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A method of transferring a single virtual image to a compound one for building cloud environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202458D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-16
Document File: 3 page(s) / 73K

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Abstract

This invention proposes a method of decomposing a single big virtual image to compound small images for building cloud environment. An apparatus is designed to decompose a single big virtual image to generate compound small images by using the binary virtual disk translator, virtual disk content analyzer, compound OVF generator and compound image generator.

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A method of transferring a single virtual image to a compound one for building cloud environment

Currently, most cloud companies research virtual appliance authoring tool to build images automatically and flexibly. It is a critical function for generalizing the procedures of building virtual images and patterns that can be consumed by cloud computing products.

Problem:

The created images are hard to use because the following reasons:
1. Hard to transfer as it is too big
2. Hard to deposit is as it cloud not support distributed deposit
3. Hard to deploy, transferring images take a lot of time.

Also, they are with inflexible support in the following points:
1. Hard to test, for it is just a binary disk
2. Hard to reuse, for we can't analyze the content inside
3. Hard to support more flexible operations, such as disk swap

Our Invention:

This invention proposes a method of decomposing a single big virtual image to compound small images for building cloud environment. We design an apparatus to decompose a single big virtual image to generate compound small images by using the binary virtual disk translator, virtual disk content analyzer, compound OVF generator and compound image generator. See figure 1.

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