Virtualization hasn’t helped ease management problems either. While Web and App components can be deployed in VMs, the supporting Database is often deployed on bare metal servers for performance reasons. This makes matters worse as the manag ement processes and tools radically differ across application tiers and also between production and non-production environments.
The Burden on IT Administrators
Traditional enterprise applications are the lifeblood of any business. Many of these applications were written more than a decade ago, and yet most companies are still struggling to deploy and operate these applications using the existing data center infrastructure and tooling. This puts an enormous burden on application developers and IT administrators to manually deploy applications and its dependencies, manage data lifecycle, and deliver the desired quality of service, all while meeting business SLAs.
Robin Solution – Give a New Life to Enterprise Applications
Your existing enterprise applications do not have to continue suffering their current fate and can benefit from the advantages of container-based Robin Cloud Platform (RCP).
- Get virtualization benefits with guaranteed bare metal performance
- Manage Application lifecycle from an intuitive interface
- Leverage commodity storage
Benefits for your Enterprise Applications
40% Higher Hardware Utilization
Cluster consolidation and App-to-spindle QoS
Elastic Cloning and Scaling
Scale up or out for seasonal spikes & create thin clones on the fly
40% Lower Costs
Eliminate infrastructure silos for modern and enterprise applications
Deploy, snapshot, clone, consolidate workload with guaranteed performance
- How containers can help create a fluid, elastic, and application-aware infrastructure platform that simplifies application management and accelerates time to market.
- How containerization reduces costs by eliminating infrastructure silos for not just your modern applications, but also your existing enterprise applications.
- How Robin Containerization Platform combines containers, storage, networking, and application orchestration to deliver multiple benefits.
- How to instantly deploy, snapshot, clone, and time-travel applications consolidate workload with guaranteed performance and increase hardware utilization 2x-3x.
1-Click Provisioning for all Applications
- Simplify cluster deployment using application-aware fabric controller—provision an entire operational data pipeline within minutes
- Deploy container-based “virtual clusters” running across commodity servers
- Automate tasks – create, schedule and operate virtual application clusters
- Scale-up or scale-out instantaneously to meet application performance demands
Robin’s application-aware fabric controller simplifies deployment and lifecycle management using container-based “virtual clusters.” Each cluster node is deployed within a container. The collection of containers running across servers makes the “virtual cluster.” This allows Robin to automate all tasks pertaining to the creation, scheduling, and operation of these virtual application clusters, to the extent that an entire data pipeline can be provisioned or cloned with a single click and minimal upfront planning or configuration.
Guaranteed App-to-Spindle Performance
- Build elastic infrastructure that provides all resources to each application as needed
- Create single-click clone of entire data pipeline
- Get out-of-the-box 2-way or 3-way replication
- Create thin clones on the fly without affecting data in production
- Achieve data sharing pointing HDFS of one cluster to another
It is necessary to scale up or out as demand for resources spikes and then comes back to normal. Robin enables you to scale up with a single click by allocating more resources to the application. Robin enables you to scale out easily when you need to add nodes and helps you clone parts of your data when you need give data to developers and analysts for analytics, test upgrades, testing changes or for integration testing.
Full Application Clone & Time Travel
- Eliminate cluster sprawl with data pipeline components on the same shared hardware
- Enable multi-tenancy with performance isolation and dynamic performance controls
- Leverage dynamic QoS controls for every resource – CPU, memory, network and storage
Robin eliminates cluster sprawl by deploying a data pipeline on shared hardware. This also results in better hardware utilization. The key to successful multi-tenancy is the ability to provide performance isolation and dynamic performance controls. The Robin application-aware fabric controller equips each virtual cluster with dynamic QoS controls for every resource that it depends on – CPU, memory, network, and storage. This creates a truly elastic infrastructure that delivers CPU, memory, network and storage resources – both capacity and performance – to an application exactly at the instant it is needed.
Automatic & Transparent Fault Tolerance
- Take unlimited cluster snapshots
- Restore or refresh a cluster to any point-in-time using snapshots.
Robin provides out of the box support for application time travel. Cluster level distributed snapshots at pre-defined intervals can be really useful to restore the entire pipeline or parts of it if anything goes wrong. Robin recommends admins to take snapshots before making any major changes. Whether you are upgrading the software version or making a configuration change make sure to have a snapshot. If anything goes wrong the entire cluster can be restored to the last known snapshot in matter of minutes.
Application Scale Up and Scale Out
- Scale up/down for transient spikes – Dynamically add/remove resources such as CPU, memory, read and write IOPs in real time
- Scale out for steady and consistent increase in load – Add nodes to distributed application clusters
Typical enterprise applications tend to be very read and write intensive. Consequently, the performance of an enterprise application is heavily dependent on the database performance.
Robin supports both multiple forms of scaling. It provides the ability to add nodes (with underlying infrastructure) to the application server or database clusters, and also provides the ability to dynamically and at real-time add & remove resources like CPU, memory, read and write IOPs to application components.
With flexibility like this, Robin allows you to apply the appropriate scaling techniques to the appropriate tiers. For example, the web and app tiers, typically, benefit from horizontal scaling with the addition of new instances and their registration with a load balancer, while for the database layer, you would rather add or remove IOPs or CPUs based on the workload needs.