Financial Services with Kubernetes – Solution Brief

Big Data-as-a-Service with Kubernetes - Solution Brief

Cloud native Financial Services Applications

Robin enables financial institutions to automate deployment, scaling and lifecycle management of enterprise applications on Kubernetes. Robin simplifies the containerization of critical application pipelines including fraud analytics, real-time risk detection, & deep learning which are composed of multiple stateless and stateful applications.

Highlights

  • Define & deploy applications stack or data pipeline as a bundle on Kubernetes on-prem or in the cloud »Enable self-service provisioning and management capabilities for the entire stack.
  • Accelerate & enhance Dev/Test collaboration with application-aware cloning
  • Monitor the health of infrastructure, containers, and the entire application stacks
  • Dynamically scale-up/ scale-out in minutes, without interrupting application operations
  • Consolidate multiple Databases like Oracle RAC clusters to reduce hardware and licensing cost
  • Migrate your customized and legacy application stacks to cloud without refactoring
  • Protect your critical application stack with application aware snapshots and backup

Digital Transformation Demands Fast-paced Innovation Digital Transformation requires IT services to be delivered in a fast, agile and streamlined manner across the entire organization. Enterprises in the Financial Services industry constantly need to innovate to attract and retain customers demanding a rich digital and mobile experience. It is also critical to analyze security threats across diverse systems and applications in real-time and at the same time meet all the compliance requirements as well as achieve continous availability for critical applications.

The industry is looking at containerization and kubernetes to achieve IT agility, however, there are many challenges that significantly impact the ability of technology leaders to innovate: Infrastructure silos – Owing to years of organic growth, the application infrastructure landscape is very diverse.

Managing legacy applications and modern cloud-native applications at the same time can be challenging. Traditional methods take weeks to provision legacy applications or to provide dev/test refreshes. With release cycles shrinking due to the DevOps culture and modern architecture, developers need much faster turnaround times for their application pipeline that often include legacy applications, as many modern applications depend on legacy applications.

High licensing and Infrastructure 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.

Infrastructure lock-in – Migrating customized applications to the cloud is not easy. Locked into infrastructure choice limits your ability to scale and experiment with new ideas.

ROBIN Platform Enables “As-a-Service” Experience

ROBIN is a Software Platform for Automating Deployment, Scaling and Life Cycle Management of Enterprise Applications on Kubernetes. ROBIN automates the provisioning and day-2 operations so that you can deliver a “Self-Service” experience with 1-click deployment simplicity for developers, DBAs, and Data Scientists

 

ROBIN Storage: Advanced Data Management to run Stateful Applications on OpenShift

ROBIN Storage: Advanced Data Management to run Stateful Applications on OpenShift

Stateful Applications on OpenShift

Use the storage backed by engineering-engineering collaboration with Google Cloud Platform to run your mission-critical stateful applications on OpenShift. Bring advanced data management to Kubernetes-native frameworks including Operators.

Highlights

  • Get high-performance enterprise-grade storage trusted and validated by Google
  • Quickly and easily deploy enterprise stateful workloads on OpenShift
  • Protect app+data with replication, snapshots, backup & recovery, and enterprise-grade security
  • Bring automated management of app+data (not just storage) to Operators
  • Guarantee QoS for high priority applications by setting IOPS limits per application
  • Collaborate and share across geos and teams by cloning app+data in minutes »Easily move app+data, between on-prem and cloud(s)

Advanced Data Management for OpenShift

Kubernetes is gaining rapid enterprise adoption and customers are demanding the ability to run broader sets of workloads including stateful applications. Powered by ROBIN Storage, OpenShift offers support for running stateful applications such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Elastic Stack, Kafka, and MariaDB which require advanced data management capabilities in order to:

  • Release products on schedule with automated lifecycle management for app+data (not just the storage)
  • Collaborate across multiple teams (Dev/Test/Ops) without procedural delays
  • Recover from system failures and user errors with app+data protection capabilities
  • Avoid infrastructure lock-in with the ability to migrate from on-prem to cloud and vice versa »Deliver predictable performance with QoS guarantee for high priority applications
  • Ensure your data is safe with authentication and encryption.

Robin Storage for OpenShift Solution

Robin.io has partnered with Red Hat to bring advanced data management capabilities with Kubernetes Operators, a method of packaging, deploying and managing a Kubernetes application, to Red Hat OpenShift-tested and validated cloud-native applications and services across hybrid and multi-cloud footprints. ROBIN Storage Operator is certified by Red Hat, is available on Operator Hub – https://operatorhub.io/?category=Storage and elevates the experience from performing data management at the storage volume level into true application-centric data management for Operators.

