Global Financial Services Leader Modernizes Big Data on Robin

Global Financial Services Leader Modernizes Big Data on Robin

Migrating from Cloud to Cloud-Native; Accelerating your ELK deployment; Modernize Your Financial Stack

April 2020: Robin.io Newsletter

April 2020
Robin.io Newsletter

Migrating from Cloud to Cloud-Native; Accelerating your ELK deployment; Modernize Your Financial Stack

In this issue:
  • [Intellyx Analyst Brief] Migrating from Cloud to Cloud-Native
  • [White Paper] Unlocking the Full Potential of Your ELK Stack on Kubernetes
  • [Blog] App Modernization is an Imperative for Financial Services

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March 2020: Robin.io Newsletter

March 2020
Robin.io Newsletter

With over 12 million customers and $125 billion in assets under management, this Fortune 500 financial services organization is America’s leading homeowner and auto insurance company.

In this issue:
  • Forcing Functions: Economic Uncertainty and Infrastructure Modernization
  • Wasted Cloud Spend to Exceed $17.6 Billion in 2020
  • Modernize Your ELK Stack
  • Application and Infrastructure
  • Topology Awareness

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Global Fortune 500 Financial Services Leader Gains Efficiency and Agility on Robin

Global Fortune 500 Financial Services Leader Gains Efficiency and Agility on Robin

With over 12 million customers and $125 billion in assets under management, this Fortune 500 financial services organization is America’s leading homeowner and auto insurance company.

Offering a full range of financial products and services to its constituents, this company uses technology platforms and solutions to enable its customers to access the services any way they like, including by telephone, Internet, mail, fax, any bank’s ATM machines, and their own mobile devices. To provide this level of access and flexibility, the company maintains an IT Infrastructure that processes petabytes of data, and has moved its data center architecture from hardware-defined to software-defined in order to increase business agility.

This financial company processes billions of security events each day and leverages the Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana (ELK) stack for event aggregation, monitoring, and visualization for cybersecurity threat detection. The company also operates an IBM Db2 data warehouse for business analytics and a Kafka cluster for stream processing.

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Robin Platform

Robin Platform

Robin Platform Datasheet

Automate Enterprise Applications on Kubernetes

Extend Kubernetes for data-intensive applications such as Oracle, Cloudera, Elastic stack, RDBMS, NoSQL, and other stateful applications.

Robin Platform

Robin is a Software Platform for Automating Deployment, Scaling and Life Cycle Management of Enterprise Applications on Kubernetes. Robin provides a self-service App-store experience and combines containerized storage, networking, compute (Kubernetes), and the application management layer into a single system.

Robin.io helps enterprises increase productivity, lower costs – CAPEX and OPEX, and enables always-on automation with technology solutions for big data, databases, indexing and search, and industry solutions for financial services and telco.

This software-only solution runs on-premises in your private data center or in public-cloud (AWS, Azure, GCP) environments and enables 1-click deployment of any application. Robin enables 1-click simplicity for lifecycle management operations such as snapshot, clone, patch, upgrade, backup, restore, scale, & QoS control of the entire application. Robin solves fundamental challenges of running big data & databases in Kubernetes & enables deployment of an agile & flexible Kubernetes-based infrastructure for Enterprise Applications.

Key Benefits

  • Increase Productivity
  • Lower Cost – CAPEX and OPEX
  • Gain Always-on Availability
  • Run data-heavy applications on Kubernetes

Robin Platform Stack Components

Application Management Layer – Manage Applications and configure Kubernetes, Storage & Networking with Application workflows.

Kubernetes – Run big data and databases in extended Kubernetes, eliminating limitations that restrict Kubernetes to micro-services applications.

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.

Built-in Networking – Set networking options while deploying apps and clusters in Kubernetes and preserve IP addresses during restarts.

Robin Platform Features and Benefits

Features

Benefits

Rapid Deployment – Self-service 1-click
App-store experience.

Slash deployment and management times from weeks and hours to minutes. Deploy and manage data-heavy apps and services in Kubernetes.

Control QoS – Dynamic control QoS for every resource – CPU, Memory, Network and Storage.

Get complete visibility into the underlying infrastructure, set min and max IOPs, eliminate noisy neighbor issue, and gain performance guarantee.

Rapid clones – Clone the entire application along with its data – thick, thin, or deferred.

No performance penalties, backup data with ease, share data among users and applications, among dev, test, and prod, with no additional storage.

