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OpenStack Board Member Rob Hirschfeld on the impact of DevOps, SDN, Docker & more

Art Fewell | Feb. 26, 2015
I recently had the great pleasure to sit down with community-elected OpenStack board member and Crowbar co-creator, Rob Hirschfeld. Rob shared awesome nuggets of wisdom on data center and cloud operations, you can view the video and the full transcript below:

What we're doing is we're basically extending the life of the new version of Crowbar. We rewrote it and it's this really exciting, interesting physical operations or physical infrastructure abstraction that lets people take all of the value and the automation and the things that they expect to happen in cloud but then do it against physical infrastructure.

That's where you start getting into, really, software converged infrastructure where you can build networking based on what your needs are. Dynamically you can build infrastructure based on what you need. You can't manufacture infrastructure but you can use it in a much "cloudier way". It really redefines what you can do in a datacenter.

We saw that potential in this project and we've been racking it to build around helping provide support for that and then commercial extension and make sure it works with different vendor's hardware, provide consulting and support for building that out as a platform.

Art Fewell: I'm excited to see more what you do, because for those of you. If you haven't been around the OpenStack community for very long, if you're not familiar with Crowbar and you may have heard a thing about Puppet or a Chef or Ansible or things like this. Crowbar, at least from an openstack installer perspective is kinda like their daddy, right?

Rob Hirschfeld: I don't know about that.

Art Fewell: You can tell in the popularity, the ubiquity of how widely it seems to have been used especially among the early OpenStack community before some of the more recent tools have followed along in the tracks. Basically, anyone who's tried to deploy OpenStack, one thing you'll know is that it's hard. It's not an easy thing to deploy OpenStack. That's getting to be easier 'cause I now I can go over to Red Hat OpenStack and I can download a bundle and click and install. If the stars are aligned and everything goes smoothly, not that hard, right? That's now. That's if you're doing that exact reference architecture.

One of the things I think Crowbar has been doing for really a large portion of the OpenStack community for a few years now is giving the ability to click a button and have ... There's a little more complexity too at that but you can get to the point where you click a button and you have an OpenStack deployment happen from the bare metal on up to the operating system installed and everything.

Rob Hirschfeld: I want to differentiate. What's interesting is that was really what we did in Crowbar 1. What we heard was that ... You're exactly right. If the stars align I can use Red Hat's open installer, I can use other people's OpenStack installers.


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