Patent Number: 8,793,377

Title: Identifying optimal virtual machine images in a networked computing environment

Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide an approach for identifying optimal virtual machine (VM) images in a networked computing environment (e.g., a cloud computing environment). Specifically, in a typical embodiment, a set of system requirements, a profile, and a performance state of the networked computing environment are received as input and analyzed against a library of VM images. Based on the analysis, a set of VM images having software programs (e.g., also referred to herein as a software stack) capable of accommodating requirements defined by the input is identified. A requester can select one or more of the identified VM images, which can then be provisioned/deployed accordingly.

Inventors: Anderson, III; Edward H. (Raleigh, NC), Anderson; Jason L. (Milpitas, CA), Boss; Gregory J. (Saginaw, MI), Echtenkamp; Timothy R. (Lincoln, NE), Jemiolo; Daniel E. (Chapel Hill, NC), Koch; Lynn M. (Tucson, AZ)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 15/173 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018