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Stacki 3.0 Release – New Features and Interoperability improvements

Today. StackIQ announced the release of Stacki 3.0. While there are new features that support both enterprise and web-scale deployments, the big news is that StackIQ’s product line has been reorganized to be compatible with Stacki. From the free Stacki Community through the advanced Stacki Enterprise, users can now pick the level of support and extras they need today, with confidence that they can upgrade without a hitch tomorrow.

When Stacki Community was released in May, it was an open source, server provisioning version of our popular StackIQ Boss product. In the process of cutting out licensed software and making certain that Stacki was just a fast server provisioning product, compatibility with StackIQ Boss was lost. This release returns cross-product compatibility, so users can start with Stacki Community, and if the need for a supported product develops upgrade directly to Stacki Pro without a hitch, and even on to Stacki Enterprise, with features that enterprise data and cloud teams will find useful and a higher level of support.

The feature chart for Stacki products that will allow you to compare and contrast them is available here: Features

Since the May release of Stacki, users of Stacki Community have had concerns about upgradability if they wished to make Stacki a more formal part of their provisioning process. This release relieves those concerns, and allows users to pick the product that suits their needs today, with a clear and simple upgrade path for tomorrow.

As mentioned above, there are also several new features available. We’ll just take a look at one. Install sets in StackIQ products and the Stacki Community project have traditionally been based upon “Pallets”. Pallets hold all of the RPMS, scripts, and configuration information to install a set type of machine or small set of machines – so Stacki Enterprise has a “Hadoop” Pallet that will handle installing and configuring Hadoop across a set of servers, yielding a functional Hadoop cluster. With this release, Pallets are replaced with “Boxes” (in keeping with the Stacki warehouse naming convention). Boxes are less static, more along the lines of a traditional Linux repository, offering greater flexibility in deployment. While many users who are happy with the default installation options will not notice a significant difference, users who wish to do more with a given Pallet – account for minor software differences and such – will find Boxes a much more flexible solution to their needs.

There are other new features… LVM support is improved with parallel formatting along the lines of parallel standard Linux partition formatting, and the Stacki Server can now be installed from USB key for those environments where it is more convenient than direct from ISO, but Boxes will, in the long run, be the change that offers users the most flexibility and improved experience.

You can download Stacki Community Edition here: Download

And learn more about the entire product line here: StackIQ.com

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Don MacVittie is founder of Ingrained Technology, A technical advocacy and software development consultancy. He has experience in application development, architecture, infrastructure, technical writing,DevOps, and IT management. MacVittie holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Northern Michigan University, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.