AGS Products

AGS Server Studio and Sentinel together provide powerful solutions that help seasoned database professionals and novices manage Informix data servers with unprecedented ease and improved productivity. This suite of integrated, highly intuitive system management tools provides wide-ranging functionality to support your organization’s vital databases — from initial design, development and testing, all the way through to production deployment and successful operational service.

Server Studio
Sentinel

Release 10

is now generally available

This new release of the industry-leading multi-platform graphical development and management environment has undergone a substantial upgrade in functionality and now provides DBAs and developers with an even richer collection of easy-to-use, proven tools to manage effectively and with ease complexities of the Informix data servers’ infrastructure – from initial design and development, all the way through to production deployment and successful operational service.

New features and enhancements in the Release 10 of Server Studio & Sentinel:

Data Masking is an important part of any organization’s data governance solution. The most common use of data masking is to create test data for non-production environments, such as application development and QA, while protecting personally identifiable, personally sensitive or commercially sensitive data. Development and QA department personnel usually do not have required security clearance to access actual production data. However, in order to create and test robust business applications, they need to work with data sets that closely resemble real-world data. Server Studio provides a number of data masking methods, such as Random Substitution, Substitution from Database objects and Files, Shuffling, Number and Date Variance, Masking Out of text data, and more.

SQL Script Substitution Variables provide an easy way to execute scripts in situations when you need to run the same SQL queries multiple times or periodically applying a different set of parameters for each script execution, for example during application tests or when running system reports. Using variables in these situations eliminates a task of modifying SQL syntax every time you need to provide a new parameter value, such as report dates or customer code. This feature is especially valuable when the same parameter is used in SQL script in multiple places and the value of this parameter must be edited every time in all places. Without usage of script variables, there is a high probability of error – not only a syntax error but also an error of getting incorrect SQL query result. Substitution variables can be used in SQL scripts in place of constant values, names of columns or tables. If a SQL script contains substitution variables, the dialog box prompting to enter their values opens automatically when a user attempts to execute this script.

The Columns folder under a database node in the Object Explorer provides an integrated view of all columns for all tables in a database. This view is very useful when analyzing database structure and table dependencies. It also can be used to identify columns that require data masking during creation of test data sets based on production data. You can use the new Server Studio’s Data Masking wizard to obfuscate identified data and create required test data sets. The Columns view provides table, column name and datatype filtering capabilities for easy object searches. Indexing, nulling, datatypes, default column data information is displayed in a single grid for all database columns. There are navigations to underlying table structure and data viewers and editors.