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A Universal Method and Apparatus for Managing Clouds

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000212189D
Publication Date: 2011-Nov-04
Document File: 5 page(s) / 53K

Publishing Venue

The IP.com Prior Art Database

Abstract

Disclosed is a component for cloud computing which provides a common method for managing the cloud, composed of a common set of commands known by every cloud device. This disclosure uses concepts known in the art of Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Ethernet in a new and novel way to manage clouds.

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A Universal Method and Apparatus for Managing Clouds

This disclosure adds an entirely new set of commands and methods to be used for cloud-to-cloud (C2C) management and data-migration, to provide a common method for managing the cloud, composed of a common set of commands known by every cloud device.

For the purposes of this disclosure, developers modified the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) command set so it meets the cloud management requirements. Since SCSI is a highly adaptable and well known protocol, it can easily be modified for use in clouds. SCSI, however, is not the only set of commands that will work; Internet SCSI (iSCSI) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) can equally be used.

This disclosure uses concepts known in the art of SCSI and Ethernet in a new and novel way to manage clouds.

Known-in-the-art Concepts


• Use of commands to accomplish tasks


• Use of well known names and well known TCP ports


• Sending command over the Ethernet


• Access controls


• IP version 4 and 6 well known IP addresses and IP broadcasting / Any casting (IPv6)

New and Novel Concepts


• The creation of a new common interface to manage clouds.


• The use of a common command set between all clouds


• Use of commands to query clouds, migrate data from one cloud to another, check current backup status, check who has accessed data, setup multiple user access permissions.


• A method to check cloud data compatibility


• External Cloud management across clouds


• Combining SCSI and Ethernet functions for cloud management

No hits were found using related key words for all available dates.

This disclosure teaches the creation and use of a pervasive IP address that will be used to discover cloud devices. Once a cloud has been discovered, it is managed using the totally new set of commands defined in this disclosure. This new set of commands is sent using the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) transport protocol, which opens a new connection with other cloud devices using a new TCP port. If the device accepts the connection, then the requesting device knows that the cloud management interface is supported (called listening). Once the TCP connection has been established, then an end user or a cloud management application is free to issue cloud management commands to manage the cloud.

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This section of the disclosure describes one of many possible instances for each of the commands that will be used for cloud management. This list of commands in this disclosure is not meant to be all inclusive; instead, this list only serves as an initial starting place. The novel contribution is that SCSI-based commands are being used to manage clouds.

Each of the commands in the cloud management system has a hexidecimal command code as its first byte. This command code describes the operation to be performed.

The following is a list of commands which are the intended functions.


Cloud Inquiry: This command (see Figure 1, below) allows a...