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System for Detecting and Installing Software Updates to a Cloud Instance

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000208883D
Publication Date: 2011-Jul-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system that, based on user preferences, monitors one or more software repositories for updates. When the system detects an update, it creates a new instance, applies the update, and notifies the user.

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System for Detecting and Installing Software Updates to a Cloud Instance

With ever-increasing threats to IT systems, keeping systems updated is more critical than ever. However, current cost constraints make it very difficult to obtain additional hardware to verify that these new updates do not adversely affect any existing applications.

Existing package management systems provide the ability to notify users of pending packages, but they are not integrated into a Cloud management platform or service. Test execution software provides a means of testing systems; such tools could be used in an implementation.

There are also known existing techniques that allows the mashup of different components together to build a system. By allowing construction of a system with mashup and installation of selected hardware or software, they are a method and enabler of the proposed invention.

This invention proposes a system that, based on user preferences, monitors one or more software repositories for updates. The process follows:
1. For a given image, the system monitors a set of repositories.
2. When the system detects an update, it creates a new instance of the image (automation or selected by user or preference are just options of decision).

3. The system initiates the update process, applying the update to the new instance.

4. The system initiates an image capture on the new instance. If supplied, the system can execute a set of test cases against the new instance, verifying...