OpenStack Vancouver six observations: partners, metal, tents, defore, brands & breakage

As always, OpenStack conferences/summits are packed with talks and discussions.  Any one of these six points could be a full post; however, I would rather post now and start discussions.  Let me know what you think! 1. Partnering Everywhere – … Continue reading

API Driven Metal = OpenCrowbar + Chef Provisioning

The OpenCrowbar community created a Chef-Provisioning driver that allows you to quickly build hardware clusters using Chef cookbooks. When we started using Chef in 2011, there was a distinct gap around bootstrapping systems.  The platform did a great job of automation and even … Continue reading

Starting RackN – Delivering open ops by pulling an OpenCrowbar Bunny out of our hat

When Dell pulled out from OpenCrowbar last April, I made a commitment to our community to find a way to keep it going.  Since my exit from Dell early in October 2014, that commitment has taken the form of RackN. Today, we’re ready … Continue reading

Need a physical ops baseline? Crowbar continues to uniquely fill gap

I’ve been watching to see if other open “bare metal” projects would morph to match the system-level capabilities that we proved in Crowbar v1 and honed in the re-architecture of OpenCrowbar.  The answer appears to be that Crowbar simply takes … Continue reading

Ops Bridges > Building a Sharable Ops Infrastructure with Composable Tool Chain Orchestration

This posted started from a discussion with Judd Maltin that he documented in a post about “wanting a composable run deck.” I’ve had several conversations comparing OpenCrowbar with other “bare metal provisioning” tools that do thing like serve golden images … Continue reading

OpenCrowbar Design Principles: The Ops Challenge [Series 2 of 6]

This is part 2 of 6 in a series discussing the principles behind the “ready state” and other concepts implemented in OpenCrowbar.  The content is reposted from the OpenCrowbar docs repo. The operations challenge A deployment framework is key to solving the … Continue reading

OpenCrowbar: ready to fly as OpenOps neutral platform – Dell stepping back

With the Anvil release in the bag, Dell announced on the community list yesterday that it has stopped active contribution on the Crowbar project.  This effectively relaunches Crowbar as a truly vendor-neutral physical infrastructure provisioning tool. While I cannot speak for my employer, … Continue reading

OpenCrowbar.Anvil released – hammering out a gold standard in open bare metal provisioning

I’m excited to be announcing OpenCrowbar’s first release, Anvil, for the community.  Looking back on our original design from June 2012, we’ve accomplished all of our original objectives and more. Now that we’ve got the foundation ready, our next release … Continue reading

DevOps Concept: “Ready State” Infrastructure as hand-off milestone

Working for Dell, it’s no surprise that I have a lot of discussions around building up and maintaining the physical infrastructure to run a data centers at scale.  Generally the context is around OpenCrowbar, Hadoop or OpenStack Ironic/TripleO/Heat but the … Continue reading

Ops “Late Binding” is critical best practice and key to Crowbar differentiation

Late binding is a programming term that I’ve commandeered for Crowbar’s DevOps design objectives. We believe that late binding is a best practice for CloudOps. Understanding this concept is turning out to be an important but confusing differentiation for Crowbar. … Continue reading