Only a few companies using real-time technology solutions have test environments for the SCADA, MES or ETRM systems. Creating the ETRM environment (e.g. our SELT system – System for Electricity trading on Liberated Market) is quite easy since it is mainly a database-based system, so you can duplicate the database and application server and restrict the test systems' data connections to the environment (email, web services etc.)... though if ETRM is connected to other real-time trading platforms, it may not be so easy even here.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://d2000.ipesoft.com/blog/communication-in-test-environments/