Robin Systems debuts app-to-spindle performance guarantee for Docker applications



Robin Systems, a Silicon Valley container-based virtualization platform software company, launched this week a range of new capabilities designed to enable customers to deploy containerized applications in production with guaranteed performance and enterprise-grade data management.

Using the Robin Containerization Platform — a pure-container compute and storage software platform that runs on commodity hardware — it is now possible to containerize even the most mission-critical applications with bare-metal performance, guaranteed minimum and maximum input/output operations per second (IOPS) controls, and simplified application lifecycle management with functionality such as one-click cluster deployment, snapshot, clone and time travel.

Robin Containerization Platform consists of a containerized agile compute layer that runs applications within Docker or LXC containers, its scale-out storage sub-system purpose built for containers, and application-aware fabric controller that simplifies application lifecycle management by making infrastructure boundaries invisible to applications. The company will bring the containerization benefits to mission-critical enterprise applications, such as databases and big data clusters, to enable high-performance workload consolidation with the agility and flexibility previously available only to micro applications.

“We believe the growing community of developers making use of Docker containers will find great advantage by combining it with Robin’s technology,” said Premal Buch, CEO of Robin Systems. “Robin Containerization Platform simplifies developers’ lives by easing full-stack application deployment and lifecycle management. At the same time it addresses IT ops concerns around performance, data protection, and security. We are thrilled to be part of the containerization revolution sweeping the enterprise data center and proud to move the needle forward.”

Robin leverages container technology to consolidate applications with complete runtime isolation. Container is a lightweight, OS-based virtualization technology that allows creation of compartmentalized and isolated application environment on top of the standard OS.

Just as a hypervisor abstracts OS from the underlying hardware, containers help abstract applications from OS and everything underneath, leading to simplified application deployment and seamless portability across hardware and operating platforms.

Robin brings containerization benefits to all types of enterprise applications – including highly performance-sensitive workloads such as databases and big data. Its Adaptive Container technology picks the appropriate container configuration depending on the application types. Traditional applications are deployed within “system containers” to provide VM-like semantics and Robin will support the deployment of stateless microservices applications like Docker containers in the near future.

When used with bare-metal servers, Robin enables “zero-performance-impact” application consolidation of databases, Hadoop clusters, and other distributed applications like Elasticsearch, resulting in significant operational efficiency gains and cost reduction.

Some of the advantages Robin offers developers include the ability to deploy and manage multi-container, full application stacks; to accelerate application and database clusters deployment, from days to minutes; to snapshot/clone an entire application stack in a single click; to deliver predictable CPU, IOPS and network performance; and to simplify root cause analysis with app to spindle views.

IT operations professionals will benefit from the ability Robin gives them to run containerized applications in production with VM-like manageability; to consolidate applications on bare metal to avoid hypervisor performance overhead; to optimize data capacity and performance of application-driven storage; and reduce VM sprawl and software licensing costs while deploying multiple applications per machine.

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