MAAS documentation

MAAS stands for Metal as a Service. It lets you treat physical servers like virtual machines (instances) in the cloud. MAAS turns bare metal into an elastic, cloud-like resource that you can easily provision, monitor, and manage.

With MAAS, you no longer need to manage individual servers manually. Instead, you can enlist bare metal servers and deploy standard or customized operating systems to them remotely. This allows you to rapidly deploy, destroy, and reconfigure your physical servers as needed.

Some key benefits of using MAAS include:

  • Automated remote operating system deployment to physical machines
  • Ability to manage large fleets of physical servers as a flexible resource pool
  • Monitoring and management of physical infrastructure from a central interface
  • Rapid provisioning and tear down of bare metal server configurations
  • Well suited for environments that require frequent rearranging of physical hardware

MAAS is applicable across many use cases that involve rapidly shifting bare metal infrastructure. Examples include banking, telecommunications, supercomputing, streaming media services, disaster recovery systems, and computer security analytics. By treating physical servers like virtual resources, MAAS brings cloud-like agility to bare metal environments.

MAAS comprehensively meets the need to rapidly deploy, destroy, and reconfigure constellations of bare metal. Any application that requires frequently rearranging the server topology will benefit.

In this documentation

Hands-on introduction to MAAS features for new users
How-to guides
Step-by-step guides covering key operations and common tasks
Technical information - specifications, APIs, architecture
Detailed theory on the inner workings of MAAS

Project and community

MAAS is a member of the Ubuntu family. It’s an open source project that warmly welcomes community projects, contributions, suggestions, fixes and constructive feedback.

Our roadmap

Here’s a view of our current roadmap:

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