Rootconf 2017

On service reliability

'Razor' sharp provisioning for baremetal servers

Submitted by Azhar Hussain (@azharh) on Jan 25, 2017

Section: Full talk of 40 mins duration Technical level: Intermediate Status: Confirmed & Scheduled


The objective of this talk is to introduce Razor as a tool for provisioning baremetal servers. Covering the basic components and evaluating the pros and cons of a Razor based provisioning system.


  • Introduction to Baremetal Provisioning [10 mins]

    • IPMI
    • PXE
    • cobbler
  • Razor setup and install [5 mins]

    • Razor server
    • Razor client
  • Razor functioning and Deep Dive [15 mins]

    • Microkernel
    • Rule based deployment
    • Automated install flows with tags
    • Post provisioners (Puppet/Ansible)
  • Endurance User stories [5 mins]

    • Where and How razor is being used in production
  • Q&A [5 mins]

Speaker bio

Azhar Hussain is a member of the cloud team at Endurance International Group - responsible for design and engineering of various hosting solutions on top of OpenStack infrastructure as well as baremetal servers.


Preview video


  • Prateek (@prateekn) 3 years ago

    We are using cobbler..Planning to migrate to Razor
    Razor looks promising Session should be interesting.

  • Philip Paeps (@trouble) 3 years ago

    This looks like a promising proposal. Thank you!

  • Zainab Bawa (@zainabbawa) Crew 3 years ago

    Azhar, we need a self-recorded video of two-mins, explaining what this talk is about and why an audience member should attend it? Also, we need your draft slides asap to confirm the exact duration of your talk. Please respond to the email I sent last week. Thanks!

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