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OpenStack is a real platform doing real work for real users.  So why does OpenStack have a reputation for not working?  It falls into the lack of core-focus paradox: being too much to too many undermines your ability to do something well.  In this case, we keep conflating the community and the code. I have a long history with the project but have been pretty much outside of it (yay, Kubernetes!) for the last 18 months.  That...

        Joining this week’s L8ist Sh9y Podcast is Yves Boudreau, VP or Partnerships and Ecosystem Strategy at Ericsson. Rob Hirschfeld and Yves discuss the Ericsson Unified Delivery Network platform and the concept of a global content provider service built on heterogeneous infrastructure. Yves also provides insight into what webscale customers are looking for in the Edge as they give thought around balancing their applications from public cloud services to future edge clouds.  Finally, Rob and Yves talk about the coming fundamental...

Welcome to the weekly post of the RackN blog recap of all things Digital Rebar, RackN, SRE, and DevOps. If you have any ideas for this recap or would like to include content please contact us at info@rackn.com or tweet Rob (@zehicle) or RackN (@rackngo) Items of the Week Digital Rebar Digital Rebar Online Community Meetup #2 Meeting Notes Meetup Video Recording Next Meetup – Tuesday October 24th at 11:00am PST Community Content Video Stay in Touch with the Community Digital Rebar: http://rebar.digital/ ...

Author’s note: We’re looking for RackN Beta participants who want to help refine next generation deployment capabilities like the one described below.  We have these processes working today - our goal is to make them broadly reusable and standardized. We’ve been posting [Go CI/CD and Immutable Infrastructure for Edge Computing Management] and podcasting [Discoposse: The Death of Configuration Management, Immutable Deployment Challenges for DevOps] about the concept of immutable infrastructure because it offers simpler and more repeatable...

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...

In our last post, we pretty much tore apart the idea of running mini-clouds on the edge because they are not designed to be managed at scale in resource constrained environments without deep hardware automation.  While I’m a huge advocate of API-driven infrastructure, I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all API because a good API provides purpose-driven abstractions. The logical extension is that having deep hardware automation means there’s no need for cloud (aka virtual infrastructure) APIs.  This...

I left the OpenStack OpenDev Edge Infrastructure conference with a lot of concerns relating to how to manage geographically distributed infrastructure at scale.  We’ve been asking similar questions at RackN as we work to build composable automation that can be shared and reused.  The critical need is to dramatically reduce site-specific customization in a way that still accommodates required variation - this is something we’ve made surprising advances on in Digital Rebar v3.1. These are very serious...

Rob Hirschfeld, CEO and Co-Founder, RackN talks with Stephen Spector, HPE Cloud Evangelist about the recent uptake in Ansible news as well as how Digital Rebar Provision assists Ansible users. Listen to the 9 minute podcast here: As this is the launch of L8ist Sh9y Podcast from RackN we encourage you to visit our site at https://soundcloud.com/user-410091210 or subscribe to the RSS Feed. We will also be publishing on iTunes as well shortly....

Cloud Native thinking is thankfully changing the way we approach traditional IT infrastructure.  These profound changes in how we build applications with 12-factor design and containers has deep implications on how we manage configuration and the tools we use to do it.  These are not cloud only impacts - the changes impact every corner of IT data centers. “You still have to do configuration management but… we’re getting to a point we can do a lot less”...

Welcome to the weekly post of the RackN blog recap of all things SRE. If you have any ideas for this recap or would like to include content please contact us at info@rackn.com or tweet Rob (@zehicle) or RackN (@rackngo) SRE Items of the Week Report: DevOps is still considered a new phenomenon http://sdtimes.com/report-devops-still-considered-new-phenomenon   While companies have grasped that DevOps leads to an increase in innovation, DevOps adoption and implementation still remains a challenge for many. Logz.io, an AI-powered...