ROBIN
Hyper-Converged Kubernetes Platform

for Big Data, Databases and AI/ML

Robin in 2 Mins

ROBIN is the industry’s first hyper-converged Kubernetes platform for big data, databases, and AI/ML. The platform provides a self-service App-store experience for the deployment of any application, anywhere – runs on-premises in your private data center or in public-cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP) environments.

Hyperconverged Kubernetes

Hyper-converged Kubernetes is a software-defined application orchestration framework that combines containerized storage, networking, compute (Kubernetes), and the application management layer into a single system. Our approach extends Kubernetes for data-intensive applications such as Hortonworks, Cloudera, Elastic stack, RDBMS, NoSQL databases, and AI/ML apps.

  • Facilitates simpler and faster roll-out of critical Enterprise IT and LoB initiatives, such as containerization, cloud-migration, cost-consolidation, and productivity improvement.
  • Solves the fundamental challenges of running big data and databases in Kubernetes
  • Enables the deployment of an agile, and flexible Kubernetes-based infrastructure for your Enterprise Applications.
Datasheet
Application Management Layer – Manage Applications and configure Kubernetes, Storage & Networking with Application workflows.
Built-in Storage – Allocate storage while deploying an application or cluster, share storage among apps and users, get SLA guarantees when consolidating, support for data locality, affinity, anti-affinity and isolation constraints, and tackle storage for applications that modify the Root filesystem.
Kubernetes – Run big data and databases in extended Kubernetes, eliminating limitations that restrict Kubernetes to micro-services applications.
Built-in Networking – Set networking options while deploying apps and clusters in Kubernetes and preserve IP addresses during restarts.

ROBIN hyper-converged Kubernetes architecture brings to life a 1-Click simplicity to any enterprise application for deployment and lifecycle management functions such as snapshot, clone, patch, upgrade, backup, restore, scale, and control QoS of the entire application. This is done with a single mouse click or REST API call independent of the size and complexity of the application.

Benefits

Production Ready on Day Zero

  • Allocate built-in storage for big data and database cluster provisioning during deployment
  • Auto-create StatefulSets, Persistent Volumes, Claims, Services etc. to meet application needs
  • Preserve IP addresses during restarts with built-in networking
  • Create clones, snapshots for time-travel
  • Enable scalable and elastic pool of compute and storage resources

Manage any enterprise application on Kubernetes

  • Self-service 1-click deployment for Kubernetes-based data-driven applications
  • Manage complex enterprise applications including Cloudera, Hortonworks, Oracle, Elastic Stack, SAP HANA, Cassandra, and many more
  • Contain database and OS sprawl
  • Gain elastic performance guarantee and scaling (CPU, Memory, IOPS)
  • Eliminate noisy neighbor issues

Features

1-Click Deployment

  • Simplify application and cluster deployment for data-heavy Kubernetes-based apps using the 1-click feature—provision entire cluster with 1 click and be operational within minutes
  • Deploy container-based clusters for data-heavy Kubernetes-based apps – a collection of containers running across commodity servers

Snapshot and Restore

  • Take unlimited application and cluster snapshots
  • Restore or refresh a cluster to any point-in-time using snapshots

Guaranteed QoS

  • Dynamic QoS controls for every resource – CPU, memory, network and storage
  • Complete bi-directional insight to troubleshoot IO related problems

Clone

  • Make rapid clones of the entire application, thick, thin, or deferred—with no performance penalties
  • Live clone a NoSQL or traditional database with a single click

High Availability

  • ROBIN monitors the health of Infrastructure, Containers, and Applications
  • App-aware failover on bare metal
  • App-aware data failover on bare metal (Only product to provide HA for apps that persist state inside Docker images)

Simplified Application Upgrade

  • Safe-Upgrade technology guarantees that failed upgrades can be rolled back without disrupting application.
  • Rolling upgrade of application containers. Integrated with CI/CD pipeline

ROBIN hyper-converged Kubernetes platform brings simplicity to DevOps and critical IT functions in the Enterprise for big data, databases, and AI/ML.

Application Management Layer

Application Management

ROBIN’s Application Management layer is the “intelligent” component of the Robin platform. This is the management component that orchestrates the entire infrastructure from an application perspective and manages data as well as Application lifecycle.

Application Management

Taking an application as the payload, the application-aware manager automatically decides the placement, provisions containers and storage for each application component, and configures the application – thus enabling 1-click deployment of even the most complex applications.

