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Ironic: A Modern Approach to Hardware Provisioning
Devananda van der Veen, HP Cloud
Ironic is a modern tool for hardware provisioning. Combining a RESTful API, scale-out control plane, and pluggable hardware drivers, Ironic installs operating systems efficiently and repeatably on diverse hardware.
With a vibrant community of developers, Ironic's support for the latest management technologies comes directly from hardware vendors. Meanwhile, the project ensures a consistent experience across all platforms.
Devananda will demonstrate how to install Ironic with Ansible, then build and deploy a machine image, while discussing the project's architecture, history, and current goals.
Attendees should be familiar with hardware provisioning standards like PXE and IPMI, but do not need deep knowledge.
Devananda has been building distributed systems with open source software for the past 15 years. Until recently, he worked primarily with MySQL. In 2012, Devananda began working on OpenStack, initially contributing to the Nova project, and founding the Ironic project a year later. He served on the OpenStack Technical Committee, the project's technical policy board.
Devananda is currently employed by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, where he is also leading a small engineering team.
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