RackN vs Foreman

RackN Digital Rebar does not win simply on features: we win through collaboration.  No other bare metal platform focuses first on fundamentally improving operations for our community.

We’re not just about having better technology – we work with our operators to build robust data centers with more automation, less human toil and a higher return on investment. Take us for a free self-service test drive and you’ll find that we are the simplest to use and most flexible data center automation platform available.  In addition to the vast open Digital Rebar catalog, we’ve made 100% of the RackN extensions available to community users running labs up to 20 machines.

About Foreman

Foreman has been deeply embedded into Red Hat implementations focused on Puppet because it was their primary provisioning platform for a long time. Red Hat (pre-IBM acquisition) had been shifting their focus to Ironic, Satellite and Ansible. Foreman is a ruby based tool that is primarily focused on operating system provisioning with limited addon capabilities. When building add-ons, developers need to work with Ruby gems. There is minimal out of band and firmware integration. Operators will find Foreman useful for opinionated and one-pass provisioning operations. Since integrations are tightly coupled with the platform, operator extensions rely heavily on Puppet. Language: Ruby

Feature Comparison

A feature-by-feature comparison is great to compare products, but, be warned, it also hides critical insights around simplicity, integration, workflow and composability that a platform like RackN provides. Please contact us with questions, concerns or corrections.

Class Feature RackN Cobbler Foreman MaaS Ironic
API Ad Hoc (Pooled) Assignment YES ✔ no no YES ✔ YES ✔
Evented (WSS) YES ✔ no no no no
Integrated DHCP YES ✔ no no no no
Intent API YES ✔ no no no no
Secure API YES ✔ no no no no
Active Community YES ✔ no no no YES ✔
Enterprise Commercial Support YES ✔ no YES ✔ YES ✔ YES ✔
Highly Available YES ✔ no no YES ✔ no
Multi Tenant YES ✔ no no no no
RBAC with Views YES ✔ no no no no
SSO Integration YES ✔ no no no no
Flexible Field Extensible YES ✔ no YES ✔ no no
Metal and Cloud YES ✔ no YES ✔ no no
In-Field Configuration YES ✔ no no no no
Multi-OS YES ✔ Linux Linux Linux YES ✔
Hardware Automatic Classification YES ✔ no no no no
Burnin and Decommission YES ✔ no no no YES ✔
Integrate OOB / IPMI YES ✔ no no no YES ✔
Integrated Inventory YES ✔ no no YES ✔ YES ✔
Multi-Arch / Multi-Protocol YES ✔ no no no no
Switch Integration YES ✔ no no YES ✔ YES ✔
Scale Scale to 1,000s YES ✔ no no no no
Advanced Evented UX YES ✔ no no YES ✔ no
Multi-Site Management YES ✔ no no no no
Multi-Site Federated Views YES ✔ no no no no
Self-Upgrading YES ✔ no no no no
Small footprint YES ✔ no no no no
Workflow Change O/S without Reboot YES ✔ no no no no
Firmware configuration YES ✔ no no no YES ✔
Image deployment YES ✔ no no YES ✔ YES ✔
Integrated Workflow YES ✔ no no no YES ✔
Modular IaC YES ✔ no no no no
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