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Free the Cloud with Dell Crowbar

Streamline configuration, deployment and use of your hardware in the cloud

Deploying an open-source cloud can be a challenge. The right components can help you do the job. Imagine if you could:
  • Move hardware online and install and configure applications quickly and efficiently
  • Install an operating system without having to wait for datacenter personnel to rack and configure servers
  • Recover service quickly after a hardware failure
  • Install and configure applications and operating systems once and only once

If these issues are important to you, Dell Crowbar can help. Dell Crowbar is a complete automated operations platform based on the Crowbar Open Source Project. It brings industrial processes to your IT operations, where the input is bare-metal hardware and the output is usable applications.

With Dell Crowbar, you can discover and configure hardware (BIOS and RAID) and deploy as well as configure operating systems and applications. And you can do all of this in a repeatable manner at a fraction of the usual time required.
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Maximize Hardware ROIRequires minimal hardware setup (rack and stack), then automatically discovers and readies hardware for further provisioning.
Easily Perform Standard MaintenanceAllows you to easily leverage all the latest BIOS and RAID releases and makes it easy and fast to apply them across all your hardware.
Save TimeFrees you from performing manual network configuration and server setups with a simple, repeatable and highly automated process. Enables you to stand up a system from bare metal to operational in a fraction of the usual time.
Recover QuicklyCreates templates of your server configurations so they’re easy to recover and rebuild, enabling you to get up and running quickly and reliably.
Open and FlexibleIs built on open-source technologies, avoiding proprietary lock-in and giving you the flexibility to make changes as needed.
Leverage a vast EcosystemConnects you to the Dell Crowbar ecosystem with access to experts, the barclamp library and other code, and quick, effective support.

Crowbar case studies

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    The University of Alabama at Birmingham

    11/1/2013

    World-renowned research institution speeds global research with a Dell™ private cloud based on the Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud reference architecture, Inktank® Ceph® and Dell Crowbar.

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    How Dell Does IT: Cloudera Solutions

    7/1/2012

    SecureWorks slashes the cost of storage with Dell | Cloudera Solution.

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    ACK STORM

    5/1/2013

    ACK STORM predicts 30 percent growth in first 12 months of cloud service, offering autoscaling and automatic application deployment.

Crowbar resources

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    Crowbar Project Website

    The Crowbar Project is an effort to build a complete, easy to use operational platform for everyone. It allows for any number of physical nodes to be moved from bare-metal to production cluster within hours.

  2. Rob Hirschfeld's Blog

    Rob Hirschfeld's Blog: Agile in the Clouds

    Get tips, hints and training material for Crowbar and OpenStack from a Dell expert on open source cloud computing.

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    Crowbar Software Framework

    7/15/2013

    Learn how to accelerate multinode cloud deployments, simplify maintenance and streamline ongoing updates with the Crowbar software framework, a modular, open-source framework from Dell.

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    CloudOps: Operating OpenStack Clouds — An Operational Approach

    10/28/2011

    Learn about options to implement your cloud infrastructure using DevOps principles so you can quickly and easily modify your cloud components over time.

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    Bootstrapping OpenStack Clouds

    2/8/2012

    Build an open-source cloud infrastructure based on OpenStack and Dell PowerEdge C servers. Learn about the design fundamentals of creating a hyperscale cloud infrastructure and how Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution can help you establish one.

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    Intel TXT Crowbar Barclamp Solution Brief

    7/24/2013

    Learn how Dell and Intel have collaborated to integrate Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT) into the Crowbar framework to simplify Intel TXT adoption in OpenStack environments.