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

Announcing the Stacki Open Source Project release 1.0.

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 out of the Rocks Cluster Distribution project conducted at the San Diego Supercomputer Center located on the University of California, San Diego campus), we wanted to give back to the community.

Will we have relevant things for sale? Of course we will – Like StackIQ Boss, our commercial cluster management product for Big Data and OpenStack. But not on the project. For that all we want is your commentary and participation if you have the time.

The installer is designed to take any bare physical or virtual machine, and turn it into a working Linux server on your network. You can customize RAID configuration, networking, partitioning, and a ton more. It also has hooks to make it work within your Ops environment – whether you want to use Chef, or Puppet, or bash scripts, or whatever to customize your install, Stacki will let you use the tools you already have. And finally, it is expandable.

We released Stacki with only the base Linux server defined, but right away at release we have a “How-To” document explaining one way to add the installation and configuration of your apps to the server install. More How-Tos are coming soon, offering other options and paths to getting your apps installed and configured with the OS to speed your time to deliver working servers. Stacki is different, it’s a parameterized installer – so no “golden images” to track, just definitions, RPMS, and the like that are assembled at install time to deliver the options (like hostname or RAID config) you’ve set for your server on the hardware the server presents to the installer. It’s fast, it is designed to do as much as possible in parallel, meaning no waiting around for one before starting the next. And it’s expandable.

Join us on Github, or visit the Stacki website to get started playing with it today!

Crossposted from www.stackiq.com

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Don MacVittie is founder of Ingrained Technology, A technical advocacy and software development consultancy. He has experience in application development, architecture, infrastructure, technical writing,DevOps, and IT management. MacVittie holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northern Michigan University, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.

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