Malleable Metal – Integrating SAN-booting with Foreman

The world of multi-tenant bare metal cloud computing in the datacenter is increasingly important.  With tenants being offered their own servers rather than locked-down VMs or compute services, the potential for innovation is much higher.  Mass Open Cloud aims to offer a multi-tenant cloud where hardware would be shared between organizations, such as universities, with tenants able to access bare metal instances directly. Here’s how we propose to create a standardized architecture to provide a seamless elastic bare-metal experience for Mass Open Cloud and similar environments.

Our solution to the bare-metal-as-a-service problem combines two projects: Mass Open Cloud’s Malleable Metal as a Service (M2) and the Red Hat stewarded Foreman Project.  Where M2 provides the means for provisioning servers, Foreman provides the orchestration and user interface.

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