Baracus...Novell's latest Open Source Tool...

Novell announced this week that it's bringing out a new Provisioning tool.  The tool named Baracus is supposedly able to provision servers with all your favorite flavors of linux both Deb and RPM based.  It works with bear metal and the top Virutalization products.  The current release runs on either SLES or OpenSuse.  It is also currently only capable of being run from the command line.  Coming in Mid-Jan of 2011 is a REST interface which will probably mean a bunch of web interfaces by the end of next year.  The other significant part to this is that they are using Postgres for the database and claim that it will be nearly a black box.  I do have to wonder what this means for ZenWorks?  It may explain why Open Suse seems to have abandon Zenworks. 

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.