Application Snapshots – Take unlimited full application cluster snapshots, which include application configuration + data

Restore or refresh a cluster to any point-in-time using snapshots. Roll back easily with 1-click to the last snapshot in case of data corruption.

Scale – Decouple compute and storage,
scale independently.

Scale out – add nodes. Scale up – increase CPU, Memory and IOPs.

High Availability – No single point of failure – get reliable crossover and detect failures.

Get automatic App-aware data failover for complex distributed applications on bare metal – Robin is the ONLY product to provide HA for apps that persist state inside Docker images.

Upgrade – Automated rolling upgrade of application containers that is integrated with
CI/CD pipeline.

Safe-Upgrade technology guarantees that failed upgrades can be rolled back without disrupting the application.

Enterprise Data Apps-as-a-Service – Sample Customer Deployments

Fortune 500 Financial Services Leader

  • 11 billion security events ingested and analyzed in a day
  • DevOps simplicity for Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, Kafka

Global Networking and Security Leader

  • 6 Petabytes under active management in a single Robin cluster
  • Agility, consolidation for Cloudera, Impala, Kafka, Druid

Global Technology Company – Travel Industry

  • 400 Oracle RAC databases managed by a single Robin cluster
  • Self-service environment for Oracle, Oracle RAC
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Provision Oracle RAC Database as a Service with Robin Platform


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Oracle RAC Database as a Service – Provision with Robin Platform

See how easy it is for anybody to stand up an entirely new Oracle RAC environment including the grid infrastructure installation the ASM configuration and finally create the RAC database tool.

Log into the Robin Hyperconverged Kubernetes Platform console. Go straight to the application bundle screen. In this case, we just have a couple of simple bundles, one of which is our Oracle RAC bundle. So we’ll just simply click on that to provision Oracle RAC. On-click, we are immediately presented with the provisioning workflow associated with this application.

We will name our application. We’ll just call this Oracle RAC demo. Now we’ve got a couple of network interfaces we need to consider because for Oracle RAC both the public and private IP address ranges are available here. This is where we specify the public address because this is how the application will receive connection requests we’ve got the ability to specify the size of the cluster – both in terms of the number of nodes and the amount of compute and memory capacity.

This gives us the ability to shape the way in which the database will be laid out. In this case, we are going to change the default from flash to spinning disk because we, in this case, don’t have enough flash memory available for this particular deployment. We will then move down here to specify our private interconnect IP address and specify our single client address name for RAC. We’ll scroll on down to find a number of other environment variables which may be passed through robin for this deployment.

We’ve got the ability to define how we will declare ASM disk group redundancy – various credentials and then we have our placement rules where we can control how these resources will be deployed on the physical robin cluster. In this case, we need to be able to allow for multiple RAC instances on the same physical node in the cluster because we only have two nodes in our demo environment.

Simply click on provision application from that screen. This will kick off the deployment of our RAC environment. The provisioning process goes through a number of different phases beginning with the deployment of the V nodes or the actual virtual nodes or pods in the cluster running a variety of scripts to complete the configuration of the RAC environment itself from an Oracle perspective through the UI. After this, it is really just in a matter of minutes as we have our entirely fresh new RAC environment up and running.

View Provision Oracle RAC demo to learn more.

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Scale Out Oracle RAC Database as a Service with Robin Platform


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Oracle RAC Database as a Service – How to Scale

See how easy it is for anybody to stand up an entirely new Oracle RAC environment including the grid infrastructure installation the ASM configuration and finally create the RAC database tool.

You have seen how easy it is to deploy a fresh new Oracle RAC database environment. But what if we want to know how our workload might respond when adding a third node to the cluster? In other words, test the scalability of that particular workload when adding a third node.

So it’s really easy. We just click on “Scale Out” for the application and here we can define the number of nodes by which we want to extend this cluster. This is done simply by sliding across this bar but for this demonstration purpose, we need to add a single node. We can also explicitly
call out a hostname for the new node. We can go back and tweak some of the environment variables as input for this new operation but for this demo, we really don’t need to make any of these changes.

So let’s just close these out and just simply click on the “Scale Out” button to begin the process for extending our RAC cluster. Behind the scenes, Robin is making all the necessary calls to Oracle to affect the extension of the cluster – in very much the same way as you might through conventional means for any other installation ensuring that from an Oracle perspective things are all agreeable with the configuration. You can see the success of the operation in this window. We’ll close this window and now we are back on our application screen with the newly refreshed view to find that our third node has been added.