ROBIN Storage for OpenShift Architecture

ROBIN Storage – Benefits and Business Impact

Deliver Products Faster

Automate application management ROBIN Storage is application-aware.

All lifecycle operations are performed in the context of the app+data, not just the storage volumes. For example, when you snapshot or backup a stateful application, ROBIN Storage includes data as well as the application configuration and metadata. Automating the apps+data management saves valuable time at each lifecycle operation.

Collaborate faster across teams

With ROBIN Storage, you can clone entire application environments, and share them across teams. While developing new features, your Dev team can use a clone of the production environment as the starting point to minimize errors. Upon finishing the implementation, the Dev team can create a clone of their environment and handover to QA for testing.

Use Kubernetes-native frameworks

You can provision and manage stateful applications using Kubectl, HELM, and Operator frameworks with ROBIN Storage. Using standard frameworks helps developers be productive.

Run Mission-critical Apps Confidently

Data protection for always-on applications

ROBIN provides built-in data replication to ensure High Availability. Point-in-time snapshots for apps+data enable time-travel and recovering from user mistakes, and apps+data Backup and Restore functionality enables you to recover from application crashes and/or data center downtime (Disaster Recovery).

Experience bare-metal performance

ROBIN Storage delivers near bare-metal performance with the flexibility of software-defined storage. The superior performance enables you to run mission-critical applications that require high-performance storage.

Never miss application SLAs

High priority applications need predictable performance. You can guarantee QoS for high priority applications by setting maximum IOPS limits per application. This enables you to consolidate applications on shared infrastructure and reduce hardware cost, without worrying about the noisy neighbors issue.

Rest assured your data is secure

ROBIN Storage authenticates a user’s Kubernetes-native mechanism. Your data is encrypted at rest and in transit to ensure it is protected against unauthorized intruders. ROBIN storage also comes equipped with check-sum algorithms to make your data tamper-proof.

Future-proof your Enterprise

Cloud-native data management

Kubernetes is rapidly becoming the de-facto platform to manage applications. Cloud-native architecture powered by OpenShift, containers, and ROBIN Storage enables you to modernize your application and data infrastructure and move towards the future.

Get Hybrid and Multi-Cloud flexibility

You can easily move apps+data, between on-prem and multiple clouds. Enjoy cost-efficiencies by choosing the most economic infrastructure at any given point. Avoid infrastructure lock-in with the flexibility to run your applications where you want.

Avoid vendor lock-in

Kubernetes-based architecture gives you complete control of your infrastructure. With the freedom to move your workloads across private and public clouds, you avoid vendor lock-in. ROBIN Storage also provides you the flexibility to leverage your existing on-premises SAN/NAS/DAS infrastructure.

Stateful Applications on OpenShift Solution Brief

ROBIN Storage on Operator Hub

ROBIN Storage: Advanced Data Management for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)

ROBIN Storage: Advanced Data Management for Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE)

The Need For Data Management

Stateful applications such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, MongoDB, Elastic Stack, Kafka, and MariaDB
require advanced data management capabilities in order to:

  • Release products on schedule: Automated lifecycle management for app+data (not just the
    storage) is required to save valuable time at each stage of the lifecycle. Multiple teams (Dev/
    Test/Ops) need a mechanism to collaborate without procedural delays.
  • Recover from system failures: App+data protection capabilities such as point-in-time
    snapshots, backup, and restore are required to recover from system failures and user errors.
  • Avoid infrastructure lock-in: The ability to migrate from on-prem to cloud and vice versa, and
    among the public clouds is needed to avoid infrastructure lock-in.
  • Deliver predictable performance: To guarantee QoS and to ensure high priority applications
    do not miss SLAs, you need the ability to set IOPS limits per app.
  • Eliminate security vulnerabilities: Enterprise-grade security is required with authentication and
    encryption to ensure your data is safe.

ROBIN Storage – Advanced Data Management for
Kubernetes

ROBIN Storage is a purpose-built container-native storage solution that brings advanced data management capabilities to Kubernetes. It provides automated provisioning, point-in-time snapshots, backup and recovery, application cloning, QoS guarantee, and multi-cloud migration for stateful applications on Kubernetes.

