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XSEDE Capability Delivery Plan for "IAAS-5: Publish a virtual computer system or storage volume"

Use Case IAAS-5: Publish a virtual computer system or storage volume

Area: Scientific Computing
URLs: Public, Review

Executive Summary: An XSEDE-allocated researcher needs to “publish” a hosted computer system or hosted storage volume that may be of interest to his/her research community. Once published, other members of the XSEDE community can recreate the system or volume for their own use.

First CDP: 2018-08-24
Current CDP: 2018-08-24
Current Implementation Status: 
Time & Effort Summary: 

No effort or changes are proposed at this time.  The use case is fully supported by XSEDE's Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS aka cloud) Service Providers.

This capability is currently supported by the following 1 components:
Component User facing? Component’s role in the capability
Service Provider IaaS (Cloud) Services yes Some of the Service Providers (SPs) who offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS aka cloud) resources offer a feature for "imaging" a Virtual Machine (VM) so that it can be added to the resource's catalog of available VM images. Once in the catalog, other users with allocations on the resource may launch new VMs using the image, effectively obtaining a VM with the same software configuration as the original.