Executive Summary: A researcher needs exclusive access to a new instance of a computer system or storage volume that was previously published by another researcher.
No effort or changes are proposed at this time. The use case is fully supported by XSEDE's Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS aka cloud) Service Providers.
|Component||User facing?||Component’s role in the capability|
|Service Provider IaaS (Cloud) Services||yes||Some of the Service Providers (SPs) who offer Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS aka cloud) resources offer a feature for "imaging" a Virtual Machine (VM) so that it can be added to the resource's catalog of available VM images. Once in the catalog, other users with allocations on the resource may launch new VMs using the image, effectively obtaining a VM with the same software configuration as the original.|