IBM Gets Another Patent – Governing Geographically Dispersed Cloud Data

IBM inventors have patented a technique that helps clients automatically analyze and manage the location where their public cloud hosting data and private cloud data is stored, thereby enabling companies to comply with regulations governing where data can be stored in different countries and continents.

ibm-cloudA challenge that can arise from the cloud model is the need for public cloud hosting and private cloud providers to manage and govern content in accordance with regulations specified by government agencies in different countries or continents.

The patented IBM invention – Geographic governance of data over clouds: U.S. patent #8,676,593 – allows users to dynamically choose or change the location where cloud data resides, ensuring that businesses adhere to local or regional compliance and security regulations.

Files are tagged

IBM‘s invention allows companies to mark or tag their data and use an intelligent cloud management system to store files in the appropriate location. For example, if a business needs to ensure that all of its financial data is stored in a specific cloud hosting data center, the associated files are tagged appropriately and the cloud management system ensures that the files are stored in the correct location(s).

“During the early years of cloud computing, it was evident that storing and accessing business data across geographically dispersed cloud computing environments could present logistical and regulatory challenges,” said Sandeep Ramesh Patil, co-inventor of patent #8,676,593. “Our team of inventors designed a system that will allow businesses to efficiently manage and move data in the cloud, while meeting required compliance mandates in different countries.”

Over the years, IBM inventors have patented thousands of inventions, many of which are now related to cloud computing.