Robin Systems Adds Support for Azure, HANA, MS-SQL, DB2

This sounds almost too good to be true: Robin's open source-based software enables users to deploy, manage and consolidate all their cloud-based big data, NoSQL and database workloads in a single control panel.

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In the cloud services management business, there’s one thing nobody can have too much of—and that’s choice.

Robin Systems, which describes itself as the only container-based, application-defined infrastructure software provider, is enlarging its menu of options. The San Jose, Calif.-based company announced March 6 the release of its Robin Cloud Platform 4.0, which has expanded its hybrid cloud support to Microsoft Azure in addition to Amazon Web Services along with on-premise installations.

So, more deployment choices are evident here. But that’s not all. The new release also adds SAP HANA, IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL and packaged enterprise apps to Robin’s existing support for all big data, NoSQL and Oracle workloads.

Manage All Cloud Services in One Package

Robin Systems sounds almost too good to be true. Its open source-based software enables users to deploy, manage and consolidate all their cloud-based big data, NoSQL and database workloads in a single control panel. This latest version enables users to migrate any enterprise data app, modern or legacy, from on-premise to cloud or between clouds.

Robin Cloud Platform is a container-based pure software solution that sits between the application and the infrastructure and enables 1-click application workflows for the user by letting the applications auto-configure storage, compute and networking across on-premise and cloud-based environments.

It uses RESTful APIs and hooks to interface with the rest of the ecosystem and requires no changes to the applications. Robin also offers a free and fully featured Community Edition (CE) of its Cloud Platform for enterprise databases, big data, and NoSQL.

You can download a free copy of the software to handle up to five nodes.

It's Also About Enabling DevOps Initiatives

Robin Systems is all about enabling DevOps, which are software development processes that involve not only the code writers but also the engineers who deploy the software in the field and make sure it does what it's supposed to do.

DevOps emphasizes cooperation between developers and IT operations. The goal is to change and improve the relationship between software developers and operations by advocating better communication and collaboration between the two business units.

Where once there were difficult professional walls to scale within an enterprise, DevOps is breaking them down and enabling teamwork-type environments.

The company also claims its cloud platform is the only solution that lets users share resources across multiple applications and other users while guaranteeing performance isolation within the same deployment. It also claims to be the only such platform that slashes deployment times from days to minutes.

‘Define Once, Run Anywhere’

Enterprise applications designed for a specific on-premises or a specific cloud deployment can be hard to port, because there is a strong dependency between application workflows and infrastructure. Compute, network and storage APIs vary dramatically across on-premises, AWS and Azure infrastructure stacks.

Robin’s application-aware compute, network and storage layers decouple applications and infrastructure so that the applications can be easily moved around and the infrastructure can be anywhere–on-premises, in AWS or in Azure.

Most big data and database workloads are not easily containerized because they have many complex services with tight interdependencies that do not follow the classic Docker micro-service philosophy. This problem is even more severe for enterprise applications built before the Docker wave changed the way applications were developed and delivered about four years ago.

Robin claims it has implemented its own features in networking and storage layers that let it handle all these special cases smoothly.

Running complex distributed and clustered apps across many server and storage nodes and terabytes or petabytes of data, possibly mirrored across multiple locations and in a shared infrastructure, requires a holistic application-level view, optimizing meta-data primitives across the entire application I/O path. As a result, a pure Kubernetes scheduler deployment with storage plug-ins that might work for simple apps is not enough for large, distributed enterprise applications.

Block Storage Software Can Scale Across Petabytes of Data

Robin claims its distributed block storage software can scale across petabytes of data, hundreds of nodes and thousands of volumes. It also is tightly integrated with Robin’s application workflow manager to enable application-level quality-of-service guarantees and lifecycle management.

The company claims this is a strong differentiator compared to solutions that retrofit old open-source alternatives like Red Hat Gluster that were designed for a different era and different use cases. You can download a free whitepaper on this right here.

Robin’s management and development  teams include industry veterans from NetApp, Oracle and Veritas. The 5-year-old company has raised more than $27 million in venture funding from leading investors such as  Clear Ventures, DN Capital, USAA, and Hasso Plattner Ventures.

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Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor of Features & Analysis at eWEEK, responsible in large part for the publication's coverage areas. In his 12 years and more than 3,900 stories at eWEEK, he...