IBM Wins ‘Green’ Cloud Patent for More Efficient Data Centers

Big Blue inventors have patented a new technique that makes it possible for cloud computing data center operators to dynamically redistribute workloads to lower-powered or underutilized systems. The benefit: it minimizes the environmental footprint and impact of cloud services.

In other words, IBM just made greener clouds a reality.

EUThe efficient, distributed cloud computing model has made it possible for people to bank, shop, trade stocks and do many other things online, but the massive data centers that enable these apps can include many thousands of energy-consuming systems,EU said Keith Walker, IBM Master Inventor and co-inventor on the patent. EUWe have invented a way for cloud service providers to more efficiently manage their data centers and, as a result, significantly reduce their environmental impact.EU

One Size Does Not Fit All

Business and government demand for cloud-based IT infrastructure services is growing rapidly. As a result, cloud data center power consumption is on the rise. Most commodity cloud providers follow a one-size-fits-all approach to delivering services via power-crunching servers -- without taking into account the sustainability strategies of individual customers.

Big BlueEUs patented cloud computing invention is similar to how energy utilities offer consumers ways to automatically access and pay for alternative energy sources such as wind or solar to reduce their impacts on the environment. HereEUs how it works: A cloud will be tuned to automatically route service requests through network devices, systems and software that process the service while consuming the least amount of electricity.

IBMEUs cloud data center management invention will address the complexity of deploying optimal cloud environments, while making it easier and more affordable to offer new solutions and services to clients.

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