Provisioning Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD)

Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD) is an open source data center architecture that enables dynamic composition of logical systems, or "nodes" from disaggregated pools of compute, storage, and (in an upcoming release) accelerator resources. It is based on open, scalable and secure infrastructure management APIs that support a software defined infrastructure with interoperability across hardware and software vendors. Intel® RSD makes the Data Center more economical, flexible, simpler to manage, and easier to scale out on demand. Today, data center managers using cloud-oriented virtualized environments like OpenStack* are asking how they can employ Intel® RSD in their existing public, private and hybrid clouds. In this paper we describe how to deploy Intel® RSD-based equipment in an existing OpenStack* environment, using OpenStack's Ironic* service for logical node composition and bare metal provisioning. Readers should keep in mind that as the Intel® RSD specification continues to evolve it will address more usage models, technologies and products. In addition, there are many integration efforts currently under way to support Intel® RSD systems as native platforms in a wide range of virtual and cloud environments.