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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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. 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



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.

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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

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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Implementing Oracle Database-as-a-Service for Cloud-Like Agility

Implementing Oracle Database-as-a-Service for Cloud-Like Agility

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Bringing Oracle and Oracle RAC to Life using Hyper-converged Kubernetes

What You Need to Know

A growing number of organizations are turning to Docker containers to help solve really big application requirements.  Among the biggest out there are those imposed by Oracle and Oracle RAC.  What if you could deploy Oracle or Oracle RAC as a stateless cloud-native workload in your environment?  Transform a complex process into one with an App Store-like experience.

Innovative enterprises are graduating to the next step – employing Kubernetes to orchestrate stateful databases and big data applications.  Don’t believe it?  See lifecycle management tasks for Oracle and Oracle RAC in action!

  • Discover the essentials that you need to know to run an Oracle database or even Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) using clustered Docker containers that are orchestrated using Kubernetes.
  • Be treated to a live demo during which you will see how various different database lifecycle management tasks can be performed with just a click of a button
  • Receive an introduction to the Robin Hyper-Converged Kubernetes Platform
  • Get real-world examples from enterprise customers who are deriving value by modernizing their data infrastructure using the Robin Hyper-Converged Platform

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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.

Kubernetes for Stateful Applications Running databases, big data and AI/ML workloads in enterprise

Kubernetes for Stateful Applications Running databases, big data and AI/ML workloads in enterprise

Enterprise cloud-native requirements demand a robust platform that can support stateless and stateful workloads along with the necessary performance and SLA guarantees. Robin Hyper-Converged Kubernetes platform is built from the ground up to deploy enterprise applications. With an App-Store model for deploying stateful applications, Robin provides agility to DevOps teams with enterprise-grade performance. Introduction In today’s competitive market, enterprise IT faces an unenviable task of supporting innovation while enabling support for a variety of complex applications. Whether it is new applications with stateless architectures or existing stateful data-intensive applications, IT is expected to be the core part of the innovation team by empowering developers with right abstractions and enabling an agile workflow from developer laptop to production. In order to meet the demands of modern enterprise, IT has embraced cloud-native as the core pillar of their modernization strategy.

Kubernetes is the standard for container orchestration in the cloud-native ecosystem. Kubernetes, developed by Google and now part of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), is an open source container orchestration engine used for the deployment, scaling and management of containers. The increase in market demand for Kubernetes is driving the platform as the standard for container orchestration. A vibrant ecosystem has emerged around Kubernetes, increasing the momentum of the project.

In the past two years, more organizations are using Kubernetes in production. According to a recent CNCF survey, 58% of respondents are using Kubernetes in production. This number will increase in the coming years as more enterprises go cloud-native. This trend is further highlighted by the report released by Dice and Their report claims Kubernetes was the top job searched in 2018 and this trend will grow further in 2019. The advantage of Kubernetes lies in the low operational overhead, easier DevOps and a better abstraction for developers to deploy their applications. Kubernetes supports both on-premises and cloud-based deployments. The support for hybrid/multi-cloud deployments makes Kubernetes attractive for enterprises.

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Oracle-as-a-Service with Kubernetes – Solution Brief

Oracle-as-a-Service with Kubernetes - Solution Brief

Automate your Oracle infrastructure using cloud-native architecture. Improve the agility and efficiency of your Developers, DBAs, and BI teams.

Highlights – Oracle-as-a-Service with Kubernetes

  • Provision Oracle databases, including Oracle RAC clusters, on Kubernetes in minutes
  • Provide self-service experience to improve developer and DBA productivity
  • Clone and share databases and applications among Dev, QA, and Prod teams within minutes
  • Actively synchronize Production and Dev/ Test databases without impacting performance
  • Time-travel to point-in-time application states using snapshots
  • Scale-up/scale-out dynamically in minutes, without interrupting database operations
  • Migrate your customized Oracle databases and EBS applications to cloud without refactoring
  • Consolidate multiple Oracle RAC clusters to reduce hardware and licensing cost

Top 5 Challenges for Oracle-as-a-Service Management

DevOps culture demands faster provisioning and Dev/Test refreshes: Traditional methods of creating IT tickets take weeks to provision new databases or to provide dev/test refreshes of production databases. With release cycles shrinking, developers need much faster turnaround times.

Dynamic scaling to meet sudden demands: If a Database Server runs out of resources, there is no easy way to scale-up the node “on-the-fly” by adding more memory or CPU. Scaling-out Oracle RAC clusters can also take weeks due to process delays.

Massive licensing and hardware costs: Creating dedicated clusters for individual “tenants” (teams, workloads, applications etc.) is required due to challenges with performance isolation. Each cluster is deployed for peak capacity, leading to significant licensing and hardware costs.

Cloud migration: Migrating Oracle databases and customized applications (e.g. EBS) to cloud is not easy. Lift-and-shift is the easier approach but does not bring the benefits of cloud-native architecture, and refactoring applications to make them cloud-native is expensive and time-consuming.

High availability and auto-failover: Oracle RAC licenses and additional hardware is needed for HA, adding to already high costs.

Robin Hyper-converged Kubernetes Platform

Robin Hyper-converged Kubernetes platform extends Kubernetes with built-in storage, networking, and application management to deliver a production-ready solution for Oracle. Robin automates the provisioning and management of Oracle databases so that you can deliver an “oracle-as-a-service” experience with 1-click simplicity to developers, DBAs, and BI teams.