ROBIN Storage for Kubernetes – GKE

  • Get high-performance enterprise-grade storage trusted and validated by Google
  • Quickly and easily deploy enterprise workloads on any Kubernetes distribution
  • Protect app+data with replication, snapshots, backup & recovery, and enterprise-grade security
  • Bring automated management of app+data (not just storage) to kubectl, Helm, and Operators
  • Guarantee QoS for high priority applications by setting IOPS limits per application
  • Collaborate and share across geos and teams by cloning app+data in minutes »Easily move app+data, between on-prem and cloud(s)

Learn more – Advanced Data Management for Kubernetes

Elastic Stack-as-a-Service with Kubernetes Solution Brief

Elastic Stack-as-a-Service with Kubernetes Solution Brief

Turbocharge your Elastic Stack infrastructure using cloud-native architecture. Improve the agility and efficiency of your Developers, Operation teams, and Data Scientists.

Highlights »Provision custom Elastic Stack clusters on Kubernetes in minutes »Provide self-service experience to improve developer and data scientist productivity »Scale-up/scale-out Data Nodes dynamically in seconds, without interrupting cluster operations »Ensure data locality for Data Nodes for better performance »Secure your data with encryption at rest and in-motion, authentication, and RBAC »Ensure high availability using rack-aware placement rules for Master and Data Nodes »Consolidate multiple ELK clusters on shared infrastructure to reduce hardware footprint »Trade resources among ELK clusters to manage surges and periodic compute requirements

Top 5 Challenges for Elastic Stack Management The Elastic Stack has made it simple to ingest, search, analyze, and visualize data. However, following challenges keep organizations from unlocking the full potential of the Elastic Stack: »Monolithic ELK clusters: Giant shared ELK clusters slow down developers and data scientists because they cannot make the necessary customizations (e.g. a specific versions of Elasticsearch, or Beats). »Provisioning custom ELK clusters: Developers need customs stacks with different versions and combinations of Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, Beats, and Kafka. They cannot quickly provision/decommission these custom stacks themselves, without creating IT tickets. »Dynamic scaling to meet sudden demands: If a Data Node 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 to add more Data Nodes can also take weeks due to process delays. »Security concerns: Without encryption at rest, your data is vulnerable. All data should be treated as sensitive, and be secured. »Multi-cluster strategy leads to massive hardware costs: Creating dedicated clusters for individual “tenants” (teams, workloads, applications etc.) is a good strategy. But requires provisioning each cluster for peak capacity, leading to significant hardware underutilization. ROBIN Platform Enables “As-a-Service” Experience ROBIN is a Software Platform for Automating Deployment, Scaling and Life Cycle Management of Enterprise Applications on Kubernetes. ROBIN automates the provisioning and day-2 operations so that you can deliver a “Self-Service” experience with 1-click deployment simplicity for developers, DBAs, and Data Scientists

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, operations teams, and data scientists, significantly improving their productivity. It saves valuable time at each stage of application lifecycle.

Provision custom stacks in minutes

ROBIN has automated the end-to-end cluster provisioning process for the Elastic Stack, including custom stacks with different versions and combinations of Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana, Beats, and Kafka. The entire provisioning process takes only a few minutes.

Eliminate “right-size” planning delays

DevOps and IT teams can start with small deployments, and as applications grow, they can add more resources. ROBIN runs on commodity hardware, making it easy to scale-out by adding commodity servers to existing deployments.

Scale on-demand

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

Reduce Costs

Improve hardware utilization

ROBIN provides performance isolation and role-based access controls (RBAC) to consolidate multiple ELK workloads without compromising SLAs and QoS, increasing hardware utilization and reducing cost. Ensuring data locality for Data Nodes also provides better performance, reducing hardware footprint.

Simplify lifecycle operations

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

Trade resources among ELK clusters

Reduce your hardware cost by sharing the compute resources between clusters. If an ELK cluster runs the majority of its batch jobs during the night-time, it can borrow a resource from an adjacent ELK cluster with day-time peaks, and vice versa.

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 provisioning and management of mission-critical ELK deployments. ROBIN also eliminates the need to manually define and manage individual K8S configuration objects such as PVC, PV, StatefulSets, Services, etc.

No cloud 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.

Enterprise-grade security and HA

ROBIN provides encryption at rest out of the box, bringing an extra layer of security. Rack-aware placement rules for Master and Data Nodes ensures your HA setup is production-ready.

Elastic Stack-as-a-Service Solution Brief

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.

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

 

Big Data-as-a-Service with Kubernetes – Solution Brief

Big Data-as-a-Service with Kubernetes - Solution Brief

Automate your Big Data infrastructure using cloud-native architecture and ROBIN big data-as-a-service. Improve the agility and efficiency of your Data Scientists, Data Engineers, and Developers.

