OpenShift with CockroachDB

OpenShift

Red Hat® OpenShift is a container application platform that brings Docker and Kubernetes to the enterprise. Regardless of your applications architecture, OpenShift lets you easily and quickly build, develop, and deploy in nearly any infrastructure, public or private. ” [1]

I’ve helped a lot of customers find their way to OpenShift. I’ve helped them develop and refine use case as well as figure out how it fits into their environment.

Cockroach DB

Other than having an unfortunate name I really like Cockroach Labs CockroachDB from the little I’ve used it. I am by far not an expert on CockroachDB. I first learned about it at OpenStack Summit 17 in Boston. Kudo to the guys for putting this presentation together and presenting it on the big stage.

What is CockroachDB?

“CockroachDB is a distributed SQL database built on a transactional and strongly-consistent key-value store. It scales horizontally; survives disk, machine, rack, and even datacenter failures with minimal latency disruption and no manual intervention; supports strongly-consistent ACID transactions; and provides a familiar SQL API for structuring, manipulating, and querying data.” [2]

There is a lot more to be said about the statement above that I am not going to cover here. To summarize, you can partition and replicate your database while still making sure queries are only getting the latest data, called “Strong Consistancy”.

In Closing

On a personal level I like the notion of OpenShift and CockroachDB together for a couple reasons. Chiefly, they are both Open Source. You can experiment locally with no up front cost on a developer macine and eventually roll it into production. When you are ready for production both projects have Enterprise support offerings. It’s not critical you invest time, money and resources into figuring out if it’s going to work for you just to find out 6-9 months down the line it’s not what you hoped it would be. Experiment now! My next post will give you the framework to start….

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