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"Disaster Recovery in a Networked Computing Environment" in Patent Application Approval Process

August 7, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventor Radhakrishnan, Rajesh (Reston, VA), filed on March 17, 2014, was made available online on July 24, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to International Business Machines Corporation.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The cloud computing environment is an enhancement to the predecessor grid environment, whereby multiple grids and other computation resources may be further abstracted by a cloud layer, thus making disparate devices appear to an end-consumer as a single pool of seamless resources. These resources may include such things as physical or logical compute engines, servers and devices, device memory, and storage devices.

"Currently, Disaster Recovery (DR) tests are relatively inefficient and cumbersome to perform. Along these lines, DR tests per service often fail DR threshold requirements such as service Recovery Time Objective (RTO), component RTO, data RTO, and Recovery Point Objective (RPO). As such, it is difficult to gauge the success rate of DR tests and DR performance during actual disasters. In general, DR exercises range from table top exercises, and in-lab partial recovery tests, to full scale DR site recovery tests. Currently, availability of DR tests that allow for automated third party recovery tests that focus on specific services and service components is very limited. Given the larger portfolio of Information Technology (IT) enabled business services that large enterprises have and their interdependencies, it is difficult and costly to run full scale DR drills on a periodic basis. Moreover, the portfolio of Service Oriented Architecture (SON/Web services (e.g., atomic composite, and clustered services) and their relationship to business services and business processes introduce more complexity to DR scenarios and exercises."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "In general, embodiments of the present invention provide a DR solution for a networked computing environment such as a cloud computing environment. Specifically, a customer or the like can select a disaster recovery provider from a pool (at least one) of disaster recovery providers using a customer interface to a DR portal. Similarly, using the interface and DR portal, the customer can then submit a request for DR to be performed for a set (at least one) of applications. The customer will then also submit (via the interface and DR portal) DR information. This information can include, among other things, a set of application images, a set of application files, a set of recovery requirements, a designation of one or more specific (e.g., application) components for which DR is desired, dump file(s), database file(s), etc. Using the DR information, the DR provider will then generate and conduct a set of DR tests and provide the results to the customer via the DR portal and interface. In one embodiment, a temporary DR environment can be created (e.g., by the DR provider or the customer) in which the DR tests are conducted.

"A first aspect of the present invention provides a method for providing disaster recovery in a networked computing environment, comprising: receiving a selection of a disaster recovery provider from a customer, the selection being made from a pool of disaster recovery providers; receiving a request from the customer for disaster recovery to be performed for a set of applications; receiving disaster recovery information from the customer pertaining to the request, the disaster recovery information comprising at least one of the following: a set of application images, a set of application files, and a set of recovery requirements; providing the disaster recovery information to the disaster recovery provider; and receiving results of a set of disaster recovery tests conducted by the disaster recovery provider in response to the request, the set of disaster recovery tests being developed based on the disaster recovery information.

"A second aspect of the present invention provides a system for providing disaster recovery in a networked computing environment, comprising: a bus; a processor coupled to the bus; and a memory medium coupled to the bus, the memory medium comprising instructions to: receive a selection of a disaster recovery provider from a customer, the selection being made from a pool of disaster recovery providers; receive a request from the customer for disaster recovery to be performed for a set of applications; receive disaster recovery information from the customer pertaining to the request, the disaster recovery information comprising at least one of the following: a set of application images, a set of application files, and a set of recovery requirements; provide the disaster recovery information to the disaster recovery provider; and receive results of a set of disaster recovery tests conducted by the disaster recovery provider in response to the request, the set of disaster recovery tests being developed based on the disaster recovery information.

"A third aspect of the present invention provides a computer program product for providing disaster recovery in a networked computing environment, the computer program product comprising a computer readable storage media, and program instructions stored on the computer readable storage media, to: receive a selection of a disaster recovery provider from a customer, the selection being made from a pool of disaster recovery providers; receive a request from the customer for disaster recovery to be performed for a set of applications; receive disaster recovery information from the customer pertaining to the request, the disaster recovery information comprising at least one of the following: a set of application images, a set of application files, and a set of recovery requirements; provide the disaster recovery information to the disaster recovery provider; and receive results of a set of disaster recovery tests conducted by the disaster recovery provider in response to the request, the set of disaster recovery tests being developed based on the disaster recovery information.

"A fourth aspect of the present invention provides a method for deploying a system for providing disaster recovery in a networked computing environment, comprising: deploying a computer infrastructure being operable to: receive a selection of a disaster recovery provider from a customer, the selection being made from a pool of disaster recovery providers; receive a request from the customer for disaster recovery to be performed for a set of applications; receive disaster recovery information from the customer pertaining to the request, the disaster recovery information comprising at least one of the following: a set of application images, a set of application files, and a set of recovery requirements; provide the disaster recovery information to the disaster recovery provider; and receive results of a set of disaster recovery tests conducted by the disaster recovery provider in response to the request, the set of disaster recovery tests being developed based on the disaster recovery information.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"These and other features of this invention will be more readily understood from the following detailed description of the various aspects of the invention taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

"FIG. 1 depicts a cloud computing node according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 depicts a cloud computing environment according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 depicts abstraction model layers according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 depicts a component flow diagram according to an embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 5 depicts a method flow diagram according to an embodiment of the repent invention.

"The drawings are not necessarily to scale. The drawings are merely schematic representations, not intended to portray specific parameters of the invention. The drawings are intended to depict only typical embodiments of the invention, and therefore should not be considered as limiting the scope of the invention. In the drawings, like numbering represents like elements."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Radhakrishnan, Rajesh. Disaster Recovery in a Networked Computing Environment. Filed March 17, 2014 and posted July 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=309&p=7&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140717.PD.&OS=PD/20140717&RS=PD/20140717

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

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