As an Infrastructure Automation platform, RackN Digital Rebar integrates a very broad set of capabilities for Data Center operators.  Our core belief is that doing provisioning well is important but is not enough.  Our Digital Rebar intent driven workflow allows operators to connect compute, storage and networking into an infrastructure API on a deep and expanding catalog of integrations.

Component areas:

  • Platform Features covers critical components of the core platform.
    • DRP Service, CLI and Agent
    • Secure Hardware
    • Single Sign On (SSO)
    • Server Workflow Contexts
    • Role Based Access Control (RBAC) and Multi-Tenant
    • Pooling / Cloud API
    • Multi-Site Manager / Distributed Control Plane
    • High Availability (HA)
    • Encrypted Parameters
    • Ansible Integration
  • RackN Portal covers advanced features and options of the user interface (aka UX).
    • Customized Views
    • Self-Hosted UX
  • Catalog: Operating Systems & Provisioning covers our unmatched provisioning feature set.
    • Core Task Library
    • Universal Workflow
    • Classification & Validation
    • Linux (Centos, RHEL, Ubuntu, BSD, Thin O/Ses, etc)
    • VMware ESXi and Cloud Builder
    • Image Deploy
    • Windows Server
    • Standardized NIC configuration (Netwrangler)
  • Catalog: Hardware Management covers our seamless integrations to physical layer infrastructure.
    • Inventory Classification & Validation
    • Out of Band (OoB) Management (BMC, IPMI, Redfish, etc)
    • Firmware Configuration
    • RAID Configuration
    • BIOS Configuration
    • Burn In & Decommission
  • Catalog: CMDB & Platform Integrations covers our deep integrations to adjacent tooling and platforms.
    • Terraform Provider
    • Rack (CSV Import) Plugin
    • Filebeat and Elastic Search Plugin
    • Kubernetes (KRIB) Integration
    • Ansible Tower Plugin (includes AWX)
    • EdgeLab.Digital: The Desktop Data Center

FAQs about RackN and Digital Rebar Platform

  1. Is your product a service?  No.  Our product is software that is operated by our customers behind their firewalls.  We do not provide a managed service, hosted offering or appliance.
  2. What type of virtualization do you use?  None.  Our product automates the actual physical infrastructure using its native APIs (PXE, IPMI, DHCP, etc).  No virtual machines are required for control; however, we can install a wide range of VM management platforms on top of the bare metal including one implementing ESX and KVM.
  3. Which hardware vendors do you support?  All.  We work hard to make sure our products are vendor neutral and heterogeneous.  We can support any hardware vendor, ARM, Intel and AMD processors, IPv4 and IPv6, and Windows, Linux, CoreOS, ESXi and others.
  4. Do I have to replace my DevOps tools and Systems of Records?  No.  We work hard to integrate with existing configuration management and management systems.  While we can replicate this functionality, we always plan to minimize disruption during initial phases.