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HydraVM: Low-Cost, Transparent High Availability for Virtual Machines

Hou, Kai-Yuan; Uysal, Mustafa; Merchant, Arif; Shin, Kang G.; Singhal, Sharad
HP Laboratories


Keyword(s): Virtualization, High Availability, VM Checkpointing, VM Restore, Shared Storage

Abstract: Existing approaches to providing high availability (HA) for virtualized environments require a backup VM for every primary running VM. These approaches are expensive in memory because the backup VM requires the same amount of memory as the primary, even though it is normally passive. In this paper, we propose a storage-based, memory-efficient HA solution for VMs, called HydraVM, that eliminates the passive memory reservations for backups. HydraVM maintains a complete, recent image of each protected VM in shared storage using an incremental checkpointing technique. Upon failure of a primary VM, a backup can be promptly restored on any server with available memory. Our evaluation results have shown that HydraVM provides proection for VMs at a low overhead, and can restore a failed VM within 1.6 seconds without excessive use of memory resource in a virtualized environment.

12 Pages

External Posting Date: February 21, 2011 [Fulltext]. Approved for External Publication
Internal Posting Date: February 21, 2011 [Fulltext]

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