Executive Summary: A 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 community can recreate the system or volume for their own use.
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.
|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.|