Adaptive Computing Secures 12 New Patents Around Cloud Computing
Adaptive Computing, the largest provider of private cloud management and High-Performance Computing (HPC) workload management software, today announced it has been granted 12 new patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, raising its total number of patent grants to 27 - one of the largest private cloud patent portfolios in existence. As a result of this rapid cloud technology expansion, Adaptive Computing increased cloud software sales by 244 percent in 2012.
"The rate of innovation to acquire such a breadth and depth of patents is remarkable," said Robert Clyde, CEO of Adaptive Computing. "The phenomenal cloud growth we've seen in 2012 can be attributed to being first-to-market in many core concepts, which enables us to provide a customized, differentiated private cloud solution with a higher level of efficiency and increased cost savings. Moab's unmatched policy-based optimization allows businesses to move to the cloud cost effectively by reducing hardware and IT maintenance costs."
The new patents, six of which are issued and six of which are allowed, encompass several policies that enable optimization of the cloud, including data management, energy consumption management, workload-aware power management, complete environment management, guarantees, reservations and billing. With priority date back as early as 2005, the patents validate Adaptive Computing's pioneering work in intelligent workload management.
Adaptive Computing's new patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office include:
- U.S. Patent No. 8,200,824 - Optimized multi-component co-allocation scheduling with advanced reservations for data transfers and distributed jobs.
- U.S. Patent No. 8,245,059 - System and method for managing energy consumption in a compute environment (receiving information associated with at least one of energy consumption and a temperature of nodes each data center of a group of distributed data centers to yield received information).
- U.S. Patent No. 8,271,980 - System and method of providing system jobs within a compute environment.
- U.S. Patent No. 8,271,807 - System and method for managing energy consumption in a compute environment (reduce both direct and indirect power consumption while maintaining either full cluster performance or adequate SLA based cluster performance).
- U.S. Patent No. 8,271,813 - System and method for managing energy consumption in a compute environment (receiving energy consumption information at a workload manager).
- U.S. Patent No. 8,276,008 - System and method for managing energy consumption in a compute environment (receiving, at a workload manager, energy consumption information associated with at least one of a first data center and a second data center that is geographically distanced from the first data center).
New patents allowed (which do not yet have an assigned number) from the United States Patent and Trademark Office include:
- Resource "shopping cart" - Enables the concept of a resource "shopping cart" allowing multi-resource reservation queries to be made after which a "transaction I.D." would be returned.
- Intelligent reservation of multiple resource types - Allows multiple resource types to be intelligently reserved even when they do not require resources for the duration of the reservation.
- Resource access - Enables resource access not based on workload credentials, but rather based on requested or delivered service levels to that workload.
- Co-allocation of reservations - Broadens the claims of Adaptive's U.S. Patent No. 7,971,204 (a system and method co-allocating resources that span different compute resource types).
- Review and improvement of resource allocation - Allows a system to make a resource allocation decision in space and time, then subsequently review and improve this decision as new workload and environmental information is received.
- On-demand compute environment - Broadens the claims of Adaptive's U.S. Patent No. 7,698,430 in areas of remote cloud usage or cloudbursting.
"The worldwide cloud systems management software market is now forecast to total $3.6 billion in 2016," said Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president of Enterprise Systems Management Software for IDC. "As cloud applications and workloads become more mainstream and mission critical, customers will move beyond simple self service provisioning to prioritize policy-based management tools that can optimize resource utilization, power consumption, workload availability and end to end application performance."
Adaptive's most recent private cloud patents, which were developed years before the technology took shape, uniquely position the company to meet these requirements as the market continues to grow.
"This ever-increasing patent portfolio is evidence of both our foresight and our efforts to push the private cloud space forward," said David Jackson, Adaptive Computing's CTO and founder, to whom the company's patents are issued or allowed. "With these patents, we can deliver a more extensive set of business guarantees than any other solution."
Adaptive Computing currently has more than 130 patent applications with both U.S. and foreign filings.