StackIQ Releases Stacki 4.0 With Support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Raspberry Pi and NetApp Storage Arrays

stackiq bare metal provisioningStackIQ, the company that develops and supports Stacki, helping customers automate the provisioning and management of small to large, dedicated bare metal environments, announced the availability of a new major release of their software, Stacki 4.0 includes support for new platforms such as SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12, Raspberry Pi and NetApp; new ease of use features; and updates to existing support for Kubernetes and Docker.

“We are delighted to welcome Stacki 4.0 into our certification program,” said Frank Rego, Director of ISV Partnerships at SUSE. “Stacki Pro and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 were certified in a customer’s rigorous real-world environment and are being used in their data centers around the world.”

The new platforms supported in Stacki 4.0:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 – Stacki Pro is now ported to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2 and has been certified by SUSE. Customers can use Stacki Pro to provision nodes running the latest version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
  • Raspberry Pi provisioning (Requires Stacki ‘Ace’ for ARM processors) – The Stacki management server can be installed on a Raspberry Pi removing the need for a dedicated X86 server for cluster installs using Stacki. Stacki can also provision Raspberry Pi nodes allowing mixed cluster installs with Raspberry Pis and X86 servers
  • New Advanced Storage Configurations – minimize manual steps involved in storage configurations such as
    • External Storage Array configuration for NetApp Arrays
    • Parallel Disk Formatting for rapid provisioning of storage hosts

“We are pleased to introduce the breadth of platform support and the improved ease of use features in Stacki 4.0,” said Tim McIntire, co-founder of StackIQ. “Users of Stacki can now utilize our sophisticated bare metal automation capabilities across SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Raspberry Pi and NetApp arrays in addition to our currently supported platforms.”

New ease of use features in Stacki 4.0 would include:

  • Advanced Hostfile parameters in spreadsheets including the ability to specify groups (e.g. dev, test, prod), boxes, run-action, and installation. These steps can now be indicated in the spreadsheet input improving intelligent management of the infrastructure.
  • GitHub integration and URL-based Pallets providing simple integration between Pallets developed and stored in GitHub and simple ingestion of Pallets from outside a cluster’s local network.
  • Stacki Pro UX Updates
    • Stacki UX now takes advantage of the Stacki Pro API. System admins can create multiple user accounts for the GUI with admins or non-admin permissions
    • Monitor temperature of CPUs for all nodes on your cluster
    • Global Utilization now provides dynamically updated data
    • GUI users can create Pallets from ISOs

Updates in Stacki 4.0 to existing features would include:

  • Enhancements to Kubernetes and Docker Pallets
    • TLS/SSL client and server encryption
    • Prometheus integration for monitoring and dashboards

Open Source Stacki is a bare metal provisioning platform that is used by medium-sized and web scale enterprises to provision and manage bare metal clusters, some of which are as large as 3000+ nodes. Provisioning hundreds or thousands of nodes with Stacki’s parallel installer would take the same ease and nearly the same speed as provisioning one node.

The company behind Stacki, StackIQ, helps customers automate the provisioning and management of small to large bare metal environments for a variety of use cases including big data, container deployment, building appliances, data center automation and private cloud automation.

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