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February 2016

By Rob Hirschfeld Lately, I've been talking about the general concept of hybrid DevOps adding composability, orchestration and services to traditional configuration. It's time add a concrete example because the RackN team is deliving it with Digital Rebar and Kubernetes. So far, we enabled a single open platform to install over 18 different configurations of Kubernetes simply by changing command line flags [videos below]. By taking advantage of the Digital Rebar underlay abstractions and orchestration, we are able to...

Why did your mom care about underwear? She wanted you to have good hygiene. What is good Ops hygiene? It’s not as simple as keeping up with the laundry, but the idea is similar. It means that we’re not going to get surprised by something in our environment that we’d taken for granted. It means that we have a fundamental level of control to keep clean. Let’s explore this in context. I’ve struggled with the term “underlay”...

The RackN team has been working on making DevOps more portable for over five years.  Portable between vendors, sites, tools and operating systems means that our automation needs be to hybrid in multiple dimensions by design. Why drive for hybrid?  It’s about giving users control. I believe that application should drive the infrastructure, not the reverse.  I’ve heard may times that the “infrastructure should be invisible to the user.”  Unfortunately, lack of abstraction and composibility make it difficult to code across platforms....