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vArmour Exponentially Grows Patent Portfolio, Focusing on Application Policy and Automation

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vArmour, the leading data center and cloud security company, today announced 12 additions to its growing patent portfolio issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, almost doubling its patent portfolio within a year. Newly awarded patents focus on policy and automation as services to secure the data center.

vArmour has exponentially increased its patent portfolio since 2015, having an additional 12 issued within the past year, taking the total patents issued to 25, plus 23 pending U.S. patents. The recently awarded and pending patents help security teams in defining and applying application policies to better secure data in multi-cloud environments.

Recent patent innovations allow business owners and their teams to define security policy based upon what's most important for business outcomes as opposed to system capabilities. The cost of security administration is drastically reduced through end-to-end automation, allowing the ability to respond in a predictable, predetermined manner to changing threat landscapes. Cloud-first digital organizations and those in highly regulated environments -- such as Financials, Critical Infrastructure and Healthcare -- would be best served with this modern approach to security. The unifying theme of these innovations is to securely enable business based upon the intent and needs of the application owner.

Excelero Awarded Key Patent for Helping Deliver the Hyperscale Data Center of Tomorrow

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Excelero, a disruptor in software-defined block storage, announced that it was assigned a US patent # 9,658,782 for underlying technology to its NVMesh server SAN solution that is key to its ability to efficiently share NVMe devices at data center scale with local performance. The patent represents the first US patent officially awarded to Excelero, with 9 additional US patents pending , and is among the reasons why NVMesh achieves exceptionally low latency, high NVMe storage ROI and greater flexibility in some of today's most demanding application areas.

An estimated 70 - 80% of enterprises will have adopted a web-scale IT architectural approach by 2027 (Intel data) - enterprises for whom  Excelero's 100% software-only server SAN solution is a perfect fit. The new patent covers Excelero's technique of combining two industry standards, remote direct memory access (RDMA) and storage-oriented memory mapped input/output (MMIO), which dramatically reduces CPU use, removing the target-side CPU from the data path, lowers latency and enables superior performance compared to traditional storage architectures, even those leveraging Flash.  Uses include machine learning, visualization simulation, real-time analytics, genomics and encoding among many other hyper-scale applications.

IndependenceIT Receives Patent for Provisioning Virtual Resources in a Mixed-Use Server Environment

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IndependenceIT, the company that unifies cloud, application and data management for IT administrators, today announced that it has recently received an Issue Notification from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, indicating the patent for the "Provisioning of a Virtual Resource in a Mixed-Use Server" has been approved as United States Patent No. 9,612,861. The technology provides IT administrators with the ability to unify control and coordination of data center assets for greater IT flexibility and bottom line savings.

With an increasingly complex array of choices confronting IT solution providers searching for a simple and easy method of managing the transition of on-premises computing solutions, including applications, data, and workspaces to the cloud, IndependenceIT has developed a simple and easy method of managing this activity. The ability to provision virtual resources in a mixed-use server environment allows IndependenceIT partners to simultaneously and easily work with multiple vendors across cloud infrastructure solutions without having to focus training time or rely exclusively on any one vendor.

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...