Experiences With Managed Hosting of Virtual Machines

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Executive Summary

Virtual Machines (VMs) are emerging as a powerful paradigm to deploy complex software stacks on distributed cyberinfrastructure. As a TeraGrid resource provider and developers of Grid-enabled software, the paper experiences both the client and system administrator perspectives of service hosting. The paper is using this point of view to integrate and deploy a managed hosting environment based on VM technology that fulfills the requirements of both developers and system administrators. The managed hosting environment provides the typical base benefits of any VM hosting technique, but provides additional software support for developers and system monitoring opportunities for administrators. This paper presents the experiences creating and using a prototype managed hosting environment.

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