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Patent Issued for Software Configuration Item Back-Up Facility

July 3, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Akamatsu, Takeshi (Kanagawa-ken, JP); Akiyama, Kazuhito (Kanagawa-ken, JP); Kino, Yumi (Kanagawa-ken, JP); Terao, Takashi (Kanagawa-ken, JP); Tsumura, Tadashi (Kanagawa-ken, JP), filed on June 5, 2009, was published online on June 17, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8756385, is International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Many computer-related or information technology ('IT') devices may be used at a data center. Temporary changes in the states of the devices, arising from modifications to hardware and software, may complicate proper management and optimization. A system administrator, for example, may back up data and software for system restoration after modifications have taken place. Since a modified system may include multiple types of middleware, the backup data may not function to restore the system unless the system and the middleware have been synchronized.

"In some data centers, a single IT device may be used for various purposes. In such an environment, the system may need to be reconstructed for each usage. This may require reintroducing and reconfiguring previously-introduced middleware with each usage, with added expense.

"Further, a product-testing division may test various IT devices. For improved efficiency, an introduction image for each IT device may be used to construct a test environment to determine which operating system ('OS') and middleware should be used. A combination of related middleware, such as an OS, a Web application server ('WAS'), and a data server, may be required for the test environment. Since versions of hardware or software must be strictly set, however, the middleware used in the test environment may need to be configured and re-configured according to the particular versions of the IT devices under test."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Embodiments of the invention have been developed to identify software configuration items for possible backup in response to a software configuration item selected for backup.

"In one embodiment of the invention, a system may identify a second software configuration item for possible backup in response to selection of a first software configuration item for backup, where the first and the second software configuration items are related. The system may include a detecting unit for detecting information regarding at least one hardware and at least two software configuration items. A repository may store a set of data for each configuration item based on the detected information. The set of data may include a predetermined attribute of the configuration item and a relation between the configuration item and another configuration item. An identifying unit may then identify the second software configuration item from the attribute and/or the relation upon selection of the first software configuration item for backup.

"A corresponding method and computer program product are also disclosed and claimed herein."

For more information, see this patent: Akamatsu, Takeshi; Akiyama, Kazuhito; Kino, Yumi; Terao, Takashi; Tsumura, Tadashi. Software Configuration Item Back-Up Facility. U.S. Patent Number 8756385, filed June 5, 2009, and published online on June 17, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Software, International Business Machines Corporation.

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Source: Computer Weekly News

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