Nutanix has patented a method for hibernating a computing cluster using an Information Lifecycle Manager (ILM) to move data from a hypervisor to a different storage location. The ILM observes replication factors to avoid saving multiple copies of data and allows for restoration to different cloud infrastructures while maintaining the cluster’s state. GlobalData’s report on Nutanix gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Hibernating computing cluster by moving data to different storage location

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Nutanix Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11972266B2) discloses a system and method for hibernating a computing cluster efficiently. The patent describes a non-transitory computer-readable medium with instructions that, when executed by a processor, enable the processor to perform acts for hibernating a computing cluster. This involves saving data for a hypervisor into a storage infrastructure using a service, moving the data to a different location via a datapath, and monitoring architectural or operational characteristics for managing information lifecycle within the computing cluster. The service interfaces with multiple nodes in the cluster, utilizing the datapath to facilitate data movement and lifecycle management effectively.

Furthermore, the patent details additional functionalities such as parallel I/O transfers, data encryption, and data movement progress monitoring while moving data between hypervisors and different locations. The system also includes instructions for restoring a separate node of the computing cluster by moving data from one location to another via separate datapaths. Notably, the system observes a replication factor to avoid saving multiple copies of data into a hibernation object, ensuring efficient data management during the hibernation process. Overall, the patented system and method provide a comprehensive approach to hibernating computing clusters, optimizing data storage, and lifecycle management across different tiers within a computing environment.

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