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Patent Issued for Methods and Systems for On-Boarding Applications to a Cloud

September 11, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- From Alexandria, Virginia, VerticalNews journalists report that a patent by the inventors Agarwal, Vikas (Noida, IN); Alexander, Michael Edward (Great Falls, VA); Ananthanarayanan, Rema (New Delhi, IN); Goyal, Sunil (Haryana, IN); Mittal, Sumit (Uttar Pradesh, IN); Mukherjea, Sougata (New Delhi, IN), filed on July 28, 2011, was published online on August 26, 2014.

The patent's assignee for patent number 8819679 is International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY).

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Generally, the cloud, or cloud network, has grown significantly in its reach, importance and applicability and users of different types are continually entering the greater cloud hosting space. Among these newer participants are telecom operators, for instance. While all participants, both established and newer, are eager to host many applications from different application and service vendors on the cloud, challenges have been encountered in the process of on-boarding new applications (or 'apps') to the cloud. At best, smaller component steps of such a process are undertaken but a more efficient and comprehensive process from end-to-end has hitherto been elusive."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In summary, one aspect of the invention provides: providing an application for hosting in a cloud environment; providing metadata related to the application; obtaining metadata related to the cloud; comparing the application metadata and cloud metadata; ascertaining the compatibility of the application with existing offerings of the cloud; and on-boarding the application to the cloud.

"Another aspect of the invention provides an apparatus comprising: at least one processor; and a computer readable storage medium having computer readable program code embodied therewith and executable by the at least one processor, the computer readable program code comprising: computer readable program code configured to provide an application for hosting in a cloud environment; computer readable program code is configured to provide metadata related to the application; computer readable program code is configured to obtain metadata related to the cloud; computer readable program code is configured to compare the application metadata and cloud metadata; computer readable program code is configured to ascertain the compatibility of the application with existing offerings of the cloud; and computer readable program code is configured to on-board the application to the cloud.

"An additional aspect of the invention provides a computer program product comprising: a computer readable storage medium having computer readable program code embodied therewith, the computer readable program code comprising: computer readable program code configured to provide an application for hosting in a cloud environment; computer readable program code is configured to provide metadata related to the application; computer readable program code is configured to obtain metadata related to the cloud; computer readable program code is configured to compare the application metadata and cloud metadata; computer readable program code is configured to ascertain the compatibility of the application with existing offerings of the cloud; and computer readable program code is configured to on-board the application to the cloud.

"For a better understanding of exemplary embodiments of the invention, together with other and further features and advantages thereof, reference is made to the following description, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, and the scope of the claimed embodiments of the invention will be pointed out in the appended claims."

For additional information on this patent, see: Agarwal, Vikas; Alexander, Michael Edward; Ananthanarayanan, Rema; Goyal, Sunil; Mittal, Sumit; Mukherjea, Sougata. Methods and Systems for On-Boarding Applications to a Cloud. U.S. Patent Number 8819679, filed July 28, 2011, and published online on August 26, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8819679.PN.&OS=PN/8819679RS=PN/8819679

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

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