Airship is a collection of open source tools for automating cloud provisioning and management for the three levels of abstraction: containers (using Kubernetes), VMs (using OpenStack) and bare metal (currently using MaaS).
Ironic is OpenStack's baremetal provisioning service, but it's also capable of operating in standalone mode. It is already used in that mode in containerized OpenStack deployment projects such as kayobe, and the AirShip community is eager to have Ironic as an additional baremetal provisioning driver for their DryDock component.
This talk discusses the reasoning behind integrating Ironic into Airship and the issues involved in making it happen.
As a standalone tool Ironic can be useful in many projects, so it's important that the community understands what those are and how that would work. It's also important for the community to understand how Airship works to make these deployments happen.