Provisioning and deploying bare metal hardware in large-scale infrastructure can be challenging. Old technologies, such as PXE, DHCP, and TFTP, cannot always keep up with the demands placed on them by today's emerging environments, such as edge computing. Those environments often require the use of non-dynamic configuration techniques to ensure security, integrity, reliability, traceability, and operational efficiency. This presentation describes and demonstrates the provisioning and deployment of bare metal via static network configuration over a routable, IP network. It relies on the Redfish virtual media boot feature of modern Dell EMC hardware and the latest advancements of the OpenStack Ironic project.
Attendees should expect to learn about the latest advancements in bare metal provisioning and deployment technologies, notably Redfish virtual media boot, as implemented in contemporary hardware, and new capabilities of the OpenStack Ironic project. A demonstration illustrates how Ironic turns the entire suite into a PXE-less turnkey solution, well suited for use over a routable, IP network and the demands of today's emerging large-scale infrastructure, such as edge computing.