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IBM's Cloud Patents Aim To Change Data Processing And Workload Allocation

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

The patent machine known as IBM announced two cloud patents today. The first is a technology that allocates cloud workloads based upon resource analytics. The second focuses on data processing, allowing "express lanes" to be created for streaming data based on pre-defined variations. The two patents aim to reduce the cost of operations, as well as improve cloud performance and efficiency.

IBM’s workload allocation patent, simply titled "Routing Service Requests Based on Lowest Actual Cost within a Federated Virtual Service Cloud," hopes to help companies get the most bang for their buck when it comes to cloud resources. The technology utilizes analytics data from disparate cloud resources to calculate the most efficient way of using said resources.

The technology makes policy-based decisions when allocating cloud resources. Provisions can be set to make sure workloads are moved when certain cost or performance metrics are recorded.

There are numerous ways this technology can be utilized to improve cloud performance and efficiency. For example, say a company is running workloads out of a data center in Texas but also has available resources in an Oregon data center. If the Texas data center experiences a heat spike and will require greater effort from the cooling system to keep running your workload, IBM’s technology would then reallocate the workload to the more efficient resources in Oregon.

IBM’s other patent, "Predictive Removal Of Runtime Data Using Attribute Characterizing," allows companies to create an "express lane" for processing data. The technology targets variable data that slows down processing speeds due to complex processing requirements. For instance, when recording audio, some audio files may be clear, short, and contain little interference. On the other hand, the file may contain serious quality problems and require more time for processing.

IBM’s technology allows you to create policy-based "lanes" for data with varying processing times. The technology does this by analyzing metadata from previous operations, noting patterns in how certain data was processed and how long it took.

According to IBM Inventor Michael Branson, co-inventor of the patent, "Processing data in a cloud is similar to managing checkout lines at a store—if you have one simple item to purchase, an express lane is preferable to waiting in line behind someone with a more complicated order."

The two new patents from IBM do not necessarily represent technologies that will change the way companies manage cloud resources and data centers today. Instead, they are steps towards future-proofing data centers, and they serve as building blocks for new ways to approach cloud management and computing.