At AWS re:Invent this week, there was much fanfare about the public cloud provider’s new solutions for on-premises clouds. In fact, many pundits in the industry look at the hyperscale clouds, and AWS specifically, and see a future where only a select few understand infrastructure and operations. The future is
Super Deep Dive into DHCP, PXE Boot, and Remote Installation
Over the past 20 years, Linux admins have defined provisioning with a limited scope; PXE boot with Cobbler. This approach continues to be popular today even though it only installs an operating system limiting the operators’ ability to move beyond this outdated paradigm Digital Rebar is the answer operators have
The latest mantra in IT is to cleanly abstract away everything including hardware, software, management, processes, etc. Take “serverless” for example – there are still servers involved but much more hidden than before. This abstraction obsession is rapidly changing the way that applications and services are developed and delivered. However,
By rethinking physical ops in cloud-native terms, RackN has managed to distill out a powerful provisioning tool for DevOps and SRE minded operators who need robust API/CLI, Day 2 Ops, security and control as primary design requirements. By bootstrapping foundational automation with Digital Rebar Provision, DevOps teams lay a foundation for data center operations that improves collaboration between operators and SRE teams: operators enjoy additional control and reuse and SREs get a doorway into building a fully automated process.