We can see the new IP addresses – the physical host on which the new container has been deployed. Let’s just jump back into the new container – rather do a similar verification to see that we have actually successfully reshaped RAC database environment with three nodes from two nodes. We now log into Oracle set our environment through SRB CTL. Let’s just do a status again of our Robin database so we can see that we’ve got our Robin three instance now, which has been added and it’s now running on our new V node.

In the new container in the Robin cluster, we can see the new vip is added and is up and running. The resources have been successfully configured across the new node and if we go back into SQL plus and log back into the database itself and do once again a query of gv$instance, we can see that we had the databases up and fully available across all three instances of the cluster. Okay, so we exit out of that. We’re back to the UI and so now what if we want to scale back in? So we need to shrink that cluster – testing is completed – so we need to shrink that cluster back to two nodes –

Watch the demo to understand how to scale back.

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Clone Oracle RAC Database as a Service with Robin Platform


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Clone Oracle RAC Database as a Service with Robin Platform

We have a database application that is up and running. Now let’s take a look at how easy it is to take snapshots of that application and then subsequently perform cloning operations.

Create Snapshot

Creating a snapshot is quite easy with Robin. We have the option to provide a name for the snapshot or just use the default – which is what we’ll do here. We can look at some of the operations behind the scenes that are going to occur with respect to freezing IO and quiescing the application to maintain consistency. We will then see the newly created snapshot.

From here we have the option for restoring back to that point in time or in this case we were going to perform a thin clone operation based on that snapshot. Here we want to name the clone. It’s essentially an entirely new application stack that will be stood up as part of this operation. So we need to give it a name just as we would give the original application when it was provisioned.

Therefore, we also need to specify both the public and the private IP addresses, because again, this is a RAC database application. We could tweak the capacity for this app and we’ll just leave that the same specify the private IP address and just simply launch the operation by clicking on the clone. This takes a few minutes.

We can again take a look at some of the operations that are occurring behind the scenes with respect to deploying the application. It’s relatively quick and at this point, we can close out this window.

View Oracle RAC Clone and the original application

Now we will be presented with the new application screen as it relates to this new clone cloned app with all the related information in terms of the new nodes that have been provisioned – IP addresses etc. So then if we go back and just click on the general application screen then we can get a summary. you can see the original application and the newly cloned deployment and the snapshot on which it was based.


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Hyperconverged Kubernetes

Hyperconverged Kubernetes

Executive Summary – Hyperconverged Kubernetes White Paper

Kubernetes is the de-facto standard for container orchestration for microservices and applications. However, enterprise adoption of big data and databases using containers and Kubernetes is hindered by multiple challenges such as complexity of persistent storage, network, and application lifecycle management. Kubernetes provides the agility and scale modern enterprises need. Although, it provides the building blocks for infrastructure, not a turnkey solution.

On the other hand, Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI) provides a turnkey solution by combining virtualized compute(hypervisor), storage, and network in a single system. It eliminates the complexity of integrating infrastructure components by providing an out of the box solution that runs enterprise applications.

We believe combining Kubernetes and the principles of HCI brings simplicity to Kubernetes and creates a turnkey solution for data-heavy workloads. Hyper-converged Kubernetes technology with built-in enterprise-grade container storage and flexible overlay networking extends Kubernetes’ multi-cloud portability to big data, databases, and AI/ML.

Introducing: Hyper-Converged Kubernetes

What is hyper-convergence? Hyper-converged Infrastructure is a software-defined IT framework that combines compute, storage, and networking in a single system. HCI virtualizes all components of the traditional hardware-defined IT infrastructure. Typically, HCI systems consist of a hypervisor for virtualized computing, a software-defined storage (SDS) component, and a software-defined networking (SDN) component.

Hyper-converged Infrastructure software runs on X-86 based commodity hardware. It provides a complete environment for running enterprise applications, which means IT teams do not have to stitch together various pieces needed to to run the applications. All the required components are provided out of the box.

What is Kubernetes?

Kubernetes (also commonly referred to as K8s) is a container orchestration system that automates lifecycle operations such as deployment, scaling, and management for containerized applications. It was initially developed by Google, and later open-sourced. It is now managed by Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Kubernetes groups containers into logical units called “Pod”s. A pod is a collection of containers that belong together and should run on the same node. Kubernetes provides a Pod-centric management environment. It orchestrates compute, storage, and networking resources for workloads defined as Pods. Kubernetes can be used as a platform for containers, microservices, and private clouds.