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Digital Rebar Gives Organizations Greater Control Over Running Terraform Scripts


Guest: Rob Hirschfeld (LinkedIn, Twitter)
Company: RackN (Twitter)
Show: To The Point
Keyword: Infrastructure as Code (IaC)

Credentials have to have permissions to touch all the things in the infrastructure that need to be set up. A lot of companies don’t want to give out very broad, generous tokens. One of the challenges of Terraform is that it can require companies to have very broad access to the infrastructure in order to perform basic operations. It accomplishes this by separating the action of calling the Terraform template from building clusters or running machines. Rob Hirschfeld, CEO and Co-Founder of RackN, explains that Digital Rebar allows you to abstract those functions so you don’t have to give out credentials to all of the teams. Hirschfeld talks further in this video about why having a resource broker abstraction like Digital Rebar helps control who runs the Terraform scripts and how they are invoked, getting more control back to the organization.

About Rob Hirschfeld: Rob has been in the cloud and infrastructure space for 20 years and has done everything from start-ups working with early ESX betas to serving four terms on the OpenStack Foundation Board and as an executive at Dell. As leader on, he believes that the technology of running data centers and applications on cloud is just part of the bigger story. He trained as an Industrial Engineer and carries a passion for applying Lean and Agile processes to software delivery.  Rob has received degrees from Duke University and Louisiana State University.

About RackN: RackN was founded with the vision of operators working together to improve IT operations through shared software and community regardless of infrastructure type. The company believes that operators should be able to maintain control, consistency and choice over their infrastructure without requiring prescriptive appliances or managed offerings.

The summary of the show is written by Emily Nicholls.

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