High Availability

ROBIN Application management layer also continuously monitors the entire application and infrastructure stack to automatically recover failed nodes and disks, failover applications and ensures that each application dynamically gets adequate disk IO and network bandwidth to deliver the application and infrastructure QoS Guarantee.

Application-Driven Data Lifecycle Management

ROBIN’s application-centric data management approach greatly simplifies application lifecycle management. The developer can create quick application clones and snapshots for agile development and testing. Using thin provisioning, compression, and copy-on-write technologies, ROBIN ensures that clones and snapshots are created in seconds using a minuscule amount of additional storage. Even a 100TB database can be cloned in a snap using only a few GBs of additional storage.

Kubernetes

Container Technology

ROBIN hyper-converged Kubernetes platform leverages container technology to consolidate applications with complete runtime isolation. A container is a lightweight, OS-based virtualization technology that allows the creation of compartmentalized and isolated application environment on top of the standard OS. Just as a hypervisor abstracts OS from the underlying hardware, containers help abstract applications from OS and everything underneath, leading to simplified application deployment and seamless portability across hardware and operating platforms.

Performance Sensitive Workloads

ROBIN is the first and only product in the industry that brings application lifecycle management benefits to all types of enterprise applications – including Kubernetes-based highly performance-sensitive workloads such as big datadatabases, indexing and search, and AI/ML.

Appropriate Container Configuration

Robin’s Adaptive container technology picks the appropriate container configuration depending on the application types. Traditional applications are deployed within “system containers” to provide VM-like semantics and Robin supports the deployment of stateless microservices applications such as Docker containers.

High Availability

When used with bare-metal servers, ROBIN enables “zero-performance-impact” consolidation of data-heavy databases, and other distributed applications such as Elasticsearch, with Application lifecycle management features, resulting in significant operational efficiency gains and cost reduction.

Built-in Scale-out Storage

ROBIN vs Mesosphere & Openshift

As opposed to traditional storage technology, ROBIN hyper-converged Kubernetes platform storage is industry’s first application-aware storage subsystem that is capable of managing and controlling storage and IO resources at per-application level. It is designed from the ground up to support agile sub-second volume creation, 100,000-plus-variable-sized volumes, and varied file systems and data protection needs of applications running within the containers. With ROBIN you can get decoupled compute and storage, application-driven data lifecycle management, and intelligent data protection.

Storage Persistency

Many Big Data and Database applications predate both Docker and Kubernetes and have made strong assumptions around how network and storage persistency is preserved in the event of POD restarts.  ROBIN’s handling of both network and storage ensures that these applications function correctly when running on a Kubernetes cluster.

Decoupled Compute and Storage

By decoupling storage from compute, ROBIN ensures data protection against compute failure and enables seamless application mobility. As no persistent data is stored on the compute nodes, compute layer can be elastically expanded or shrunk without any data movement or copy.

Intelligent Data Protection

ROBIN “understands” the data protection needs of application components to minimize overhead and maximize performance. For instance, stateful applications such as databases are assigned “protected volumes” using replication or erasure-coding techniques whereas the stateless components, such as web servers, are allocated standard volumes.

By providing enterprise-grade data protection at the storage layer, ROBIN obviates the need for inefficient application-level data protection, such as 3-way replication used by Hadoop and other distributed applications. This results in 50% or more storage savings and helps improve the write performance.

Built-in Networking

ROBIN Networking

ROBIN hyper-converged Kubernetes platform extends Kubernetes networking via both Calico and Open vSwitch based CNI drivers. This offers flexibility in using either overlay networks to create flexible L3 subnets that span multiple data centers or cloud environments or use bridged networking to get wire-speed network access for high-performance applications. In both modes, ROBIN also enhances the CNI driver to retain the IP address of the POD when it is restarted or moved from one host to another. This provides greater flexibility during scaling, migration and high availability.

ROBIN Networking Benefits

  • Set networking options while deploying applications and clusters
  • Provide network persistence in the event of Application Pod failures
  • Gain flexibility during scaling, migrate, on and availability
  • Ensure with ROBIN networking that the applications function well while running on Kubernetes cluster
  • Leverage Calico and Open vSwitch based CNI drivers
  • Get enhanced CNI driver to retain IP addresses during a move or restart

ROBIN Hyper-Converged Kubernetes Platform

For big data, databases, and AI/ML

ROBIN hyper-converged Kubernetes platform is a Container-based pure software solution that sits between the application and the infrastructure, lets application workflows dynamically control storage, compute, and networking resources, across on-premise and cloud. It requires no changes to the applications, has REST APIs and hooks to interface with the rest of your environment.