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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on May 24, 2021

IBM i OVA creation command similar to "create_ova" on AIX

With such a command migrations to cloud could be easier, specially if we could send the file with SSH or a mounted NFS filesystem.


Use Case:

When you need to migrate a system with a different language you need to create an OVA, but today you need PowerVC, and most clients don't have this product.
With this command we can migrate to the cloud from inside the OS, without external tools and without hardware requirement beyond the storage for the image.


Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    May 23, 2022

    I was able to create an OVA using iSCSI from Linux changing mappings on our Storwize/FlashSystem storage.
    Maybe you could create something based on VIOS or HMC and combining with FC or ISCSI mapping to create the OVA.

    If you use the HMC for OVA creation could enable easier migrations to IBM Cloud PowerVS, maybe including upload to COS or an SFTP/FTP remote server.

  • Guest
    Jan 28, 2022

    IBM will use this request as input to planning but no commitment is made or implied. This request will be updated in the future if IBM implements it. IBM will use votes and comments from others in the community to help prioritize this request.

  • Guest
    Dec 1, 2021

    IBM has received the requirement and is evaluating it. IBM will provide a response after evaluation is complete.

  • Guest
    Nov 29, 2021

    Due to processing by IBM, this request was reassigned to have the following updated attributes:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Install, Upgrade, Licensing
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

    For recording keeping, the previous attributes were:
    Brand - Servers and Systems Software
    Product family - Power Systems
    Product - IBM i
    Component - Open Source, PASE
    Operating system - IBM i
    Source - None

  • Guest
    Jul 12, 2021

    The CEAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a MEDIUM priority requirement that should be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Europe Advisory Council (CEAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CEAC has a crucial role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    To find out how CEAC help to shape the future of IBM i, see CEAC @ ibm.biz/BdYSYj and the article "The Five Hottest IBM i RFEs Of The Quarter" at ibm.biz/BdYSZT

    Therese Eaton – CEAC Program Manager, IBM