Difficulty: beginner
Estimated Time: 15 minutes

Learning Objectives

This interactive tutorial shows you how to deploy and run a single instance of RHDG Red Hat Data Grid on OpenShift.

You then learn how to expose the REST endpoint and invoke simple cache operations.

Introduction to Red Hat Data Grid


Red Hat Data Grid (RHDG) is an open source, in-memory data store that:

  • Stores data in memory (RAM) to provide fast, low-latency response times and very high throughput.
  • Synchronizes data across multiple nodes for continuous availability, reliability, and elastic scalability.
  • Offers flexibility. You can use it as a distributed cache, NoSQL database, or event broker.

RHDG capabilities improve application performance and scalability while reducing the need to make expensive calls to database management systems and transactional back ends.

In this tutorial, you got an overview of Red Hat Data Grid and learned how easy it is to invoke basic cache operations over REST.

More information on Data Grid can be found below:

Getting Started with Red Hat Data Grid

Step 1 of 3

Install Operator

Inspect Java runtime

An appropriate Java runtime has been installed for you. Ensure you can use it by running this command:

If the command fails, wait a few moments and try again (it is installed in a background process and make take a few moments depending on system load).

$JAVA_HOME/bin/java --version

The command should report the version in use, for example (the versions and dates may be slightly different than the below example):

openjdk 11.0.10 2021-01-19
OpenJDK Runtime Environment AdoptOpenJDK (build 11.0.10+9)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM AdoptOpenJDK (build 11.0.10+9, mixed mode)

Install Operator

An Operator is a method of packaging, deploying and managing a Kubernetes-native application. A Kubernetes-native application is an application that is both deployed on Kubernetes and managed using the Kubernetes APIs and other administrative tooling.

Operators can be installed using the OpenShift web console, or via the command line and YAML. For simplicity we'll use the CLI for now, and the web console later.

1. Create namespace

For this scenario, let's create a project that you will use to house your application. Click:

oc new-project dgdemo --display-name="Data Grid Demo"

2. Create OperatorGroup

Operators need an OperatorGroup to give it the necessary context and permissions to operator, so create it by clicking this command:

oc apply -f - << EOF
apiVersion: operators.coreos.com/v1
kind: OperatorGroup
 name: datagrid
 - dgdemo

3. Create Subscription

And now we can install the Data Grid Operator by creating a Subscription to it. Click here to do that:

oc apply -f - << EOF
apiVersion: operators.coreos.com/v1alpha1
kind: Subscription
 name: datagrid-operator
 channel: 8.2.x
 installPlanApproval: Automatic
 name: datagrid
 source: redhat-operators
 sourceNamespace: openshift-marketplace

Wait for the Operator to be installed using this command:

oc rollout status -w deployment/infinispan-operator-new-deploy

NOTE: If this command reports Error from server (NotFound), it may take a few moments to download and deploy the operator. Just wait a few seconds and click the command again until it reports success.

Verify the Operator is installed and fully armed and operational:

oc get pods

You should see a Running status as shown below:

NAME                                   READY   STATUS
infinispan-operator-new-deploy-<id>    1/1     Running

Congratulations! In the next steps we'll make use of this operator to do all kinds of cool things that Red Hat Data Grid can do. On to the next step!