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Rob Hirschfeld, CEO/Co-Founder of RackN speaks with Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy and CIO of Apcera on a variety of cloud and DevOps related topics including Mark’s recent blog post, Why Adoption of Public Cloud Likely Won’t Exceed 17 Percent of Total IT Demand by 2022. TOPIC                                                                    TIME Intro to Mark / Latest on Culture                     0:00 – 3:50 Winners/Losers Mentality in IT                 ...

Operating hardware is too hard today. And too expensive.  Let’s fix that. The problem with physical ops is not that it’s hard, complex or fragile. Okay, it is and those ARE problems, but they are compounded by the lack of shared management software and practices missing from this layer.  When the RackN team set out to solve these physical challenges, we knew the software had to be very focused to replace the current Cobbler and Foreman environments....

We’ve made open network provisioning radically simpler.  So simple, you can install in 5 minutes and be provisioning in under 30.  That’s a bold claim, but it’s also an essential deliverable for us to bridge the Ops execution gap in a way that does not disrupt your existing tool chains. We’ve got a remarkable list of feature additions between Digital Rebar Provision (DRP) v3.0 and v3.1 that take it from basic provision into a powerful distributed infrastructure...

TL;DR: We’ve built a buttery smooth Terraform provider for Bare Metal that runs equally on, of course, servers, Packet.net servers or VirtualBox VMs.  If you like Hashicorp Terraform and want it to own your data center too, then read on. Deep into the Digital Rebar Provision (DRP) release plan, a customer asked the RackN team to build a Terraform provider for DRP.  They had some very specific requirements that would stress all the new workflows and out-of-band...

Author’s call to action: if you think you already know this is a problem, then why do we keep reliving it?  We’re doing our part open with Digital Rebar and we need more help to secure infrastructure using foundational automation. There’s a frustrating cyberattack driven security awareness cycle in IT Operations.  Exploits and vulnerabilities are neither new nor unexpected; however, there is a new element taking shape that should raise additional alarm. Cyberattacks are increasingly profit generating and...

TL;DR: Hybrid killed IT. I’m a regular participant on BWG Roundtable calls and often extend those discussions 1x1.  This post collects questions from one of those follow-up meetings where we explored how data center markets are changing based on new capacity and also the impact of cloud.   We both believe in the simple answer, “it’s going to be hybrid.” We both feel that this answer does not capture the real challenges that customers are facing. So who are...