Digital Rebar is predominantly seen as a programming platform for infrastructure and automation so reusability and modularity are a priority. Rob Hirschfeld, CEO and Co-Founder of RackN, explains that while Terraform is good for having a Microsoft library, for instance, that you can leverage against their APIs, once you have built that plan, it is difficult to reuse or change it. One of the challenges is that you don’t want everybody in the team building customs plans because the components of the plan are not easily reusable. Hirschfeld goes on to explain that ideally things that are unique for a team or individual’s needs can be encapsulated into a small part of a broader template or plan. This is where Digital Rebar comes in. To find out more, watch this video.

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

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 the2030.cloud, 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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