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Robin Systems Enables the Application-Aware Data Center

By Paula Bernier
November 21, 2016

Application and infrastructure used to exist as two separate worlds. That can no longer be the case because applications are getting more complex. So, application-aware networks and application-aware data centers are needed to allow for the required agility, cost savings, and simplicity, said Sushil Kuman, CMO of Robin Systems.

Robin Systems, which met with me at last week’s TMC Editors’ Day in Santa Clara, CA, builds intelligence into the software-defined data center. In June it announced support for containers with the introduction of its Robin Containerization Platform. As a result, Robin Systems can support containers, as well as lightweight virtual machines that can be used to containerize Oracle databases and other technologies that don’t run inside containers.

Using a container-based approach allows more applications to be packed into the same hardware footprint, said Kuman. Without the Robin Systems solution, a company might have an orchestration engine or need to cobble together a solution using open source, he said. And he added “open source is free only if your time is worth nothing.”

Normally an application involves more than one virtual machine, yet when multiple VMs are involved, the infrastructure doesn’t understand they’re supposed to work together. Robin Systems addresses that challenge by creating an application manifest, which has the topology of applications and their requirements in terms of such parameters as latency. Robin Systems then uses that manifest to do optimization and provide understanding of what belongs to the application.

That allows organizations to do things like easily clone applications, explained Kuman. As a result, he added, there is a dramatic simplification with deployment, testing, and everything related to the application. Robin Systems also can guarantee quality of service, even in multitenant environments. And all that means businesses can align their applications and resources with their business strategies.

Kohl’s, USAA, many well-known Wall Street companies, and larger enterprises building their own applications rely on technology from Robin Systems, which recently was named a winner of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine’s IT Excellence Award.

Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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