Patent Number: 8,819,190

Title: Management of file images in a virtual environment

Abstract: A method, system, and computer program product provides effective management and deployment of image files within a Virtual Input/Output (I/O) Server (VIOS) cluster. An Image Management (IM) utility utilizes a discovery process to establish connections with objects in order to manage these objects. Following discovery of an ICP client, the IM utility enables creation of a virtual server partition and initiates the importing of a captured image to a VIOS cluster Storage Pool (SP). The IM utility creates logical units (LUs) within the Image Management Fileset (IMF) for each file within the captured image. The IM utility maps the LUs to the VIOS Cluster SP using unique image file handles. The IM utility configures the new storage that comprises the created LUs. The IM utility copies image files to the appropriate storage device/LU. When import/copy of the image is completed, the IM utility activates the virtual server partition.

Inventors: Pafumi; James A. (Leander, TX), Romano; George James (Rochester, MN), Rosales; Jacob Jason (Austin, TX), Rosas; Morgan Jeffrey (Cedar Park, TX), Vallabhaneni; Vasu (Austin, TX)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 15/177 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018