Smart virtual machine snapshotting

Patent No. 10,025,671

Issued: July 17, 2018
Filed:  August 8, 2016
Term Extension: 156 days

Inventor: Bryant; Jay S. (Rochester, MN), Carey; James E. (Rochester, MN), Hill; Zachary A. (Muskegon, MI), Nelson; Kendall J. (St. Paul, MN), Palm; Lucas A. (Rochester, MN)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)


Determining a time for on-demand snapshotting of a virtual machine in a node prior to a failure point in a system comprising a plurality of nodes. Failure data is collected from a set of failed nodes of the plurality of nodes in a system. A failure pattern of the node is identified based on the failure data and monitoring the plurality of nodes for the failure pattern to determine that a first node of the plurality of nodes is exhibiting the failure pattern. Responsive to the determination that the first node is exhibiting the failure pattern, capturing a snapshot of a virtual machine corresponding to the first node.


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