6 and 7 February 2017

Gent, Belgium

Rudder: what's new and what's next? Roadmap, vision and thoughts

Jonathan Clarke - Monday, February 6, 14:00 - 14:20 - B4.042

Rudder 4.0 was released in November 2016 with a complete UI redesign, and a new ""audit"" mode. This mode changes the focus and everday usage of Rudder - from simply testing your policy across all hosts *before* enforcing it, to using Rudder as a fully-blown continuous auditing tool. Recent versions also introduced variable expansion anywhere across policies including some clever default and fallback options.

The development team is now working on Rudder 4.1 that will include:

  • an advanced feature to query external APIs and pull in node properties dynamically
  • the ability to add "key=value" tags to all Rules and Directives in order to categorize them
  • a new API on relay servers to enable node-to-node file sharing and remote run in firewalled environments

This talk will introduce these new features and show how to use them, hopefully getting you as excited as we are! Then, I'll move on to explain about longer-term feature ideas we have for Rudder, and the general vision linked to future developments.


About Jonathan Clarke

Jonathan Clarke is the cofounder and chief product officer at Normation, an open source software company based in Paris. Jonathan mainly works on Rudder, a truly open source IT automation and compliance tool with professional enterprise requirements, automatic reporting, and lightweight agents at its heart. Jonathan is a system engineer by trade. In his professional life, he has worked almost exclusively with open source tools and dabbled with them well before that. He has also contributed to several open source projects, including OpenLDAP, LSC, and CFEngine. In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys {brewing,drinking,cooking with} real ale and cycling around Paris.