Baracus Project Delivers the Next Generation of System Boot and Build Management

15 November 2010

Novell today announced the release of and support for the Baracus project, an open source platform focused on delivering a feature rich, easy to use, highly customizable boot and build management solution.

As more and more users move their workloads to the cloud and as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings become more prevalent, the need for more sophisticated and automated cloud management tools will be required. Baracus is the only solution in the market today that addresses this current technology gap and provides the most complete systems management possible.

At its core, Baracus is a network based boot manager, power controller and provisioning engine designed to manage highly scalable system deployments. Specifically, Baracus provides hardware inventory, booting, building, cloning, imaging, rescuing and decommissioning for servers.

According to Dave Cohen, chief cloud architect at EMC, "As hosting providers adopt the Cloud model of provisioning and managing software-based services they are realizing the need for a boot/build mechanism that scales to tens of thousands of hosts and/or virtual machines. Baracus is positioned to satisfy this customer requirement."

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