How to: Use Terraform IaC Modules with Infrastructure Brokers

RackN Digital Rebar Infrastructure Pipelines helps you standardize code from any part of your infrastructure. But you don’t have to build Infrastructure Pipelines from scratch! You can use tools you already use, like Ansible and Terraform, to create Infrastructure Pipeline segments. In fact, we wrote about this in a previous blog post and showed even

Manage Complexity Like an Expert – In 4 Easy Steps

Nobody wants to add complexity into IT systems! However, complexity will never be eliminated. It’s a normal part of IT.  But that doesn’t mean we need to drown in it!  Anyone can minimize the inherent risk that complexity introduces into IT systems and manage complexity like an expert.  It’s a fact: infrastructure operations are inherently

Pump up your Infrastructure Pipelines with an injection of Ansible

Squashing tool sprawl is one of the strengths of RackN Digital Rebar Infrastructure Pipelines. You’re probably already using things like Terraform and Ansible to automate building cloud infrastructures. I’m sure you aren’t looking to start over again with yet another tool. We agree – you shouldn’t have to! Infrastructure Pipelines help you use your existing

Scaling Up Infrastructure Pipelines with Resource Management Abstractions

Today, RackN announced the release of Digital Rebar v4.8. With this release, Digital Rebar Resource Management Abstractions take center stage.  You can read more about the release here. But let’s dive deeper into Resource Management Abstractions.  Resource Management Abstractions Infrastructure Pipelines are standardized, reusable processes for platform and infrastructure. Like CI/CD pipelines for code, they

Infrastructure Pipelines: A Radical New Approach to Managing Complexity

Today, RackN released Digital Rebar v4.8, which empowers organizations to manage the complexity of distributed heterogeneous infrastructure. Introducing Infrastructure Pipelines. Why Infrastructure Pipelines? Platform and IT infrastructure teams need a way to reduce the time it takes to integrate new infrastructure platforms and technologies for use by the business. However, that can be a challenge

Rocky Linux support in Digital Rebar v4.7

We’re excited to highlight that RackN officially added Rocky Linux support in our recent Digital Rebar v4.7 release! Rocky Linux provides a community maintained alternate to CentOS for operators who are concerned about IBM Red Hat’s migration of the distribution to stream releases. See the Cloud2030 discussion for more details. This 12 minute video shows

The Hidden Complexity Apocalypse: Pandora’s Box or Jevons Paradox?

Building infrastructures where the systems are completely hidden from the people building applications is a very powerful thing. Consider what it takes to create an artificial intelligence and machine learning platform. It isn’t necessary to build the actual machine learning platforms, learn how to build models or learn neural networking computational methods. Hidden complexity makes