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.
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