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Status Future consideration
Workspace IBM Turbonomic ARM
Created by Guest
Created on Sep 6, 2023

Allow ability to not actually suspend hosts, but put them in a state where no VMs will be placed on them

The way that our infrastructure is set up does not respond kindly to host suspend/power off actions, but we want to be able to densify our current environment. We'd like the ability to enable "suspend host" such that we can operate efficiently on used hardware, and not actually suspend the hosts. Perhaps just make it much more expensive for VMs to live on it, such as with licensing control.

Edit: the limiting factor is that Turbo will only suspend/vacate a single host at a time in the realtime market. The goal is to allow for multiple suspend/provision actions.

Idea priority Medium
  • Guest
    Sep 6, 2023

    This is a great idea to clearly prove how much spare capacity is available in a cluster/economy, without impacting converged/HCI providers/hosts. Plans can help to understand that the spare capacity is there, but this will prove that the demand of workloads can be fulfilled/sustained by the lower number of providers. If over time the providers marked as 'efficiency/yellow' arent used for X days/weeks/months, then the customer can make trustworthy/justified decisions about how/where to re-use/avoid purchasing the capacity provided. I envision this operating the same way license policy reconfigure actions work. If there is enough supply for the existing demand, mark a host as 'underutilized' and evacuate the VMs, without putting it in power save like a Suspend action would do. If the supply is not enough, reconfigure a host in the economy to allow VMs to be placed on it.