"The resize operation converts an existing server to a different
flavor, in essence, scaling the server up or down. The original server
is saved for a period of time to allow rollback if there is a problem.
All resizes should be tested and explicitly confirmed, at which time
the original server is removed. All resizes are automatically
confirmed after 24 hours if they are not explicitly confirmed or
Whether this feature is useful in the cloud is not the scope of the
thread. I'd like to discuss the implementation. In the current
implementation, it will first cast to scheduler to decide the
destination host, then shutdown the VM, copy the disk image to the
dest, start the new VM, and wait for a user confirmation, then either
delete the old VM image as confirmation or delete the new VM as
Problem 1: the image is copied from source to destination via scp/ssh.
This probably means that you will need a password-less ssh private key
setup among all compute nodes. It seems like a security problem.
Problem 2: resize needs to boot up VMs too, once at the destination,
once at the source in case of revert. They have their own
implementation, and look slightly different from spawn which is the
default create instance call.
Problem 3: it's not clear what the semantics is when there are volumes
attached to the VM before resize. What should happen to the VM?
Without the resize API, a user can still do that by first make a
snapshot of a VM, then start a new VM with that snapshot. It's not
that much of a difference. If getting rid of resize is not an option,
I wonder if it makes more sense to implement the resize function by
calling the snapshot and create compute APIs instead of doing it in
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