Crowbar is an interesting project that I’ve covered before. Born out of Dell’s cloud group, much of the initial buzz described it as an installer for the cloud era… “kickstart on steroids”, if you will.
Crowbar’s close association with the OpenStack project has further cemented its reputation as an installer to watch. But’s it’s Crowbar’s quiet potential as a stack management tool that is the most interesting. Through the use of barclamps (Crowbar’s modules) you can tell Crowbar to build a full stack from the BIOS config all the way up to your middleware and applications. John Willis on an episode of DevOps Cafe called it “Data Center as Code”.