[openstack-dev] VMWare Type Snapshot for Openstack 4.3

Matt Riedemann mriedemos at gmail.com
Fri Aug 4 15:03:50 UTC 2017

On 8/4/2017 8:41 AM, Tom Kennedy wrote:
> Is there an Openstack document that shows how to extend openstack to do 
> something like this?

The create snapshot API is this in upstream Nova:


There is no distinction between a live and cold snapshot in the end user 
REST API. That's dependent on the backend compute driver. For example, 
the libvirt driver may attempt to perform a live snapshot if possible, 
but falls back to a cold snapshot if that's not possible. Other drivers 
could do the same.

As for the difference between the OpenStack concept of a snapshot and 
the VMware concept of a snapshot, I don't know what that is, but I can 
saw we wouldn't add a VMware-specific REST API for snapshots to the 
compute API when we already have the createImage API. So some design 
work would be involved if you wanted to upstream this.

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