NOTE: Digital Rebar operates completely behind your firewall. No control or provisioning traffic leaves your network.
The RackN portal is an in-browser application that provides a graphical user interface (aka UX) for the Digital Rebar API. After downloading the application from portal.rackn.io, the UX connects directly from the user’s browser to the Digital Rebar Server without transiting external networks.
The UX also provides access to download RackN online assets such as the curated catalog; product alerts and news; and RackN license management and documentation.
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Since the UX connects directly to Digital Rebar Servers, no control or configuration data is stored by RackN. In this model, RackN is simply providing consistent HTTPS access to the “single page” React application.
In addition to providing basic navigation and views of the Digital Rebar data, the UX uses web sockets (WSS) to provide event-driven live updates. This allows operators to watch provisioning operations in real time.
The UX Plugin for Digital Rebar enhances the RackN UX by enabling operators to define special site, role and user based behaviors. The behaviors include custom menus, columns, filters and pages for the RackN UX.
As a plugin extending the Digital Rebar data model, operators can define and manage specialized filters, menu items and views using our Infrastructure as Code system.
The ability to override the UX menus and pages is especially powerful to restrict UX options for different classes of users.
For customers who want to avoid using the RackN portal or need an independent on-site backup UX, the RackN UX can be self-hosted from the Digital Rebar Server or any modern web server. This option allows customers to manage their own domain name and security certificate.
When self-hosting the UX, customers may choose to keep the RackN online integrations or disable them to eliminate external traffic (aka air-gap). Air-gap configurations require specialized deployment consideration and management.
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