Highlights – Big Data-as-a-Serivice with ROBIN

  • Decouple compute and storage and scale independently to achieve public cloud flexibility
  • Migrate big data clusters to public cloud or leverage public cloud to off-load compute
  • Provision/Decommission compute-only clusters within minutes for ephemeral workloads
  • Provide self-service experience to improve developer and data scientist productivity
  • Eliminate planning delays, start small and dynamically scale-up/out nodes to meet demand
  • Consolidate multiple workloads on shared infrastructure to reduce hardware footprint
  • Trade resources among big data clusters to manage surges & periodic compute requirements

Top 5 Challenges for Big Data Management

Big data has transformed how we store and process data. However, following challenges keep organizations from unlocking the full potential of big data and maximizing ROI:

»Provisioning agility for ephemeral workloads: Certain workloads, such as ad-hoc analysis, require significant compute resources for a short period of time. Developers need the ability to quickly provision and decommission compute-only clusters for such workloads.

»Separation of compute and storage: Big data needs converged nodes with both compute and storage for data locality. However, compute is significantly more expensive than storage, and with ever-increasing data volumes, infrastructure costs are rising.

»Dynamic scaling to meet sudden demands: If critical services such as the NameNode run out of resources, it is not easy to scale-up nodes on the fly to add more memory or CPU.

»Cluster sprawl and hardware underutilization: Due to lack of reliable multi-tenancy and performance isolation, Hadoop Admins often deploy separate clusters for critical workloads, resulting in cluster sprawl and poor utilization of server resources.

»Cloud migration: There is no easy way to migrate big data clusters to public clouds, or leverage public cloud compute and storage as needed for on-prem clusters.

ROBIN Hyper-converged Kubernetes Platform

ROBIN platform extends Kubernetes with built-in storage, networking, and application management to deliver a production-ready solution for big data. ROBIN automates the provisioning and management of big data clusters so that you can deliver an “as-a-service” experience with 1-click simplicity to data engineers, data scientists, and developers.

Get big data-as-a-service with ROBIN

Solution Benefits and Business Impact

ROBIN brings together the simplicity of hyper-convergence and the agility of Kubernetes for big data-as-a-service.

Deliver Insights Faster

Self-service experience

ROBIN provides self-service provisioning and management capabilities to developers, data engineers, and data scientists, significantly improving their productivity. It saves valuable time at each stage of the application lifecycle.

Provision clusters in minutes

ROBIN has automated the end-to-end cluster provisioning process for Hortonworks, Cloudera, Spark, Kafka, and custom stacks. The entire provisioning process takes only a few minutes.

Provision compute-only clusters

You can create and decommission compute-only clusters for Hortonworks, Cloudera, and your custom big data stacks. Perfect for ephemeral workloads, these clusters simply point to existing data lake cluster in your organization, do the required processing, and store the data in the target systems.

Eliminate “right-size” planning delays

DevOps and IT teams can start with small deployments, and as applications grow, they can add more resources. ROBIN runs on commodity hardware, making it easy to scale-out by adding commodity servers to existing deployments.

Scale on-demand during surges

No need to create IT tickets wait for days to scale-up NameNodes, or to add more DataNodes. Cut the response time to few minutes with 1-click scale-up and scale-out.

Reduce Costs with ROBIN Big Data-as-a-Service

Decouple compute and storage

Enjoy the cost efficiencies by decoupling compute (CPU and memory) and storage. Store massive data volumes on storage-only inexpensive hardware, and use compute efficiently to process the data when needed. Simply turn on data locality with 1-click when you really need it.

Improve hardware utilization

ROBIN provides multi-tenancy and role-based access controls (RBAC) to consolidate multiple big data and database workloads without compromising SLAs and QoS, increasing hardware utilization.

Simplify lifecycle operations

Native integration between Kubernetes, storage, network, and application management layer enables 1-click operations to scale, snapshot, clone, backup, migrate applications, reducing the administrative cost of your big data infrastructure.

Trade resources among clusters

Reduce your hardware cost by sharing the compute between clusters. If a cluster runs the majority of its batch jobs during the night-time, it can borrow a resource from an adjacent application cluster with day-time peaks, and vice versa.

Future-Proof Your Enterprise

Migrate or extend to public cloud

ROBIN provides 1-click lift-and-shift for big data clusters. Simply clone your entire cluster and migrate to the public cloud of your choice. You can also scale-out your clusters to the public cloud from on-prem to create hybrid cloud environment.

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 Hadoop deployments.

No vendor lock-in

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

Get ROBIN Solution Brief – Big Data-as-a-Service with Kubernetes