Wednesday, 15 October 2014

DatabasePack Beta: Database-as-a-Service for testing

DatabasePack is a new service that provides access to all major versions of MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQL Server. The service makes testing code on multiple database versions easier because they are already hosted and are available just a few clicks away. Usually you would need to setup all databases and their different versions manually, and if you have tried that you probably know how frustrating that can be. Hosting each database version on a separate server could also get quite expensive and would be a maintenance hell. DatabasePack is powered by Docker, an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications.

DatabasePack Web Interface
Screenshot of DatabasePack Web Interface

Apart from offering databases as a service, they plan to launch a feature for test data generation. It would help to create extensive test data automatically, but DatabasePack also supports importing CSV, SQL or JSON files.

The service is currently in beta, but you can request an invite on their landing page.