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Since the first release of the Stacki Open Source project, it has seen the type of growth that one would expect of a cutting-edge tool that makes operations lives easier. The number of active users continues to increase, as does the breadth of things they’re achieving with the world’s fastest open source Linux install tool. Several very prominent enterprises have joined the list of active users, and have asked for a range of enhancements. Stacki 2 incorporates many of these requests. More enterprise friendly functionality, in more enterprises, enabling enterprise IT to do more. So the Stacki team spent a considerable bit of time making Stacki more friendly to enterprise environments. This week, we released a version with these changes. The changes are spread across the product, touching on many parts of the system, and some of the changes are pretty complex. But we’l... (more)

If You Look Close, You Can See Ops’ Future By @DMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

The evolution of IT operations is upon us. There has been a lot of change in both direction and momentum over the last several years, and at this point, it is not hard to see the future of Ops. Perhaps, having worked for a networking firm and a server automation firm, it is easier to see than for the average operations person, so let’s just take a look at the burgeoning ops trends and technologies and see where they ultimately lead us… APIs for Infrastructure gear. The days of memorizing ten different command line interfaces are rapidly coming to a close. While GUIs exist for mos... (more)

It Is Past Time to Deconstruct #DevOps By @DMacVittie | @DevOpsSummit #Containers #Microservices

It is interesting to me how quickly the hype cycle of a good thing can turn it into a monster that will inevitably eat itself, leaving a much smaller – and much more useful – concept or toolset behind. It has happened over and over in high tech, one need only say “XML” to understand what I mean. It is definitely a useful tool for some jobs, but the “XML Everywhere” craze was insane. People declaring such patently false ideas as “It will end the need for programmers.” Thankfully for those of us using it, XML in the enterprise is largely a data-at-rest tool for small datasets (inc... (more)

The Cloud Is in a Datacenter By @DMacVittie | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Containers

The Cloud Is in a Datacenter Funny thing about the never-ending discussions of cloud, virtualization, and containers out here in pundit-land… Most writers blithely ignore the one truth that all of us need to be reminded of on occasion. Your cloud is built on hardware. Yes indeed, I did say that out loud. Talk about fifteen layers of server/network virtualization all you like, SDX your way into the 22nd century, but never forget that someone somewhere is racking and stacking to make it happen. Why does that matter? Well for a lot of reasons, though they can be broken into the us... (more)

Happy Stacki Day! By @DMacVittie | @CloudExpo #Cloud

We at StackIQ have been burning the midnight oil in order to meet all of our commitments and still make this day come for the community. Today, we released the first iteration of Stacki, the fastest open source bare metal installer. Not excited yet? Read on. Stacki is a streamlined version of the base installer from our flagship product StackIQ Boss. It has been used on over one million servers, and has had the kinks worked out. This is not a “great idea, let’s get a first iteration out there,” this is a baked idea that, because of our long association with open source (we grew ... (more)