IBM wins dynamic network bandwidth patent for cloud

IBM wins dynamic network bandwidth patent for cloud

Summary: According to Big Blue, its invention should pave the way for more efficient software defined networking and allow cloud systems to better handle bursts.

TOPICS: Cloud, IBM, Networking

IBM was awarded a patent for dynamically managing network bandwidth in a cloud computing environment. IBM's bet is that its invention can optimize cloud computing performance.

The patent, U.S. Patent No. 8,352,953, is for a method that automatically decides the best way for users to access a cloud system based on available network bandwidth.

IBM said that the approach should allow clouds to better handle surges in traffic because systems can reassign work to system nodes with bandwidth. Usually, a cloud user has access to a virtual machine and the more people tap the system the more networking bandwidth matters.

According to Big Blue, its approach should pave the way for more efficient software defined networking, which automates and dynamically manages bandwidth and the infrastructure that goes with it.

Here's a chart from the patent filing explaining how the method works.

ibm patent

Topics: Cloud, IBM, Networking

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  • I can't believe it

    This is not innovative at all. These techniques have been used for years in various ways via load balancers and wan optimization tools. BigIP, Fatpipe, netscaler, etc.

    I think this is probably a way more so to just patent it and license it for royalties.
  • Check Calender, Nope it's not 1st April

    They are actually being serious.

    I'm stunned this was awarded a patent as there is more prior art there than in The Louvre.
    Alan Smithie
  • At least they aren't trying to patent color coded text.

    That was patented by a poetry professor in Florida in the 1970's. Manufacturers paid him off just to avoid the hassle of a court fight. Ironically, the courtroom Bible may have had evidence of prior art: red letter text for the words of Jesus!