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Start by posting ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted and vote them if they matter to you

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The IBM team may need your help to refine the ideas so they may ask for more information or feedback. The offering manager team will then decide if they can begin working on your idea. If they can start during the next development cycle, they will put the idea on the priority list. Each team at IBM works on a different schedule, where some ideas can be implemented right away, others may be placed on a different schedule.

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Live migration of virtual servers

Host hardware failure on hosts are quite common and every time this happens, we shut down customers' virtual servers to do migration. This is very disruptive to customer's business. Another pain point is that in instances when we need to do maintenance like the recent Specter / Meltdown, we need to do a data center wide reboot of servers.

Other cloud providers like Google cloud offer live migration which minimizes disruption to customers. In the recent Specter / Meltdown, AWS and Azure were also able to patch hosts and only require customers to reboot to patch their OS.

Customers simply can't trust critical workload to us when we lack this basic feature to assure them of maximum availability and the fact that competitors offer this makes our shortcoming more glaring.

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  • Feb 13 2018
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  • Guest commented
    18 Feb, 2018 03:18am
    This is the item to consider most. We just regained our trust with hot patches.

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