IBM claims lead in cloud patents

Ary Pleysier - Beach View with Boats - Wikimedia CommonsBig Blue is determined to be a leader in cloud computing, despite being snapped at the heels by newcomers like Amazon in the enterprise market.

And it has said that researchers and inventors at IBM have filed over 400 new cloud patents this year. Over the last 18 months it has secured close to 1,200 cloud patents.

IBM is most interested in big buck deals that involve enterprises and that’s reflected by some of the patents it’s grabbed.

Those include high availability for cloud servers, virtual machine availability in a networked computing environment, and a system and method of supporting secure application deployment in a cloud.

Another two patents IBM is particularly fond of is patent number 8,984,134, the snappy title being unified cloud computing infrastructure to manage and deploy physical and virtual environments, and patent number 8,990,950: Enabling granular discretionary access control for data stored in a cloud computing environment.

IBM said it’s already made strategic partnerships with Box and with Apple in the last 12 months in its bid to dominate the enterprise cloud market.