IBM Patents Real-Time Analytics for Cloud Data
This invention automatically pools cloud computing resources from disparate data centers, enabling clients to improve performance and save money by reducing the amount of manual intervention needed to allocate hardware, software and services. The automated technique enables users to have more control over where and how their cloud workloads are run and facilitates optimal use of a cloud infrastructure. IBM received U.S. Patent #8,676,981 B2 "Routing Service Requests Based on Lowest Actual Cost within a Federated Virtual Service Cloud" for the invention. "Cloud delivery models are evolving and maturing and are creating new possibilities for end users and third-party service providers to lower costs for IT deployments as they enter new markets and create new solutions," said Leonard Hand, IBM Master Inventor and lead inventor on the patent. "Our patented invention will give users more control over their cloud deployments so that they can extract the most value from their IT resources at the most optimal cost." IBM's patented dynamic cloud management invention could be used by managed service providers (MSPs) and channel resellers who leverage cloud infrastructure from third-party providers to build and deliver value-added solutions. MSPs could use IBM's invention to isolate and automatically support their customers' specific workload demands and enable usage-based-consumption pricing models."We take pride in being recognized as the U.S. patent leader, but patents are only one gauge of innovation. Equally significant is the impact that our patented inventions have when they are used to enable solutions that help clients and societies solve problems," Bernie Meyerson, an IBM Fellow and vice president of Innovation, said in a statement. "Furthermore, the broad range of inventions that these patents represent underscores the need for a patent system that equally and fairly promotes and supports innovation across all technical fields."
For 21 consecutive years, IBM has been the leading recipient of U.S. patents. IBM inventors have patented thousands of inventions that are expected to enable significant innovations that will position IBM to compete and lead in strategic areas, such as IBM Watson, cloud computing, big data analytics—and advance the new era of cognitive systems where machines will learn, reason and interact with people in more natural ways. IBM holds 1,560 cloud patents focused on driving innovation, with more than a third of these inventions originating in the company's Systems and Technology Group. IBM inventors received a record-setting 6,809 patents in 2013.