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CockroachDB. A Cloud Native SQL Database in Kubernetes.

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CockroachDB. A Cloud Native SQL Database in Kubernetes.

In this article, I am going to explain how to install CockroachDB 2.0 in Kubernetes/OpenShift, insert some data, and validate that it has been replicated in all nodes.

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CockroachDB 2.0 has just been released. For those who don't know what it is, it can be summarized as a SQL database for the cloud era. One of the best things about CockroachDB is that it automatically scales, rebalances, and repairs itself without sacrificing the SQL language. Moreover, Cockroach implements ACID transactions, so your data is always in a known state.

In this article, I am going to explain how to install it in Kubernetes/OpenShift, insert some data, and validate that it has been replicated in all nodes. In next article, I am going to show you how to use it with Spring Boot + JPA.

The first thing you need to have is a Kubernetes/OpenShift cluster to be used. You can use Minikube or Minishift for this purpose. In my case, I am using Minishift, but I will provide equivalent commands for Minikube.

After having everything installed, you need to launch the Cockroach cluster.

In case of Kubernetes: kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/cockroachdb/cockroach/master/cloud/kubernetes/cockroachdb-statefulset.yaml

In case of OpenShift: oc apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/cockroachdb/cockroach/master/cloud/kubernetes/cockroachdb-statefulset.yaml

Then you need to initialize the cluster:

In case of Kubernetes: kubectl create -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/cockroachdb/cockroach/master/cloud/kubernetes/cluster-init.yaml

In case of OpenShift: oc apply -f https://raw.githubusercontent.com/cockroachdb/cockroach/master/cloud/kubernetes/cluster-init.yaml

Then, let's configure the cluster so we can access the admin UI:

In case of Kubernetes: kubectl port-forward cockroachdb-0 8080

In case of OpenShift: oc expose svc cockroachdb-public --port=8080 --name=r1

Now, let's create a database and a table and see how it is replicated across all the cluster easily. Cockroach comes with a service that offers a load-balanced virtual IP for clients to access the database.

In case of Kubernetes: kubectl run cockroachdb -it --image=cockroachdb/cockroach --rm --restart=Never -- sql --insecure --host=cockroachdb-public

In case of OpenShift: oc run cockroachdb -it --image=cockroachdb/cockroach --rm --restart=Never -- sql --insecure --host=cockroachdb-public

And finally, in the opened console, just type some SQL calls:

create table game (id int, title varchar(30));

insert into game values (1, 'The Secret of Monkey Island');

So far, we have a new database, table, and entry in CockroachDB. Open admin UI and push Databases and you'll see something like this:

You can see that the database and the table have been created. Now let's see how we can know that everything has been replicated correctly. Push Overview and you'll see something like this:

So, pay attention to Replicas column. In all nodes, the number is exactly the same number, this means that all data in the cluster has been replicated X times.

Now, let's increase by one the number of replicas and just refresh the page to see that the new node initially has not the same replica count.

In case of Kubernetes: kubectl scale statefulset cockroachdb --replicas=4

In case of OpenShift: oc scale statefulset cockroachdb --replicas=4

Another thing you can do is to just enter each container and validate that when connecting to localhost, the inserted data is there.

In case of Kubernetes: kubectl exec -it cockroachdb-0 /bin/bash

In case of OpenShift: oc exec -it cockroachdb-0 /bin/bash

Then, inside the container, just run: ./cockroach dump games --insecure

You will see that CLI connects by default to the current node (localhost) and dumps the content of games db.

Repeat the same with other nodes cockroachdb-1 and cockroachdb-2, and you should see exactly the same.

So, as you can see, it is really easy to use SQL in scale way thanks to Cockroach DB. In the next article, we are going to see how to integrate Spring Boot + JPA with Cockroach DB, and how to deploy it into Kubernetes.

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