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

Is Repaving Data Centers the Way to Better ROI?

Our most successful customers embrace the concept of rebuilding their data center from scratch at any time. They often call this “repaving” their data center. However, it isn’t as hard as it sounds to repave a data center. Why Repave Your Data Center? A persistent IT operations myth is once the software is installed, the

Consistent Day 2 VMware Operations: No Longer a Pipe Dream

You may have heard how important day 2 operations are, but what does it take to ensure smooth, consistent day 2 operations? Let’s walk through how Digital Rebar can help, using VMware ops as an example. Operational Stages by Day Automation is critical to the idea of software lifecycle, especially as our industry moves towards

TFiR interviews about Digital Rebar v4.6

Pair of recent posts from TFiR discuss how RackN is changing the game with infrastructure automation. On Digital Rebar v4.6: RackN has announced the release of RackN Digital Rebar v4.6, which introduces a load of new features including continuous provisioning automation with self-contained high availability and multi-platform universal workflow. On Bare Metal IaC: With the

Set it and Forget it Infrastructure: Introducing Universal Workflow

RackN Digital Rebar v4.6 is our most significant release milestone to date (read the launch announcement here). Universal Workflow is a new Digital Rebar feature that enables organizations to apply consistent, repeatable automation pipelines across every type of infrastructure in their global footprint.  Universal Workflow brings integrated automation pipelines that facilitate ever-increasing scale and standardization

Integrated HA breakthrough in Digital Rebar v4.6

Digital Rebar v4.6 is the most significant RackN release to date. With this release, we are delivering a capability few have dreamed of yet something our customers really wanted: Integrated HA. Who Needs Integrated HA? Reliable infrastructure is the foundation of all other IT functions. If your management platform is down for any reason, your

RackN Makes Continuous Provisioning Automation a Reality

Today, we are pleased to announce the release of RackN Digital Rebar v4.6. RackN Infrastructure as Code management helps companies struggling with exploding infrastructure complexity. With this release, RackN solves consistency and integration challenges by enabling Continuous Provisioning Automation. Digital Rebar v4.6 enables continuous provisioning automation with self-contained high availability and multi-platform universal workflow. This

Easy VMware Installs – Magical Dream or Reality?

VMware is core to most operational environments, so why can’t we have easy VMware installs? Do things like easy VMware installs, updating hardware so upgrades (or patch fixes) take hours instead of weeks, repaving servers after a security scare, or properly decommissioning and repurposing cluster hardware sound like a magical dream?   At RackN, easy VMware

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Time waster or hero? Five ways to be both

No one wants to be a time waster. It’s easy to think that IT Ops tends to focus on perceived time waster tasks. These are the tedious tasks like getting things working, keeping systems up, and solving mundane problems that keep business moving. Although you may consider such tasks to be time wasters, sometimes they