Drill Man! by BruceLowell.com [creative commons]

Drill Man! by BruceLowell.com [creative commons]

We’re so excited about our in-process release that we’ve been relatively quiet about the last OpenCrowbar Drill release (video tour here).  That’s not a fair reflection of the level of capability and maturity reflected in the code base; yes, Drill’s purpose was to set the stage for truly ground breaking ops automation work in the next release (“Epoxy”).

So, what’s in Drill?  Scale and Containers on Metal Workloads!  [official release notes]

The primary focus for this release was proving our functional operations architectural pattern against a wide range of workloads and that is exactly what the RackN team has been doing with Ceph, Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, CloudFoundry and StackEngine workloads.

In addition to workloads, we put the platform through its paces in real ops environments at scale.  That resulted in even richer network configurations and options plus performance and tuning.  The RackN team continues to adapt the platform to match real work ops.

We believe that operations tools should adapt to their environments not vice versa.

We’ve encountered some pretty extreme quirks and our philosophy is embrace don’t force users to change tools or process necessarily.  For example, Drill automatically keeps last IPv4 octets aligned between interfaces.  Even better, we can help slipstream migrations (like IPv4 to IPv6) in place to minimize disruptions.

This is the top lesson you’ll see reflected in the Epoxy release:  RackN will keep finding ways to adapt to the ops environment.  

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