software that integrates the two products.

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