Cloud Computing Hardware

U.S. Authorities Grant Three Patents for Cloud Container Technology to AppZero

Cloud Container Technology to AppZero

Massachusetts-based technology startup AppZero announced the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted the application virtualization company three patents providing critical capabilities to its cloud solutions. These patents lay the foundation for AppZero's Cloud Container Isolation ™ technology, the company said on its website.

The company was granted three patents; namely, Patent # 7,757,291, titled “Malware Containment by Application Encapsulation”; Patent # 7,774,762, named “System Including Run-Time Software to Enable a Software Application to Execute on an Incompatible Computer Platform”, and Patent # 7,784,058, called “Computing System Having User Mode Critical System Elements as Shared Libraries”.

AppZero also announced some details on the patents' capabilities that include ability to isolate applications from one another and from the underlying OS, avoiding application conflict. If a virus manage to break the system it is limited to a single container, protecting other applications and the OS.

Another functionality allows the software to package unmodified desktop and server-side applications from old operating systems (OS) for secure delivery to, and execution on, new OS versions, the company said.
Patents also include capability to package fully configured applications and their dependencies into a portable and reusable OS-free Virtual Application Appliance (VAA) which can be copied and run quickly without installation.

A capability of particular interest to cloud services providers is the ability for rapid provisioning of server and desktop business applications from the data center to/from and among clouds.

“Everyone says their solution is unique, but nothing says “unique” quite like a patent. While I'm certain that the granting of 3 patents will increase the company's recognition as a credentialed innovator, what our customers care about is the business agility that AppZero brings to the enterprise, ISVs, and cloud providers alike. They get to run their business applications when and where they choose, with elasticity and ease – without lock-in. The innovation protected by these patents form the heart of this agility,” Greg O'Connor, AppZero CEO, explained in a press release.

Greg O'Connor founded AppZero in 2009 and since then the privately held company attracted the attention of leading technology investors like serial entrepreneur Nigel W. Stokes, Canada's BDC Venture Capital and another Canadian venture capital company, VenGrowth.

The company's solutions allow cloud providers and enterprises to easily move applications to the cloud and back again if needed through its OS-free VAAs, which are self-contained units that are completely portable. AppZero offers software that creates, runs, and maintains VAAs in Linux, Solaris, and Windows environments.

It is a good news that companies compete to patent their cloud solutions and a new wave of such patents could be expected during the year. It is unclear how many cloud computing related patents are pending worldwide but the emergence of cloud computing market as a major driving force in technology sector will inevitably open the flood gates for numerous original innovations in the sector. On the other hand, many cloud startups  – offering for free solutions – rely on open source technologies to develop their products, therefore, one could expect that most cloud patents will appear in the paid segment of the cloud computing services.

By Kiril Kirilov

Kiril Kirilov

Kiril V. Kirilov is covering IT and business and finance topics as a full-time journalist and freelance writer for over two decades. He also deals with all things content strategy and content marketing.

Kiril analyses all business and new technology trends across the tech industry. He is also founder of a content strategy service.

Chris Gerva

Why Containers Can’t Solve All Your Problems In The Cloud

Containers and the cloud Docker and other container services are appealing for a good reason - they are lightweight and ...
Docker And Rocket Ready For Liftoff - Software Containers

Docker And Rocket Ready For Liftoff – Software Containers

Software Containers Docker, CoreOS, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are now working on a new standard for software containers with the ...
Accelerite Announces CloudPlatform Integration with Docker Containers at ApacheCon 2016

Accelerite Announces CloudPlatform Integration with Docker Containers at ApacheCon 2016

Accelerite Announces CloudPlatform Integration Provides Enterprises with a Single Orchestration Platform for Bare-metal, VM, and Container Management SANTA CLARA, Calif ...
Ben Docker

Leaders Of Tech Industry Join Docker In New Open Container Project

New Docker Open Container Project More than 20 tech industry organizations have joined forces with Docker in an exciting, new ...
Is Docker The Next Big Thing?

Is Docker The Next Big Thing?

Is Docker The Next Big Thing? We often hear that a particular product or idea is going to be the ...
What Is Docker vs Rocket: Container Technology

What Is Docker vs Rocket: Container Technology

What Is Docker? Container Technology What is Docker? Docker has been flying high for over 20 months. It’s totally evident that ...
How Docker Changes Cloud Security?

How Docker Changes Cloud Security?

Docker cloud security Nowadays Cloud computing is thriving on its popularity as benefits of cloud adoption are countless, including better ...
Rackspace Carina - A Free Container Technology Service

Rackspace Carina – A Free Container Technology Service

Open Source Docker, Containers & Rackspace's Free Service Containers Containers, sometimes known as virtualization engines (VE), operating-system-level virtualization, software containers, ...
PaaS vs Docker - why is it such a heated debate?

PaaS vs Docker – why is it such a heated debate?

PaaS vs Docker Docker started as just a software container on top of a Linux operating system which seemed like ...
Containers as a Service - The Ins and Outs

Containers as a Service – The Ins and Outs

Containers as a Service Containers as a Service (CaaS), not to be confused with Content as a Service (CaaS), Communication ...