DOP 234: Better Bare Metal Infrastructure Management With RackN

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 25, 2023

Show Notes

#234: The shift to cloud computing has greatly increased the popularity of infrastructure as code.

But think about it. Cloud is nothing more than an abstraction on top of bare metal servers. Why can’t we just as easily manage our bare metal servers as code as well?

In this episode, we speak with Rob Hirschfeld, founder and CEO at RackN, about the challenges and opportunities of managing bare metal servers as code.


Rob Hirschfeld

Rob Hirschfeld

Rob Hirschfeld is the CEO and founder of RackN, an Austin-based start-up that develops software to help automate data centers, which they call Digital Rebar.

This platform helps connect all the different pieces and tools that people use to manage infrastructure into workflow pipelines through seamless multi-component automation across the different pieces and parts needed to bring up IT systems, platforms and applications.

Rob has a background in Scale Computing, Mechanical and Systems Engineering, and specializes in large-scale complex systems that are integrated with the physical environment.

He has founded companies and been in the cloud and infrastructure space for nearly 25 years, and has done everything from building the first Clouds using ESXi betas to serving four terms on the OpenStack Foundation Board.


Darin Pope

Darin Pope

Darin Pope is a developer advocate for CloudBees.

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic

Viktor Farcic is a member of the Google Developer Experts and Docker Captains groups, and published author.

His big passions are DevOps, Containers, Kubernetes, Microservices, Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment (CI/CD) and Test-Driven Development (TDD).

He often speaks at community gatherings and conferences (latest can be found here).

He has published The DevOps Toolkit Series, DevOps Paradox and Test-Driven Java Development.

His random thoughts and tutorials can be found in his blog

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