CloudCasa: More Than Kubernetes Backup, Powering Seamless Migrations
CloudCasa, the software-as-a-service solution for backup and recovery of Kubernetes and cloud native database workloads, has come a long way since its early days. With unique and intuitive features like Full Stack recovery (aka Any2Cloud) where we can provision an entirely new cluster on the fly to our ability to provide customizations during restore like remapping storage classes and renaming namespaces, users of CloudCasa have quickly begun adopting its capabilities for more than just the insurance of having a backup during a disaster, but also a means to migrate cloud native workloads between on-premise and cloud hosted Kubernetes environments while testing your application on different versions of Kubernetes or completely different CPU architectures entirely.
One use case in particular that is catching the attention of users of Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) is the ability to migrate from Ubuntu to Azure Linux as the default operating system for nodes deployed within the cluster. Combine this with being able to migrate between storage classes and take advantage of Azure Container Storage, CloudCasa can now make this entire process much simpler and less stressful process.
Ubuntu and Azure Linux
With your Kubernetes nodes running on Azure Linux, both you and Microsoft can take full advantage of all the OS optimization and customizations within your cluster and not be restricted to using an Ubuntu Linux distribution. If you consider all the work to recreate a cluster using Azure Linux worker nodes and migrate to it, I don’t blame users for opting to stick with the current cluster configuration. While portability is a core aspect of Kubernetes, reality is a bit different when migrating persistent volumes. Such a hurdle would discourage users from upgrading their version of Kubernetes or potentially taking advantage of better hosting options in Azure.
But with CloudCasa, we can become that easy button and remove these hurdles entirely. Such is the case with users now planning a migration of Kubernetes clusters from Ubuntu to Azure Linux. Just by simply backing up your Kubernetes cluster, you’ll be able to perform a Full Stack Recovery while also upgrading the version of Kubernetes deployed to the cluster.
The First Step (Take a Backup)
The first step is to take backup through CloudCasa. This can be done very easily by defining and scheduling a backup job in CloudCasa. It doesn’t matter whether you are using CloudCasa Pro and/CloudCasa for Velero as the restore will be accomplished in a similar manner. Upon the completion of the backup, we have everything that we would need to perform a Full Stack recovery to a new Microsoft AKS Cluster.
Restoring from the snapshot
During the backup of your Kubernetes cluster, CloudCasa is not only collecting the resource/configuration data and persistent volume data for your cluster, but it is also collecting cluster configuration data as well. Having this data, allows CloudCasa to provision a new cluster in AKS using the original cluster configuration or new cluster configuration of your choosing.
Here are the steps that you can perform to create a new cluster in AKS when defining a restore job. CloudCasa can create a destination cluster for you on the fly – a little something that we call “Full Stack Recovery” (formerly “Any2Cloud”). When doing a Full Stack Recovery Restore, you can specify the destination as the Microsoft AKS service that you previously configured in your CloudCasa enterprise.
(The screenshot below shows selecting a target destination creating an AKS cluster on the fly)
During the restore, you can configure various options like specifying the version of Kubernetes you want the cluster to provision. This is especially helpful when you are trying to determine whether the application is compatible with that specific version.
(Don’t forget here to supply the client access / secret key here to access the Microsoft AKS service)
Decide Your Version of Linux (Canonical Ubuntu vs. Azure Linux)
In addition to provisioning the cluster, CloudCasa can also migrate the default operating system the cluster nodes use Ubuntu to Azure. With Azure Linux being the preferred standard of Linux deployed to Azure clusters, many users will look towards moving their current AKS cluster to Azure Linux. CloudCasa makes this really easy to not only change the OS SKU, but also the size of the node pool and VM size as well. In essence, CloudCasa is rebuilding the entire cluster from the ground up while reinstalling the Kubernetes images and persistent volumes on the fly.
Customize to your heart’s content
From re-naming namespaces and re-mapping storage classes to establishing additional cluster add-ons available when deploying a new AKS cluster, CloudCasa makes use of the same cluster add-on options that would be available to one in the restore job definition.
Customize the restore job with some pre/post app-hooks along with setting a few restore job definitions and you’ve got yourself an easy button for quickly and easily migrating your applications from on-prem to Microsoft AKS or while even migrating with Microsoft AKS (Ubuntu to Azure Linux).
CloudCasa is more than just a backup and recovery application for your Kubernetes environments. With its many use cases, users can use it for migration and/or test/dev purposes. So whether you’re looking for a backup and recovery solution for you Kubernetes environment and persistent volume data, or a tool to simply help migrate between clusters and Kubernetes versions, I hope you check out CloudCasa’s ease of use capabilities for accomplishing these cumbersome tasks.
For a seamless experience, explore CloudCasa on Azure Marketplace, offering simplified deployment and access to all the migration, backup, and recovery functionalities mentioned above.