Once upon a time we used spreadsheets and wiki pages to document our server landscape. Then the age of working together, more people joined the team and it became tedious to maintain all those wiki pages.
And we thought, why not keep to the principle of:
Automate all boring things!
And the idb - the infrastructure database core application - was created.
What this really is
This is a rails based web application known as 'idb-core', that is fed by various 'adapters' to corelate information for machines, inventory-items, networks and such. You can find various idb adapters within the github organization:
It all began with puppet and puppetdb
The primary adapter for gathering informations has been PuppetDB. That's the reason why - unlike other adapters - the PuppetDB adapter is bundled directly within the idb. Don't fear: the idb can be used without puppet just fine.
Contact to the team
Either contact us through github or use team AT the-idb.org.
While the idb is an open source project, there is commercial support available from the fine folks at bytemine. They offer the idb packaged for various platforms and these come with support and services. (Disclaimer: currently all people working on the idb are employed by bytemine)