RackN Ends DevOps Gridlock in Data Center

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RackN (rackn.com) today announced the availability of Digital Rebar Provision, the industry’s first cloud-native physical provisioning utility.

PXE & DHCP Automation

Digital Rebar Provision

A pragmatic path from physical boot to provisioning without having to start over and rebuild my data center to get there.

By releasing their API-driven provisioning tool as a stand-alone component of the larger open Digital Rebar suite, RackN helps DevOps teams break automation bottlenecks in their legacy data centers without disrupting current operations. The stand-alone open utility can be deployed in under 5 minutes and fits into any data center design. RackN also announced a $1,000 starter support and consulting package to further accelerate transition from tools like Cobbler, MaaS or Stacki to the new Golang utility.

“We were seeing SREs suffering from high job turnover,” said Rob Hirschfeld, RackN founder and CEO. “When their integration plans get gridlocked by legacy tooling they quickly either lose patience or political capital. Digital Rebar Provision replaces the legacy tools without process disruption so that everyone can find shared wins early in large SRE initiatives.”

The first cloud-native physical provisioning utility
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Data center provisioning is surprisingly complex because it’s caught between cutting edge hardware and arcane protocols and firmware requirements that are difficult to disrupt. The heart of the system is a fickle combination of specific DHCP options, a firmware bootstrap environment (known as PXE), a very lightweight file transfer protocol (TFTP) and operating system specific templating tools like preseed and kickstart. Getting all these pieces to work together with updated APIs without breaking legacy support has been elusive.

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.

A pragmatic path without burning downing the data center
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“I’m excited to see RackN providing a pragmatic path from physical boot to provisioning without having to start over and rebuild my data center to get there,” said Dave McCrory, an early cloud and data gravity innovator. “It’s time for the industry to stop splitting physical and cloud IT processes because snowflaked, manual processes slow everyone down. I can’t imagine an easier on-ramp than Digital Rebar Provision.”

The RackN Digital Rebar is making it easy for Cobbler, Stacki, MaaS and Forman users to evaluate our RESTful, Golang, Template-based PXE Provisioning utility. Interested users can evaluate the service in minutes on a laptop or engage with RackN for a more comprehensive trail with expert support. The open Provision service works both independently and as part of Digital Rebar’s full life-cycle hybrid control.

See specific features at http://rackn.com/provision/drsa.

About RackN™ and Digital Rebar™

Based in Austin, TX, RackN builds software and support services based on the open Digital Rebar platform and associated workloads like Kubernetes, Mesos, Docker Swarm, and OpenStack. Our hybrid data center automation platform allows companies to easily shift IT applications between different infrastructures. RackN investors include Juniper Networks, EVO Ventures, SK Ventures and the Duke Angel Network. For more information, visit http://rackn.com and download our SRE white paper.

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