Faction Continues to Dominate Hybrid and Multi-Cloud Marketplace

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Faction, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud provider, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Faction a new US Patent #9,621,374, which extends the functionality of hybrid and multi-cloud to new protocols including Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) and Software Defined Networking (SDN). The new patent further reinforces Faction's place at the forefront of hybrid and multi-cloud solutions. 

Faction's new patent allows customers to leverage two key innovations in the networking and cloud arenas: VXLAN and SDN. VXLAN technology is attractive to enterprises as it works to improve scalability challenges associated with large cloud deployments. SDN technology enables networks to add agility and flexibility, while allowing administrators to respond quickly through a centralized control location.

SailPoint Awarded U.S. Patent for Securely Managing Identities from the Cloud

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SailPoint, the leader in identity management, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recognized SailPoint's innovative approach to empowering enterprise employee and partner populations to manage their network access credentials, even when located remotely and locked out of the corporate network. This new patent award enables SailPoint to uniquely provide a solution that ensures security for the enterprise and ease of use for both remote workers and office-based employees and partners. SailPoint's patent number 9,600,656, entitled ‘System and Method for Domain Password Reset in a Secured Distributed Network Environment', is another example of the company's innovative approach to securing identity data for global enterprises.

Typically, company-issued laptops and other mobile devices don't allow users to recover from forgotten network passwords while away from the office and disconnected from the company domain servers. This presents a challenge to anyone who works remotely or travels as part of their job responsibilities. Should they happen to forget their network password while disconnected from the corporate network, until now there has been no way to reset the password without employing duplicate local accounts or physically connecting the device to the main company domain server and network. In this situation, remote employees are effectively locked out and must ship their laptop to the company's IT staff so they can reset the password and then ship it back. In the case of the business traveler, they must wait until they return from their business trip to re-attach to the corporate domain server. This all leads to a significant loss in productivity and end-user dissatisfaction.

Skyhigh Networks Awarded Pioneering CASB Patents for Cloud Security and Cloud Governance

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Skyhigh Networks, the world's leading Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), announced today the company has been awarded two new CASB patents for security and governance capabilities. This official recognition follows nearly four years of comprehensive assessment by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, further validating Skyhigh's risk-based approach to helping customers safely adopt software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud services.

The two new patents, ‘Cloud Service Usage Risk Assessment' and ‘Cloud Service Risk Usage Monitoring System,' brings Skyhigh's granted portfolio count to eight, forming the most robust and growing patented technology portfolio in the CASB industry. Previous CASB patents granted to Skyhigh covered cloud-based encryption with enterprise managed keys, increasingly critical for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other privacy regulations; and identity-based, mobile-to-cloud inline security enforcement, critical for any inline CASB use case. A combination of these seminal patents positions Skyhigh as the CASB industry leader covering cloud discovery, compliance, data security and threat protection.

Zetta Awarded New Patent for Technology that Speeds Direct-to-Cloud Backup

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Zetta, a leading provider of high-performance business continuity solutions, today announced that it has been awarded a patent by the US Patent and Trademark Office that covers the mechanics of how it makes direct-to-cloud data protection fast and efficient. It also includes protection for technology processes that enable direct-to-cloud backup, without any intermediary appliance or staging area, in addition to concurrent local copies.

The latest in a series of Zetta patents, the new Patent 9,483,359, protects systems and methods which enable Zetta data protection technology for backup and disaster recovery to be applicable to even more customers and use cases, by increasing network transport efficiency. The technology is based on enterprise replication methodologies, which provide state consistent snapshot replication. Like incremental backups, it only transfers changed data segments, but unlike traditional incremental backups it isn't susceptible to a single bad backup invalidating all subsequent backups.

Apple reveals fingerprint cloud storage patent

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Apple has patented a method for iPhones to store fingerprint information, upload to the cloud, and then download it on another iPhone. The patent “Finger Biometric Sensor Data Synchronization VIA A Cloud Computing Device And Related Methods" was published by the USPTO on December 17, 2015, reports Slash Gear.

Filed in August, this envisioned process would allow Apple devices to collect fingerprint information, as they do today, but also upload that information to the cloud for storage. Previously, Apple has shied away from storing biometric data in the cloud – and its security policy states: “An image of the fingerprint itself is never actually retained...

Bat Blue Awarded Network Feature Virtualization Patent

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Bat Blue Networks, the innovator of Unified Cloud Security, has been awarded a patent on Network Feature Virtualization (NFV) technology that enables its Cloud/Sec offering to be the most agile and adaptive security solution available today. The patent is titled "System and Method for Providing a Single Global Borderless Perimeter Through Distributed Points of Presence," and is assigned U.S. Patent No. 9,197,601B2. The patent covers Bat Blue's unique Network Feature Virtualization (NFV) technology and was issued on November 24, 2015.

Bat Blue's patented Network Feature Virtualization (NFV) technology uniquely empowers Cloud/Sec to be both agile and adaptive, with the ability to add features and functions on-demand. These are key virtues for security given today's threats and business demand for distributed technologies.

Cloud Computing: Patent Trolls A Costly Problem For Tech Industry

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The same week that Alex Haro and Chris Hulls raised $50 million for their mobile app, Life360, the business partners got a letter. It said they had three days to pay licensing fees to a company they had never heard of because their app violated its patented technology.

Haro and Hulls traced the company, Advanced Ground Information Systems, to a coastal home in Jupiter, Florida, with a phone number that initially went to an anonymous voicemail. They couldn’t find any employees on LinkedIn. To Haro, it was “a punch in the gut,” he said...

Cloud Computing: OnLive Shutting Down After Sony Acquires Patent Portfolio

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In 2010 we first learned about the OnLive Game Service and how they were going to be one of the dominant companies in building the future of cloud computing. In late 2012 the company was acquired by Lauder Partners and a new company was formed called OnLive Inc.

Over the years the Onlive Cloud Gaming service has been used by millions of users in the US and Europe, but that appears to be coming to an end on April 30th.  It appears that Sony has stepped in and bought many of the assets that OnLive had in a deal that has not had the terms disclosed...

Cloud Computing: Apple granted patent for iCloud-based fingerprint storage and cross-device synching

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Apple recently announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted its patent application for an iCloud-based fingerprint storage and cross-device syncing solution, a system that could potentially eliminate manually setting up Touch ID and power next-generation Apple Pay-enabled POS terminals, according to a report by Apple Insider.

In the patent application, entitled “Finger biometric sensor data synchronization via a cloud computing device and related methods,” Apple details how fingerprint data may first be gathered on a primary device and uploaded to iCloud to distribute among secondary devices...

Cloud Computing: IBM Breaks U.S. Patent Record

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Once again, IBM received more patents than any other company in the world over the past year, and again Big Blue broke a record for the number of patents received in a year. IBM announced that it received a record 7,534 patents in 2014—marking the 22nd consecutive year that the company topped the annual list of U.S. patent recipients.

IBM inventors earned an average of more than 20 patents per day in 2014, propelling the company to become the first to surpass more than 7,000 patents in a single year. The company’s record-setting 2014 patent output was led by more than 3,000 patents—40 percent of its annual total—covering a range of cloud computing, analytics, mobile, social and security inventions...