Building Pandemic Proof Infrastructure [Rob on TFIR]

It will disrupt the supply chain. It will create a talent crisis. It may bring our servers and cloud to a halt. IT teams should not think that their cloud is immune to this virus. It’s not.

COVID-19 has disrupted business-as-usual for organisations globally.  While the long-term ramifications of the corona pandemic are yet to be ascertained, there are crucial lessons for businesses, vendors, and technology leaders to learn from the fallout.

In an exclusive interaction with TFIR, Rob Hirschfeld, Founder & CEO, RackN, shares his thoughts on how the corona scourge will impact business and technology, and how corporates can be better prepared to overcome the impending challenges. … read the rest

VMware v7 integrates new and existing capabilities

Note: RackN is a VMware Ecosystem Partner

RackN is working with VMware to deeply integrate v7 into Digital Rebar.  This includes a focus on enabling Secure Boot and Trusted Platform processes and VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) handoffs.  We have significantly streamlined VMware “bring your own hardware” deployments for customers allowing for fully automated processes from first boot to full cluster in under an hour.

In addition to core platform enhancements around networking and storage, v7 brings Kubernetes completely into the VMware platform.  This deep integration gives Enterprises a needed new Kubernetes distribution.  We expect this to enable a new wave of self-managed and hybrid infrastructure.

Listen to RackN CEO, Rob Hirschfeld, discuss critical features and market impacts of the v7 release:



Digital Rebar v4.3 brings Distributed Infrastructure Automation

ANNOUNCING Digital Rebar v4.3 

[Press Release on Digital Journal, The New Stack, vmBlog]

RackN integrated infrastructure as code (IaC) features can now expand to manage distributed sites.  Customers are using this capability to develop automation in a lab, validate it against a secure test environment and then perform a controlled global roll-out.  Repaving a remote data center now takes just minutes from start to finish.

Key features for v4.3:

  • Distributed Infrastructure as Code – delivering a modular catalog that manages infrastructure from firmware, operating systems and cluster configuration.
  • Single API for distributed automation  – providing both single pane-of-glass and regional views without compromising disconnected site autonomy.
  • Continuously Integrated Data Center (CIDC) workflow – enabling consistent and repeatable processes that promote from dev to test and production.

Introduction Video:

RackN Profile by RedMonk

RackN works with RedMonk for industry analysis and advisory services.  They a consistently leading the industry is deep insights and contributions about how the industry is moving.  For example, ‘s “How to Compete with AWS” frames the remarkable competitive challenge posed by the hyperscale cloud providers in which simply out investing them will not succeed.

Below  provides a balanced 3rd party overview of RackN that explains our structure and place in the data center infrastructure market.

New Client Profile: RackN

Industry Analysis: AWS Outposts

This is the first interview of the multi-part series about AWS Outposts and it’s impact on the IT industry.  While not the first data center appliance in market, Outposts represents the most extreme version of tethered, remote managed infrastructure in market because the control plane for the system remains with AWS and the hardware itself is manufactured by AWS.

In the series, we’ll dig deeply into how the technology works and it’s impact on the broader IT market.


Mobilize your Ops Team Against Operational Paralysis

Many IT departments struggle with keeping “the lights on” as legacy hardware and software consume significant resources preventing the team from taking advantage of new technologies to modernize their infrastructure. These legacy issues not only consume resources but also cause challenges to find qualified experts to keep them operational as the older the technology the less likely to find experienced support. Even worse, new employees are typically not interested in working on old technology while the IT press obsesses on what comes next.

Freezing older technology in place without capable support or an understanding of how the product works is certainly not an industry best practice; however, it is commonly accepted in many large IT organizations. RackN has built a single, open source platform to manage not just new technologies but also legacy services allowing IT teams to actively engage the older technology without fear.

Issue: Expertise & the Unknown

  • Existing Infrastructure – legacy technology abounds in modern enterprise infrastructure with few employees capable of maintaining
  • State of the Art vs the Past – new employees are experienced in the latest technology and not interested in working on legacy solutions

Impact: Left Behind

  • Stuck in the Past – IT teams are unwilling to touch old technology that just works
  • Employee Exodus – limited future for employees maintaining the past

RackN Solution: Stagnation to Action

  • Operations Excellence – RackN’s foundational management ensures IT can operate services regardless of platform (e.g. data center, public cloud, etc)
  • Operational Paralysis – RackN delivers a single platform for IT to single platform capable of supporting existing solutions, newly arriving technologies as well as prepare for future innovation down the road.

The RackN team is ready to unlock your operational potential by preventing paralysis:

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