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.
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 add-on 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.
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.
|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|
|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 ✔|
|Dynamic Contexts||YES ✔||no||no||no||no|
|Modular IaC||YES ✔||no||no||no||no|