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Podcast – Gartner Symposium Recap and Thoughts on IT Disruption

Rob Hirschfeld attended the Gartner Symposium last week in Orlando and provides his thoughts on the event, the attendees, and how larger company CIO’s plan for and choose technology. This is an excellent podcast for open source and leading edge technologists as it offers insight into how technology is chosen for large companies that always seem to be 5 to 7 years behind. Rob also has thoughts based on hearing from Clayton Christensen on disruption in the market and how large companies seem to always miss the real competition.

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Fast, Simple, Open Provisioning – Rethinking Infrastructure with Cloud-Centric Automation

Operating hardware is too hard today. And too expensive.  Let’s fix that.

The problem with physical ops is not that it’s hard, complex or fragile. Okay, it is and those ARE problems, but they are compounded by the lack of shared management software and practices missing from this layer.  When the RackN team set out to solve these physical challenges, we knew the software had to be very focused to replace the current Cobbler and Foreman environments. It also had to be flexible and composable for heterogeneous environments or we’d be right back into snowflake custom DevOps.

We’re talking about a platform that finally addresses full lifecycle control at the hardware layer with open software.  That’s complex stuff automated in a reusable way.

Even worse, being both simple and flexible for ops is a design nightmare.

Yet, we think we’ve found the right balance by combining v3.1 Digital Rebar Provision with an online library of extension packages from RackN.  Keeping Digital Rebar Provision lightweight with minimal bootstrapping and configuration makes it simple to operate.  The RackN user interface (UI) makes the service even easier to use allowing users to pick from a catalog of next steps.

We’re asking for your help to redefine data center economics from these basic starting building blocks and then join our journey from simple automation to full autonomy.

We are pleased to announce the RackN Beta Program today for your opportunity to evaluate our current solution and work together to solve your provisioning challenges. To participate in the beta please email us at beta@rackn.com, add your email on the RackN Beta Program website, or contact us twitter at @rackngo.

For more information on the RackN Beta Program, please listen to this podcast:

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Podcast – Challenges of CIOs and Operators for DevOps

Rob Hirschfeld, Co-Founder/CEO of RackN discusses the challenges of DevOps from the CIO and Operator viewpoint and how it is critical for each group to better understand the issues they each face. Only then can a true DevOps experience be had.

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Data Center Bacon: Terraform to Metal with Digital Rebar

TL;DR: We’ve built a buttery smooth Terraform provider for Bare Metal that runs equally on, of course, servers, Packet.net servers or VirtualBox VMs.  If you like Hashicorp Terraform and want it to own your data center too, then read on.

Deep into the Digital Rebar Provision (DRP) release plan, a customer asked the RackN team to build a Terraform provider for DRP.  They had some very specific requirements that would stress all the new workflows and out-of-band management features in the release: in many ways, this integration is the ultimate proof point for DRP v3.1 because it drives DRP autonomously.

The primary goal was simple: run a data center as a resource pool for Terraform.

Here our CTO, Greg Althaus, giving a short demo of the integration.

Of course, it is not that simple.  Operators need to be able to provide plans to pick correct nodes from resources pools.  Also, the customer request was to deploy both Linux and Windows images based on Packet.  That meant that the system needed both direct-to-disk image writing and cloud-init style post-configuration.  The result is deployments that are blazingly fast (sub 5 minutes) and highly portable.

An additional challenge in building the Terraform Provider is that no one wants to practice building plans against actual servers.  They are way too slow.  We need to be able to build and test the Terraform provider and plans quickly on a laptop or cloud infrastructure like Packet.net.  Our solution was to build parallel out-of-band IPMI type plugins for all three platforms so that the Terraform provider could interact with Digital Rebar Provision consistently regardless of the backing infrastructure.

We were able to build a full fidelity CI/CD pipeline for plans without committing dedicated infrastructure at the dev or test phases.  That is a significant breakthrough.

Terraform is kicking aaS for cluster deployments on cloud and we’re getting some very enthusiastic responses when we describe both the depth and simplicity of integration with Digital Rebar Provision.  We’re actively collecting feedback and testing both new DRP features and Terraform integration so it’s not available for open consumption; however, we very much want to find operators interested in field trials.

Please contact us if Terraform on Metal is interesting.  We’d be happy to show you how it works and discuss our next steps.

Further Listening?  Our Latest Shiny (L8stSh9y) podcast with Greg Althaus and Stephen Spector covers the work.

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Podcast: OpenStack OpenDev Highlights Edge vs Cloud Computing Confusion

Rob Hirschfeld provides his thoughts from last week’s OpenStack OpenDev conference focused on Edge Computing. This podcast is part of a three blog series from Rob on the issues surrounding Edge and Cloud computing:

Post 1 – OpenStack on Edge? 4 Ways Edge is Distinct from Cloud
Post 2 – Edge Infrastructure is Not Just Thousands of Mini Clouds

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Podcast – Install Kubernetes with Ansible, Kubespray and Digital Rebar Provision

Stephen Spector, HPE Cloud Evangelist talks with Rob Hirschfeld, Co-Founder and CEO RackN about the installation process for Kubernetes using Kubespray, Ansible, and Digital Rebar Provisioning. Additional commentary on the overviews of Kubernetes, Containers, and Installation in this podcast.

