Are Economies of Scale in IT Automation Achievable?

Economies of scale are the holy grail in business.  This prize is the “raison d’être” of many merger, acquisition, and automation projects. Increases in productivity, decreases in cost, or both will be realized if economies of scale are achieved.  With the constant changes in technology over the last several decades and the exponential growth in

Is business aligned infrastructure attainable?

Technology adoption is accelerating exponentially.  Today, new technologies such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and blockchain are being integrated into service offerings. Because of this, business units are demanding real-time data collection and massive data analytics.  However, technology infrastructure needs to be flexible, scalable, and adaptable to meet this acceleration.  So I challenge you: Will

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

Orchestration Automation: The One Ring

Over the past several weeks we have discussed the four types of automation. We by describing provisioning and configuration automation, and why zipping the two together help you build automated infrastructures. Next, we showed how automating monitoring data can make your architectures resilient. This post is about orchestration automation. It will show that infrastructure automation

Monitoring Data Automation: The Path to Resilient Infrastructure

For the last several weeks, we’ve been discussing the four types of automation. First, we outlined the different types and how zipping together provisioning and configuration automation make them more effective. This week we’ll dive deep into monitoring data automation. This type of automation is the most essential element for building successful long-term systems. However,

Zip Up Your Provisioning & Configuration Automation

When you think about automation, what comes to your mind first? If you’re like most people, it’s the combination of provisioning and configuration automation. When you think about it, even though these actions are often done together, they are actually different types of automation.  Why and how should you zip up your provisioning and configuration

Do You Know The Four Types of Automation?

Can automation cure all infrastructure and IT woes? We’re finding automation is much harder than we’d like to admit. Perhaps that’s because we don’t consider the four types of automation. Why is Automation Difficult?  Why does using automation to perform ordinary operations feel like running into a wall? Repeatable tasks such as building clusters, configuring operating