Solution Benefits and Business Impact

Robin brings together the simplicity of hyper-convergence and the agility of Kubernetes.

Deliver Insights Faster

Self-service experience

Robin provides self-service provisioning and management capabilities to developers, DBAs, and BI teams, significantly improving their productivity. It saves valuable time at each stage of the application lifecycle.

Provision databases in minutes

Robin has automated the end-to-end database provisioning process for Oracle, including Oracle RAC. The entire provisioning process is a 1-click operation and takes only a few minutes.

Agile Dev/Test refreshes

You can clone databases with 1-click and share among Development, QA, and Operations teams. Getting a Dev/ Test refresh from a production database only takes a few minutes and is completely self-service. Moreover, the Robin’s copy-on-write cloning method significantly reduces storage requirements. Robin’s unique “TestMaster” utility also keeps Prod and Dev/Test copies in sync without causing any performance impact on Production databases.

Scale on-demand

No need to create IT tickets and wait for days to scale-up Database Servers by adding more memory, CPU, or Storage, or to sale-out by adding more nodes to Oracle RAC. Cut the response time to few minutes with 1-click scale-up and scale-out.

Reduce Costs

Improve hardware utilization

Robin provides performance isolation with min/max IOPS control for guaranteed QoS, and role-based access controls (RBAC) to consolidate multiple Oracle workloads without compromising SLAs, reducing hardware cost.

Reduce licensing costs

Robin uses container technology, providing better performance/CPU and eliminating the VM performance penalty. The ability to scale as you need also means you don’t overprovision CPUs. As a result, you reduce Oracle licensing costs.

Simplify lifecycle operations

Native integration between Kubernetes, storage, network, and application management layer enables 1-click operations to provision, scale, snapshot, clone, backup, migrate for Oracle databases and applications, reducing the administrative cost.

Future-proof your Enterprise

Standardize on Kubernetes

Modernize your data infrastructure using cloud-native technologies such as Kubernetes and Docker. Robin solves the storage and network persistency challenges in Kubernetes to enable its use in the provisioning, management, high availability and fault tolerance of mission-critical Oracle deployments.

Migrate to public cloud

Robin provides easy cloud migration for Oracle databases as well as customized multi-tiered Oracle applications such as EBS. Simply containerize and clone your entire application cluster, including data, and migrate to the public cloud of your choice.

No vendor lock-in

Kubernetes-based architecture gives you complete control of your infrastructure. With the multi-cloud portability, you have the freedom to move your workloads across private and public clouds, you avoid vendor lock-in.

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Infographic: Building Stateful Cloud Applications With Containers

Infographic: Building Stateful Cloud Applications With Containers

Tips From Top Thinkers

Building Stateful Cloud Applications With Containers

The continued expansion of the cloud, growing end-user application performance demands, and an explosion in database needs are all stacking up fast against enterprise IT teams. When it comes to building enterprise database and big data applications, many are finding that container technology solves for at least a few of these problems. Here are stats and tips from top thinkers on how to best use containers when building stateful cloud applications.

Persistent Storage is a Top Challenge

26% of IT professionals cited “persistent storage” as a top challenge, when it comes to leveraging containers.

Streamline Until It Hurts “Some of the best writers have said they refine their work by cutting till it hurts. Containers are the same way.” Eric Vanderburg Vice President, Cybersecurity | TCDI

Isolate Containers & Hosts “Maintaining isolation between the container and hosts system by separating the file systems is vital towards management of the stateful application.” Craig Brown, PhD Senior Big Data Architect & Data Science Consultant

Select an Intelligent Orchestrator “An intelligent orchestrator along with a softwaredefined storage with software-defined networking is very essential for running a cloud-based application.” Deba Chatterjee Senior Engineering Program Manager | Apple

A Majority of Enterprises are Investing in Containers

69% of IT pros reported their companies are investing in containers 69

Validate All States “What they all (containerized stateful apps) have in common is the requirement to reliably validate all possible states and state transitions when changes are made to the application.” Marc Hornbeek Principal Consultant – Dev Ops | Trace3

Ensure You Can Monitor All Containers “Containerised applications are addictive. They can be created, tested and deployed very quickly when compared to traditional VMs. The infrastructure to begin monitoring a potentially vast and varying number of new containers is essential.” Stephen Thair Co-Founder | DevOpsGuys

Ofset Workloads with Containers “Stateful applications often reside in 1 or 2 geographical locations and take heavy loads … and at diferent times during peak and of-peak periods. Understanding these variables will enable an operations team to determine how to best design the use of container applications.” Steve Brown Director, DevOps Solutions N.A. | Lenovo

Top Container Orchestrators Now More Popular Than DevOps Tools

When choosing a platform, 35% felt Docker was the best fit for them among all DevOps tools

Get Infrastructure Pros Excited “A lot of people focus too much on the fact that “those application guys” are coming to mess with our infrastructure, instead of thinking that maybe we can elevate our own jobs and start working more closely with applications.” Stephen Foskett Proprietor | Foskett Services

Follow Design Microservices Principles “One of the fundamental aspects of containers is moving to immutable application infrastructure, which means that you cannot store state and application in the same container.” JP Morgenthal CTO Application Ser

Don’t Use Containers for Data Storage “When dealing with stateful applications, precautions need to be taken to ensure that you are not compromising or losing data.” Sylvain Kalache Co-Founder | Holberton School

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