More info on Digital Rebar Provisioning

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September 1 – Weekly Recap of All Things Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)

Welcome to the weekly post of the RackN blog recap of all things SRE. If you have any ideas for this recap or would like to include content please contact us at info@rackn.com or tweet Rob (@zehicle) or RackN (@rackngo)


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10 Essential Skills of a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) by AppDynamics
https://cloud.kapostcontent.net/pub/1418185e-b325-49d3-b65c-de338e45cb6f/ebook-10-essential-skills-of-a-site-reliability-engineer-sre.pdf

Almost overnight, it seems that Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) has become one of the hottest job titles across the IT Industry. So why all the sudden buzz and momentum around the SRE role? READ MORE

DevOps Tool Market Size Applications 2017 to 2022
http://www.tradecalls.org/2017-08-31-devops-tool-market

Global DevOps Tool Market Research Report 2017 to 2022 presents an in-depth assessment of the DevOps Tool Market including enabling technologies, key trends, market drivers, challenges, standardization, regulatory landscape, deployment models, operator case studies, opportunities, future roadmap, value chain, ecosystem player profiles and strategies. The report also presents forecasts for DevOps Tool Market investments from 2017 till 2022.

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Don’t be ageist: In the DevOps era, experience matters by @Jenz514
https://techbeacon.com/dont-be-ageist-devops-era-experience-matters

When it comes to attitudes toward age, DevOps is a lot like IT in general, but possibly more so. Defenders of an IT workforce that skews young have always noted that technology changes quickly, skills must be updated rapidly, business demands evolve fast, and long workdays just don’t appeal to professionals who have families to go home to. All of that may ratchet up even higher in DevOps culture. READ MORE

L8ist Sh9y Podcast : Digital Rebar and Terraform Provisioning
Blog Link http://bit.ly/2xPILHb 

Stephen Spector, HPE Cloud Evangelist talks with Greg Althaus, CTO and Co-Founder of RackN about how the Digital Rebar Provisioning solution provides bare metal server support for the HashiCorp Terraform Solution.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Rob Hirschfeld and Greg Althaus are preparing for a series of upcoming events where they are speaking or just attending. If you are interested in meeting with them at these events please email info@rackn.com

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Podcast – Terraform and Digital Rebar Provision Bare Metal

In this podcast, Stephen Spector, HPE Cloud Evangelist and Greg Althaus, Co-Founder and CTO RackN, talk about the integration point for Digital Rebar Provisioning with the Terraform solution. The specific focus is on delivering bare metal provisioning to users of Terraform.

About Terraform (LINK)

Terraform enables you to safely and predictably create, change, and improve production infrastructure. It is an open source tool that codifies APIs into declarative configuration files that can be shared amongst team members, treated as code, edited, reviewed, and versioned.

More info on Digital Rebar Provisioning

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August 25 – Weekly Recap of All Things Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)

Welcome to the weekly post of the RackN blog recap of all things SRE. If you have any ideas for this recap or would like to include content please contact us at info@rackn.com or tweet Rob (@zehicle) or RackN (@rackngo)

SRE Items of the Week


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What is “Site Reliability Engineering?” 
https://landing.google.com/sre/interview/ben-treynor.html 

In this interview, Ben Treynor shares his thoughts with Niall Murphy about what Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is, how and why it works so well, and the factors that differentiate SRE from operations teams in industry. READ MORE

Podcast: A Nice Mix of Ansible and Digital Rebar
http://bit.ly/2vkBYEe 

Follow our new L8ist Sh9y Podcast on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/user-410091210.

Digital Rebar Mascot Naming 

Next week the Digital Rebar community will be finalizing the name for our mascot

Several possible names are listed on a recent blog post for your consideration. Please tweet to @DigitalRebar any ideas you have as we will be choosing a name next week via a Twitter poll.

Digital Rebar v3 Provision
http://rebar.digital/

Digital Rebar is the open, fast and simple data center provisioning and control scaffolding designed with a cloud native architecture.

Our extensible stand-alone DHCP/PXE/IPXE service has minimal overhead so it can be installed and provisioning in under 5 minutes on a laptop, RPi or switch. From there, users can add custom or pre-packaged workflows for full life-cycle automation using our API and CLI or a community UX.

A cloud native bare metal approach provides API-driven infrastructure-as-code automation without locking you into a specific hardware platform, operating system or configuration model.

For physical infrastructure provisioning, Digital Rebar replaces CobblerForemanMaaS or similar with the added bonus of being able to include simple control workflows for RAID, IPMI and BIOS configuration. We also provide event driven actions via websockets API and a simple plug-in model. By design, Digital Rebar is not opinionated about scripting tools so you can mix and match Chef, Puppet, Ansible, SaltStack and even Bash.

Next version: release of v3.1 is anticipated on 9/4/2017.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Rob Hirschfeld and Greg Althaus are preparing for a series of upcoming events where they are speaking or just attending. If you are interested in meeting with them at these events please email info@rackn.com.

OTHER NEWSLETTERS

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Podcast – A Nice Mix of Ansible and Digital Rebar

Rob Hirschfeld, CEO and Co-Founder, RackN talks with Stephen Spector, HPE Cloud Evangelist about the recent uptake in Ansible news as well as how Digital Rebar Provision assists Ansible users.

Listen to the 9 minute podcast here:

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