I love great conversations about technology – especially ones where the answer is not very neatly settled into winners and losers (which is ALL of them in IT).  I’m excited that RackN has (re)launched the L8ist Sh9y (aka Latest Shiny) podcast around this exact theme. Please check out the deep and thoughtfulContinue Reading

Author’s call to action: if you think you already know this is a problem, then why do we keep reliving it?  We’re doing our part open with Digital Rebar and we need more help to secure infrastructure using foundational automation. There’s a frustrating cyberattack driven security awareness cycle in ITContinue Reading

TL;DR: Hybrid killed IT. I’m a regular participant on BWG Roundtable calls and often extend those discussions 1×1.  This post collects questions from one of those follow-up meetings where we explored how data center markets are changing based on new capacity and also the impact of cloud.   We bothContinue Reading

CaaPuccino: A frothy mix of containers and platforms. Check out Krish Subramanian’s (@krishnan) Modern Enterprise podcast (audio here) today for a surprisingly deep and thoughtful discussion about how frothy new technologies are impacting Modern Enterprise IT. Of course, we also take some time to throw some fire bombs at theContinue Reading

At Dockercon this week, Docker announced an immutable operating system called LinuxKit which is powered by a Packer-like utility called Moby that RackN CTO, Greg Althaus, explains in the video below. For additional conference notes, check out Rob Hirschfeld’s Dockercon retro blog post. Three Concerns with Immutable O/S on Physical With aContinue Reading

Preface: RackN is looking for SRE teams who are enthusiastic about accelerating Kubernetes on-premises in a long term operational way that can be shared and reused across the community. We’re excited to see and be part of the community progress towards enterprise-ready Kubernetes operations on both cloud and on-premises.  The RackNContinue Reading

Operators should be able to buy infrastructure (physical and cloud) from any vendor and run it in a consistent way. Instead of days or weeks to get infrastructure running, it should take hours and be fully automated from power-on. We should be able to rehearse on cloud and transfer that automation directly to (and from) physical without modification. That practice and pace should be the norm instead of the exception.

Yesterday, RackN CEO, Rob Hirschfeld, described the remarkable progress in OpenStack on Kubernetes using Helm (article link). Until now, RackN had not been willing to officially support OpenStack deployments; however, we now believe that this approach is a game changer for OpenStack operators even if they are not actively looking at Kubernetes.