Crunchy Data Releases the Crunchy PostgreSQL Container Suite for Cloud Native Architectures

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Crunchy_logoCrunchy Data, a leading provider of trusted open source PostgreSQL and PostgreSQL technology, support and training, announced that it is open sourcing the Crunchy PostgreSQL Container Suite, a pre-packaged set of Docker containers and Kubernetes services for running and managing PostgreSQL — the world’s most advanced open source database — in cloud native Kubernetes environments with a full set of management micro-services. Leveraging containerized PostgreSQL and the micro-services needed to manage PostgreSQL, enables the move to a fully cloud-native application stack that is optimized for agility, scalability and self-healing.

The Crunchy PostgreSQL Container Suite makes it possible for data architects to run and manage PostgreSQL databases in Linux containers. It features a set of pre-packaged Docker containers and Kubernetes services that allow teams to run and manage PostgreSQL in Kubernetes-based environments, such as Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. The Container Suite includes a containerized version of Crunchy PostgreSQL 9.5 with the PostGIS extension, along with eight different PostgreSQL management micro-services packaged in containers.

We are very excited to see the great results of the work that Crunchy Data has put into containerizing and operationalizing PostgreSQL in the OpenShift environment,” said Ashesh Badani, vice president and general manager, OpenShift, Red Hat. “Having effectively built a Database-as-a-Service infrastructure, Crunchy Data has made it easier for application teams to use the power of PostgreSQL in their modern architectures.”

The complete set of open sourced Crunchy PostgreSQL containers include:

  • crunchy-postgres – runs Crunchy PostgreSQL (with PostGIS) and performs a backup restore
  • crunchy-backup – performs a pg_basebackup on a database container
  • crunchy-pgbadger – hosts a simple http server that executes pgbadger against a database container to produce HTML reports that provide detailed PostgreSQL log analysis
  • crunchy-pgpool – provides a pgpool container that lets applications access a PostgreSQL cluster via a single connection
  • crunchy-collect – collects 32 different PostgreSQL metrics from a database container and pushed them to a Prometheus time series data store
  • crunchy-grafana – provides a web based graphing dashboard for collected PostgreSQL metrics
  • crunchy-prometheus – provides a Prometheus datastore for metrics collection
  • crunchy-pgbouncer – provides a simple form of automated failover as well as basic pg_bouncer connection pooling
  • crunchy-watch – provides a form of automated failover by watching a PostgreSQL cluster’s master and triggers a failover on a slave if the master is not responding

The company also announced that it has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) along with 46 other leading technology innovators, including Red Hat, Google, Docker, Cisco, and IBM. The CNCF’s goal is to drive the adoption of new technologies — including containers and micro-services — that are optimized for highly scalable distributed systems environments. Crunchy Data will work with the CNCF to drive best practices and technology development related to running and managing databases in cloud native environments. The alliance is part of Crunchy Data’s effort to help shepherd PostgreSQL into the modern cloud and cloud native era.

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source, object-relational database system celebrating 20 years of active development and a strong global development community. Enterprises with a focus on advanced data management can benefit from PostgreSQL’s proven architecture and reputation for reliability, data integrity, and cost effectiveness. PostgreSQL was recently named “Best Database Overall” by Database Trends and Applications 2015 Readers Choice Awards.

The benefits that containers deliver to application developers and DevOps engineers are clear, but data architects have been left wondering ‘How can I run my database in an ephemeral container?’ said Bob Laurence, CEO, Crunchy Data. “We’ve answered that question with the release of the Crunchy PostgreSQL Container Suite. This is a result of our belief that cloud native architectures are going to be very influential in the future of the IT stack, and we see a clear need for being able to incorporate the PostgreSQL database into those architectures. This is an exciting time and we are thrilled to be working with companies like Red Hat and great open source communities like PostgreSQL, Docker and Kubernetes to deliver the future of database management and operation.”


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