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OpenStack Bare Metal

Provisioning and automating bare metal machines for containers and high performance computing.

OpenStack Ironic allows users to manage bare metal infrastructure like they would virtual machines and provides ideal infrastructure to run container orchestration frameworks like Kubernetes to optimize performance.

At Verizon Media, OpenStack manages hundreds of thousands of bare metal compute resources with over 4 million cores in our data centers,” said James Penick, architect director at Verizon Media. “We have made significant changes to our supply chain process using OpenStack, fulfilling common bare metal quota requests within minutes.

James Penick
Architect Director, Verizon Media

From the perspective of cloud architects and administrators running Ironic, the service delivers support for a variety of use cases including:

Automating the entire server infrastructure 
lifecycle of deployments to updates 
to decommissioning.

Delivering cloud-like bare-metal infrastructure with multi-tenant networks to end users when used as a driver to OpenStack Nova.

With a standard API and lightweight footprint, Ironic can serve as a driver for a variety of bare metal infrastructure.

Find Help and Expertise

Visit the OpenStack Marketplace and find a partner who supports OpenStack Ironic

Visit the Marketplace

How Ironic Works

Learn more about Ironic, including how it controls hardware and writes an operating system image to bare metal

Read on Github

OpenStack Bare Metal in Production

There is a large ecosystem of commercial providers and users running OpenStack Ironic in production. Find commercial providers who can help you get started with the Ironic Bare Metal icon in the OpenStack Marketplace.

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Check out these great bare metal demos and video resources

OpenStack Ironic: Enabling Bare Metal as a Service

OpenStack Ironic: Enabling Bare Metal as a Service

Ironic - Project Update

Ironic - Project Update

Managing 2,000 nodes with 10,000 servers using OpenStack Ironic

Managing 2,000 nodes with 10,000 servers using OpenStack Ironic at CERN

Provisioning Bare Metal Servers in Under 20 Minutes

Provisioning Bare Metal Servers in Under 20 Minutes at Platform9

“Our relation is ... complicated.” The most excellent and lamentable tragedy of Ironic and Nova

“Our relation is ... complicated.” The most excellent and lamentable tragedy of Ironic and Nova

Running Kubernetes on OpenStack and Bare Metal

Running Kubernetes on OpenStack and Bare Metal

Get Involved

The community also formed a Bare Metal Special Interest Group (SIG) in February 2019 with the mission to make Ironic easy to operate and evangelize the use cases and utility of the bare metal service. To get involved in the SIG, subscribe to the OpenStack Discuss mailing list or contact [email protected]