Last week, Scott Jensen, RackN COO, uploaded a batch of OpenCrowbar install and demo videos. I’ve presented them in reverse chronological order so you can see what OpenCrowbar looks like before you run the installation process.
Building cloud infrastructure requires a rock-solid foundation.
In this hour, Rob Hirschfeld will demo automated tooling, specifically OpenCrowbar, to prepare and integrate physical infrastructure to ready state and then use PackStack to install OpenStack.
The OpenCrowbar project started in 2011 as an OpenStack installer and had grown into a general purpose provisioning and infrastructure orchestration framework that works in parallel with multiple hardware vendors, operating systems and devops tools. These tools create a fast, durable and repeatable environment to install OpenStack, Ceph, Kubernetes, Hadoop or other scale platforms.
Rob will show off the latest features and discuss key concepts from the Crowbar operational model including Ready State, Functional Operations and Late Binding. These concepts, built into Crowbar, can be applied generally to make your operations more robust and scalable.
RAID – Automatically set RAID configuration parameters depending on how the system will be used.
Support for LSI controllers
Single and Dual RAID configuration
BIOS – Automatically set BIOS settings depending on how the system will be used.
Configuration setting for Dell PE series systems
Out of Band Support– Configure and manage systems via their OOB interface
Support for IPMI and WSMan
RPM Installation (it riseth again!) – Install OpenCrowbar via a standard RPM instead of a Docker container
SaltStack integration – OpenCrowbar can install SaltStack as a configuration tool to take over after “Ready State”
Chef Provisioning (was Chef Metal) – OpenCrowbar driver allows Chef to build clusters on bare metal using the Crowbar API.
Automated smoke test and code coverage analysis for all pull requests.
And…v2.1 is the first release with commercial support!
RackN (rackn.com) offers consulting and support for the OpenCrowbar v2.1 release. The company was started by Crowbar founders Greg Althaus, Scott Jensen, Dan Choquette, and myself specifically to productize and extend Crowbar.