[Openstack-operators] Ironic with top-rack switches management

Dan Sneddon dsneddon at redhat.com
Tue Jan 3 22:33:04 UTC 2017

I wouldn't say it's ready for prime time, but much of the work was done
in Newton and some are merged in master and a few patches are still in
progress. One thing that remains to be done is to test with a variety
of makes/models of switches.

You can see the progress of the whole set of patches here:

Snapshot support for Ironic instances is still a wishlist feature:

I think the closest you could get at this point might be to use
Cinder-backed boot volumes for your Ironic nodes. That would have
impacts on performance and network traffic. You could get snapshots
for just data by using Cinder volumes for non-boot mount points.

Dan Sneddon         |  Senior Principal OpenStack Engineer
dsneddon at redhat.com |  redhat.com/openstack
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----- Original Message -----
> Hello everyone.
> Did someone actually made Ironic running with ToR (top rack switches)
> under neutron in production? Which switch verdor/plugin (and OS version)
> do you use? Do you have some switch configuration with parts outside of
> Neutron reach? Is it worth spent efforts on integration, etc?
> And one more question: Does Ironic support snapshotting of baremetal
> servers? With some kind of agent/etc?
> Thanks.
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