Hardware Isolation in the Cloud – HIL on the Mass Open Cloud

The Mass Open Cloud (MOC) is an open cloud exchange that provides compute resources to university researchers. The virtualization infrastructure is built on Red Hat OpenStack Platform, using Foreman for provisioning and Ceph for distributed storage. But the MOC has also developed its own tools to make bare metal computing available. We talked to Naved Ansari, one of the MOC developers, about some of these developments.

In a typical cloud computing environment, users are provided with a virtual machine running on the same physical machine as other virtual machines. This is a way to maximize compute resources, by not leaving too many machines unused. Virtual machines work well for a lot of workloads, but occasionally people need access to bare metal without a virtualization layer.

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