Backing up virtual machine images
You can back up a virtual machine image in your instance. This
function creates a copy of the virtual machine image and cloud
configuration that can be restored later. Additionally, you can
manage these backup images. Details about the backup image are as
The backup image is an exact copy of the virtual machine image
and the cloud configuration. No image cleanup is performed.
The backup image cannot be deployed as a new instance. It can be
used only to restore the associated virtual machine image and cloud
Only the project owner (or an administrator) has access to
restore the backup virtual machine images and backup virtual
If you are using an OpenStack cloud, only one instance backup
operation is allowed at the same time. If another user is running a
backup and you start one on the same instance, you receive an error
that states there is a conflicting request. To perform a backup,
you must wait until the other backup is finished.
OpenStack PowerVM® and z/VM® instances do not support this
If the instance is deleted by using IBM® Cloud Manager with
OpenStack, the associated backups are also deleted.