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Release 2.16.0.110312

Enterprise Cloud
2.16 Release Notes

We are pleased to announce the availability of release 2.16 of the Enterprise Cloud on 3 November 2012.

Instance-Based Virtual Machines

Note: Instance-based virtual machines will be available in February 2013.

Instance-based virtual machines permit an organization to obtain additional compute capacity in the Enterprise Cloud without a long term commitment for resources. Virtual machine instances receive dedicated storage resources when created and dedicated processor and memory resources when running. They exist in a compute pool separate from any resource-based compute pools the organization may have.

Organizations incur storage charges when an instance-based virtual machine is created. Organizations incur processor and memory charges only when an instance-based virtual machine is powered on.

Organizations have a separate catalog in the instance-based compute pool into which virtual machines may be uploaded. The catalog can contain virtual machines images configured to the requirements of the organization. The organization can quickly create additional instances of that virtual machine image when needed and remove the instance when unneeded.

Infinicenter Console

  • The tab on the Environments screen identifies instance-based compute pools.
  • In an instance-based compute pool when creating a blank server, creating from a template or the catalog, copying a server, either customized or identical, or when re-configuring a server, the configure phase of the dialog shows the available processor, memory, and price matrix and the price per gigabyte for storage.
  • Dialogs for powering a virtual machine on or off present messages regarding usage fees beginning, continuing, or ending.
  • Resource gauges for instance-based compute pools reflects consumed of allocated resources, rather than consumed of purchased resources, on the All Compute Pools tab and on the individual compute pool tabs.
  • Purchased resources and burst mode do not apply to instance-based virtual machines, therefore no alerts occur. Neither Resource Alerts tab nor burst buttons are available on the Resource tab for instance-based compute pools.
  • Graphs of processor and memory usage over time on the Resource | Graphs tab present percentage of allocated resources used, rather than of purchased resources used, over time.
  • Storage for instance-based virtual machines is billed continuously until the virtual machine is deleted. Storage | Virtual Machine shows all virtual machines with percentage of allocated, rather than percentage of purchased.
  • My Account | Billing tab has separate tabs for billing of committed and metered resources. Metered billing has a filter to view all charges, all reserved compute pool charges, all instance-based compute pool charges, only licensing charges, only computing charges, only storage charges, and only licensing charges.
  • For instance-based virtual machines, you may retry Create Blank Server, Create Server from Template, Delete Server, Copy Customized, Copy Identical, Create From Catalog, and Configure Server operations.

Enterprise Cloud API

  • New call retrieves the available processor, memory, and price matrix for an instance-based compute pool.
  • In an instance-based compute pool when creating a blank server or when creating from a template or the catalog or when configuring an existing virtual machine the processor and memory section requires the desired processor and memory match a value in the price matrix.
  • For instance-based compute pools you may retrieve the metered billing usage and costs.
  • For instance-based compute pools you may retrieve a list of all virtual machines but which include no <Purchased> amounts.
  • Resource summary calls report only allocated and consumed resources, not purchased resources.
  • Responses to compute pool calls for instance-based compute pools omit bursting operations as those actions are inappropriate to instance-based compute pools. If called, those calls return error responses against instance-based compute pools.
  • For instance-based virtual machines, you may retry Create Blank Server, Create Server from Template, Delete Server, Copy Customized, Copy Identical, Create From Catalog, and Configure Server operations.

Bug Fixes

Infinicenter Console

Export Task History Data Limit

Prior to this fix, task history exports were limited to 122KB of data with no warning to the user. Exports now permit 1GB of data.

CustomizationPending Flag on VM Create/Clone Incorrect

Prior to this fix, the CustomizationPending flag returned "false" even though the customization was not completed.