Automation of Virtual Machine Management
Publication Date: 2017-Jul-25
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Automation of Virtual Machine Management Authors: Marquis Waller, Jeffrey Sikkink
In the world of software development virtual machines have changed the way teams work. No longer are rooms and rooms of servers needed, but now they were all virtual machines, but what did that leave. Now someone had to manage all of those virtual servers and how they were being used. Spreadsheets of servers’ names, OS, snapshots were born. Virtual machines providers themselves provided a user interface to allow the user to do certain task, but someone still had to manage the resources. And just like with physical boxes, these virtual servers were tied to an OS, took up resources, and required management, yuck. If a developer was looking for a certain system with a level of code they would have to either dig through the various spreadsheets, there is always more than one, hoping to find the spreadsheet was up to date, or log into the virtual machines application and look at each virtual machine hoping to find the right one.
Well all of that just seems like a mess, so what could be done. A new way to handle these virtual machines was created. What the virtual machine management system allows a user to do is run a job that lets the user pick from a variety of templates. These templates could be a clean OS level, a certain level of code for a product, or certain configuration of a customer environment. The users can than select various options for the template, from certain products to be installed to various features of the OS or software. Then with a clic...