What is Foreman?
Foreman is an open source project that helps system administrators manage servers throughout their lifecycle, from provisioning and configuration to orchestration and monitoring. Provisioning support gives you easy control of setting up new servers, and using configuration management (Puppet, Ansible, Chef and Salt are supported), you can easily automate repetitive tasks. With Foreman, you can quickly deploy applications, and proactively manage change, both on-premise with VMs and bare-metal or in the cloud. Foreman scales well to multiple locations (offices, data centres, etc) and multiple organisations, allowing you to grow without losing your single source of infrastructure truth.
Foreman, provides comprehensive, interaction facilities including a web frontend, CLI and RESTful API which enables you to build higher level business logic on top of a solid foundation. It is deployed in many organizations, managing from 10s to 10,000s of servers. Several commercial products are based on Foreman.
- Discover, provision and upgrade your entire bare-metal infrastructure
- Create and manage instances in virtualization environment and across private and public clouds
- Install operating systems via PXE, local media or from templates or images
- Control and gather reports from your configuration management software
- Group your hosts and manage them in bulk, regardless of location
- Review historical changes for auditing or troubleshooting
- Web user interface, JSON REST API and CLI for Linux
- Extend as needed via a robust plugin architecture