Adaptive Computing, managers of the world’s largest private cloud and technical computing systems, today announced that it has been granted its fifteenth cloud computing patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Patent No. 8,179,490. This patent is the most recent in a long line of core cloud computing patents issued to David Jackson, Adaptive Computing’s CTO and founder.
The growing Adaptive Computing patent portfolio covers key cloud computing concepts such as elastic computing, cloudbursting, dynamic provisioning, multi-tenancy, compute resource guarantees, usage billing and more. These patented techniques have formed the basis of Adaptive’s products and are now widely used in the industry. Enterprises today are increasingly moving their computing workloads to public and private clouds, taking advantage of cloud computing’s lower costs and higher service levels. Adaptive Computing’s innovations have made these advantages possible.
In recognition of its patent portfolio, Adaptive Computing recently received a Utah Genius Award for being one of the top patent companies in Utah. Presented annually by Bateman IP Law Group, KSL, and Zions Bank, the Utah Genius Awards recognize companies which excel in patents and trademarks at both the national and international levels.
The most recent patents awarded cover concepts core to the next generation of cloud computing. These include methods of supporting multitier applications, sharing resources in public-private hybrid clouds, guaranteeing service delivery while efficiently utilizing cloud resources, enabling multi-tenant cloud computing, and facilitating time-based policy enforcement. Adaptive Computing, founded in 2001, has long been an innovator in the cloud computing space. “Many of these patents have 2004 priority dates, and were filed when few were even thinking about cloud computing,” said Rob Clyde, CEO of Adaptive Computing. “David Jackson’s forethought and vision are evident throughout these patents.”
From the early days of Adaptive Computing, Jackson realized that business would need more dynamic, flexible computing environments. He set to work solving the hard problems around dynamic provisioning, usage billing models, reservations, security and more. Throughout this process, he maintained a focus on guaranteeing what businesses value most.
"Cloud is hard. Businesses are coming to understand that done correctly, cloud must not just provide general efficiency and agility, but must do so while modeling the capabilities of compute infrastructure, the needs of applications, and the service level agreements of users and departments,” said Jackson. “Tomorrow's cloud must allow sites to take advantage of new technologies while preserving the business-critical investment they have already made." Jackson continued, “Our core inventions allow organizations to realize cloud's promise, guaranteeing resource access and service levels with a flexibility, intelligence and efficiency that is unrivalled anywhere in the industry."
Adaptive has long pioneered innovation in cloud computing. Beyond the 15 core patents now issued, Adaptive Computing has over 130 domestic and international patent filings, most dating to 2007 and earlier. This positions Adaptive with one of the earliest and most extensive portfolios of cloud patents in the industry. Summarizing the situation, Clyde said, “From its earliest days, Adaptive Computing has been committed to pushing the state of the art in computing. Our large and growing patent portfolio is a testament to that commitment.”