RackN maintains a comprehensive catalog of tooling for operating systems (O/Ses) and basic provisioning operations.  Since Digital Rebar is designed to be an integrated platform, components are designed to be used together in a modular way.

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Inventory Classification & Validation

Digital Rebar performs a deep hardware scan, known as “gohai,” as part of our default Workflows.  This scan enables subsequent steps to incorporate specific hardware attributes into configuration processes such as understanding the drive speed and type of storage or layout of the system RAM.  This data is available via the API and plugin extensions.

RackN also supports multiple hardware classification and validation options to help customers map discovered infrastructure into automatic processes.  These checks are easily added to other workflows for environmental verification or to dynamically adjust behaviors based on operator defined conditions.  RackN is constantly expanding these libraries based on customer requests.

Out of Band (OoB) Management (BMC, IPMI, Redfish, etc)

While Digital Rebar does not require access to out of band management interfaces, it does support a wide range of industry and vendor specific protocols including IPMI, Redfish, Dell iDRAC, HP iLO, and Lenovo ILM.  RackN maintains these integrations in the open ecosystem and is constantly expanding the list of supported OoB management platforms.

Power controls are exposed using Object Action extensions that are controlled via the integrated RBAC controls.  This allows operators to limit and delegate power controls for self-service or tenant restricted users.

Firmware Configuration

RackN maintains a library of tasks for setting firmware on a wide range of systems.  Firmware update processes are primarily performed “in-band” whenever systems are in the Discovery stage.  This design allows RackN to leverage vendor tooling in a general and highly parallelized way.

Please request our Hardware Compatibility List for details.

RAID Configuration

RackN maintains a library of tasks for inventorying and configuring RAID on a wide range of systems.  RAID update processes are primarily performed “in-band” whenever systems are in the Discovery stage.  This design allows RackN to leverage vendor tooling in a general and highly parallelized way.

To normalize vendor features, Digital Rebar uses a RAID abstraction model that can be used to create both general and highly specialized RAID configurations.

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BIOS Configuration

RackN maintains a library of tasks for inventorying and configuring BIOS on a wide range of systems.  BIOS update processes are primarily performed “in-band” whenever systems are in the Discovery stage.  This design allows RackN to leverage vendor tooling in a general and highly parallelized way.

Since Digital Rebar Workflows are designed to manage state through multiple reboot cycles, RackN is able to perform complex and multi-step BIOS configuration steps in a fully automated way.

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Burn In & Decommission

The RackN library includes a series of tasks used to help ensure new systems have been load tested before deployment (burn in) and repurposed systems have been adequately cleared of sensitive data (decommissioned).  Together, these modules support a critical feature of a self-service Bare Metal Cloud.

Operators may have their own tools or scripts for these functions.  By design, Digital Rebar processes are very flexible and can accommodate additional custom steps without having to modify shared code libraries.

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