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)
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 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
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)
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)