So I am a week or so late but the latest update of Portworx Data Services now officially supports Tanzu. Now I say officially since it did kind of work the whole time. I just can’t declare our support to the world until it passes all the tests from Engineering. So go ahead. The easiest way to get a Database Platform as a Service can now be built on you Tanzu clusters. Go to https://central.portworx.com and contact your local PX team to get access.
The key here is to deploy Cassandra via PDS then get the server connection names from PDS. Each step is explained in the repo. Go over there and fork or clone the repo or just use my settings. A quick summary though (it is really this easy).
Deploy Cassandra to your Target in PDS.
Edit the env-secret.yaml file to match your deployment.
Apply the secret. kubectl -n namespace apply -f env-secret.yaml
Apply the deployment. kubectl -n namespace apply -f worker.yaml
Check the database in the Cassandra pod. kubectl -n namespace exec -it cas-pod — bash
Use cqlsh to check the table the app creates.
That is it pretty easy and it creates a lot of records in the database. You could also scale it up in order to test connections from many sources. I hope this helps you quickly use PDS and if you have any updates or changes to me repo please submit a PR.
With the GA of Portworx Data Services I needed a way to connect some test applications with Apache Kafka. Kafka is one of the most asked for Data Services in PDS. Deploying Kafka is very easy with PDS but I wanted to show how it easy it was for a data team to connect their application to Kafka in PDS. I was able to find a kafka-python library, so I started working on a couple of things.
A python script to create some kind of load on Kafka.
Containerize it, so I can make it easy and repeatable.
Create the kubernetes deployments so it is quick and easy.
See the repo for the steps on setting up the secret and deployments in K8s to use with your PDS Kafka, honestly it should work with any Kafka deployment where you have the connection service, username and password.
Check out the youtube demo I did above to see it all in action.
Over a year a go we were working on the final parts of the acquisition of Portworx. I knew Portworx was going to change everything at Pure. I also expected it to take a while. I knew that we were going to see amazing new things built on this Cloud Native Data Platform. In the last year I have witnessed customers do just that with their own stateful workloads. Examples include banks, online gaming, SaaS providers, retail chains and many more.
What I also knew would come someday was Portworx Data Services would introduce all of us a way to have stateful workloads as a service. Database as a service, anywhere k8s can run, on any cloud. On Tanzu, AWS, Azure, Google, RedHat, Rancher and so many more. Your data managed but not locked into a proprietary platform. Managed in a way built for Cloud Native, Built for Kubernetes. It is also here way faster than I thought. A big thank you to our Engineering teams for the amazing work to make Portworx Data Services a real thing.
More than just a deployment tool
This is not just “deploy me a container” with a database. This is a managed experience with the day 2 operations built in. You can work on getting results from your data while PDS manages the performance, protection and availability of your solution wherever you want it to be. Not locked to specific cloud but anywhere that runs K8s.
But Doesn’t Operator XYZ do that?
Maybe. A little bit. Today’s developers expect to choose the tools they need to deliver their application. Not to be forced onto a single platform. This results in Database Administrators and DevOps teams supporting many different data services all with their own nuances. Some places have 10-15 different databases or data services (some of them are not really databases). Imagine having to support, the deployment and ongoing management of everyone of those, in most cases the with no extra time or resources. Normally you don’t get a new headcount every time a developer wants to use a new kind of data service.
Portworx Data Services lets you learn one API, one Interface and you get one vendor to support and manage the little things you don’t have time for, like Performance, High Availability and Disaster Recovery best practices. Making the data available in other sites or clouds for analytics or other use cases. Even Building that data into Dev-Test-QA workflows.