This portal is to open public enhancement requests against IBM Cloud and its products. To view all of your ideas submitted to IBM, create and manage groups of Ideas, or create an idea explicitly set to be either visible by all (public) or visible only to you and IBM (private), use the IBM Unified Ideas Portal (https://ideas.ibm.com).
Shape the future of IBM!
We invite you to shape the future of IBM, including product roadmaps, by submitting ideas that matter to you the most. Here's how it works:
Search existing ideas
Start by searching and reviewing ideas and requests to enhance a product or service. Take a look at ideas others have posted, and add a comment, vote, or subscribe to updateson them if they matter to you. If you can't find what you are looking for,
Post your ideas
Post an idea.
Get feedback from the IBM team and other customers to refine your idea.
Follow the idea through the IBM Ideas process.
Specific links you will want to bookmark for future use
Power image capture/import/export should support more than one concurrent operation
We build custom images of AIX and Linux (based on IBM stock images) for creating our VMs in our IBM Cloud Power Systems Virtual Servers workspaces. The process of building a new VM, customizing it, capturing that as an image, creating a new VM from that image and testing it, exporting it to IBM Cloud Object Storage, and importing that image to our other workspaces takes over two hours.
Two hours is already poor performance, but the design of PowerVS multiplies this slowness: According to https://cloud.ibm.com/docs/power-iaas?topic=power-iaas-importing-boot-image : The new Power Systems Virtual Server VM Capture, Image Export, and Image Import features are restricted to one operation at a time per Power Systems Virtual Server workspace. If one of these operations is submitted successfully, then another new operation for VM Capture, Image Export, and Image Import cannot be submitted until the previous operation is complete.
The architectural restriction of only one image capture/import/export operation at a time means when we rebuild all of our images, they must be scheduled in series rather than parallel. If we have 8 OS versions (AIX 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, CentOS 8, RHEL 8.4, RHEL 8.6, SLES 15.3, SLES 15.4), that will require over 16 hours. What's worse is that attempting a second operation while one is already in progress does not add the second operation to a queue, but immediately fails with an error.
We would like the ability to perform multiple image capture/import/export operations in the same workspace at the same time.
Do not place IBM confidential, company confidential, or personal information into any field.