The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity driven by the growth of the market for cloud-enabled virtual machine instances management, including the rising demand for agility, cost optimization, and streamlined operations in cloud computing and growing importance of technologies such as virtualization technologies, orchestration frameworks, and automation tools. These technologies enable efficient provisioning, seamless monitoring, and dynamic scaling of virtual machine instances, resulting in improved resource utilization, enhanced performance, and reduced operational complexities in cloud-based environments. In the last three years alone, there have been over 3.6 million patents filed and granted in the technology industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Cloud: Virtual machine instance management. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 2.5 million patents to analyse innovation intensity for the technology industry, there are 300+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Virtual machine instance management is a key innovation area in cloud

Virtual machine instance management encompasses the procedures involved in creating, configuring, and overseeing virtual machines (VMs) within a cloud computing infrastructure. This process entails the deployment and administration of various VM resources, including CPU, memory, storage, networking, and operating systems. Additionally, it encompasses the responsibility of ensuring the optimal performance and security of the VMs throughout their lifecycle.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 420+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of virtual machine instance management.

Key players in virtual machine instance management – a disruptive innovation in the technology industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to virtual machine instance management

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
International Business Machines (IBM) 5989 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 2676 Unlock Company Profile
Desktone 2546 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 2222 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 2062 Unlock Company Profile
Dell Technologies 1661 Unlock Company Profile
Amazon.com 1410 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 911 Unlock Company Profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 875 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 754 Unlock Company Profile
VMware 750 Unlock Company Profile
SoftBank Group 723 Unlock Company Profile
Inspur Electronic Information Industry 658 Unlock Company Profile
Citrix Systems 656 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 586 Unlock Company Profile
Cisco Systems 567 Unlock Company Profile
Oracle 567 Unlock Company Profile
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 548 Unlock Company Profile
Nutanix 445 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 436 Unlock Company Profile
Alphabet 375 Unlock Company Profile
Broadcom 357 Unlock Company Profile
ZTE 347 Unlock Company Profile
Nokia 278 Unlock Company Profile
AT&T 243 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced Micro Devices 242 Unlock Company Profile
CommVault Systems 236 Unlock Company Profile
Micron Technology 204 Unlock Company Profile
Bitdefender Ipr Management 197 Unlock Company Profile
Baidu 196 Unlock Company Profile
Tencent 185 Unlock Company Profile
Juniper Networks 183 Unlock Company Profile
HP 179 Unlock Company Profile
Ping An Insurance 160 Unlock Company Profile
Legend 160 Unlock Company Profile
NetApp 159 Unlock Company Profile
China Tower 153 Unlock Company Profile
Corel 147 Unlock Company Profile
Siemens 134 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 131 Unlock Company Profile
Carlyle Group 131 Unlock Company Profile
Rubrik 128 Unlock Company Profile
Empire Technologies 128 Unlock Company Profile
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone 123 Unlock Company Profile
H3C Technologies 119 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 116 Unlock Company Profile
BT Group 106 Unlock Company Profile
Compellent Technologies 100 Unlock Company Profile
Mandiant 98 Unlock Company Profile
Sangfor Technologies 96 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

International Business Machines (IBM) is a leading patent filer in virtual machine instance management. One of the company's patents is related to software provisioning in a computer system with connected client devices and a computing infrastructure. The software provisioning system retrieves session information of a logged-in user, determines their entitlement to specific software application packages, and calculates software application usage information based on the session and entitlement data. Other prominent patent filers in the space include Huawei Investment and Desktone.    

In terms of geographical reach, Arrcus leads the pack, followed by Solvay and Airbus Group. In terms of application diversity, Solvay holds the top position, followed by Motorola Solutions and Bright Data.           

Cloud innovation in virtual machine instances management has revolutionized the way computing resources are controlled and optimized. Virtual machine instances management involves overseeing the provisioning, monitoring, and scaling of virtual machines in cloud environments. This innovation offers increased flexibility, scalability, and efficiency in managing computing resources.

To further understand how cloud is disrupting the technology industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Cloud Computing – Thematic Intelligence.

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