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Public cloud profile detection for Virtual Asset Management

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235440D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-27
Document File: 3 page(s) / 32K

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Abstract

New approach for cloud profiles detection based on common and custom characteristics for virtual asset management and method for discovery, matching and monitoring for licensing and environment maintenance purposes

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Public cloud profile detection for Virtual Asset Management

Public Cloud Providers offers profiled virtual machines, which varies based on purpose

and performance. Particular offerings differ in number of CPU cores, memory, disc space, IOPS, allocated network bandwidth etc. i.e.

IBM SCE offering
o X86 options small, medium, large in 32 or 64-bit configuration differencing

  in number of virtual CPUs, memory, storage
o IBM Power Systems options small, medium, large, xl, jumbo in 64-bit

  configuration differencing in number of virtual CPUs, memory, storage
o IBM configures each virtual CPU on these machines with 1.25GHz of

processing power.

Amazon EC2 Cloud offering
o Small, medium, large, extra large instance profiles differing in number of

virtual cores, EC2 compute units, memory, storage, 32 or 64-bit platform, I/O performance


o One EC2 Compute Unit provides the equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0-1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon processor. This is also the equivalent to an early-2006 1.7 GHz Xeon processor referenced in original documentation.


o Amazon uses several benchmarks and tests to manage the consistency

and predictability of the performance from an EC2 Compute Unit.

Public Cloud Provider differentiates computing performance of single virtual CPU and introduce own cloud computing units which do not depend directly on real hardware stack used in environment:

IBM SCE offering
o IBM configures each virtual CPU so it represents 1.25GHz of Xeon

processing power.

Amazon EC2 Cloud offering
o One EC2 Compute Unit provides the equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0-1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon processor. This is also the equivalent to an early-2006 1.7 GHz Xeon processor referenced in original documentation.


o Amazon uses several benchmarks and tests to manage the consistency

and predictability of the performance from an EC2 Compute Unit.

Complexity in number of profiles and computing units' capacity introduce problems with:


Software and cloud licensing - user pay for # of compute units/virtual cores


Real HW used in hypervisor environment is transparent for end user and user does not control nor manage HW layer which can change dynamically anytime


Environment maintenance - user needs to monitor current virtual environment state in terms of number of owned virtual machines, its' profiles and vendors.

The limitation can be addressed with the disclosed solution.

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Public Cloud Providers offer profiled virtual machine differencing in characteristics

which can be collected by virtual asset management agent for profiles discovery, matching and monitoring for licensing and environment maintenance purposes. Will increase visibility and enable efficient management of heterogeneous virtual environment which consist of many different VMs hosted on different clouds from one central point of control. This idea is not limited for selected public clouds and can be used in any kind of virtual environment using custom...