The technology industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity driven by the growth of the market for cloud-enabled virtual machine instances distribution, including the increasing demand for scalability, cost-effectiveness, and reliability in cloud environments and growing importance of technologies such as load balancing algorithms, auto-scaling mechanisms, and intelligent resource management systems. These technologies enable dynamic and efficient distribution of virtual machine instances, ensuring optimal resource utilisation, workload balancing, and enhanced overall performance in cloud computing 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 instances distribution. 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 instances distribution is a key innovation area in cloud

Virtual machine instances distribution refers to the procedure of generating and dispersing virtual machines within a virtualised setting. This method optimises the efficiency of a cloud computing infrastructure by enabling multiple virtual machines to operate on a single physical hardware. A virtual machine is a software-based replica of a physical computer system that enables users to run various operating systems and applications on a single server. The distribution of virtual machines entails generating virtual machine images, configuring them with desired specifications, and subsequently allocating them across numerous physical resources.

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 50 companies, spanning technology vendors, established technology companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of virtual machine instances distribution.

Key players in virtual machine instances distribution – 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 instances distribution

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
International Business Machines (IBM) 201 Unlock Company Profile
Intel 168 Unlock Company Profile
Microsoft 100 Unlock Company Profile
Dell Technologies 61 Unlock Company Profile
Furukawa 61 Unlock Company Profile
Desktone 60 Unlock Company Profile
Qualcomm 46 Unlock Company Profile
Huawei Investment & Holding 39 Unlock Company Profile
Micron Technology 38 Unlock Company Profile
Amazon.com 34 Unlock Company Profile
Hitachi 33 Unlock Company Profile
Broadcom 25 Unlock Company Profile
Samsung Group 22 Unlock Company Profile
NEC 21 Unlock Company Profile
Apple 20 Unlock Company Profile
Hewlett Packard Enterprise 19 Unlock Company Profile
Medtronic 18 Unlock Company Profile
Empire Technologies 18 Unlock Company Profile
SoftBank Group 16 Unlock Company Profile
Security First 16 Unlock Company Profile
Quanta Computer 15 Unlock Company Profile
Cisco Systems 14 Unlock Company Profile
ZTE 14 Unlock Company Profile
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson 13 Unlock Company Profile
Cbfi Investment 13 Unlock Company Profile
Texas Instruments 13 Unlock Company Profile
Advent International 13 Unlock Company Profile
Convida Wireless 12 Unlock Company Profile
VMware 11 Unlock Company Profile
Citigroup 10 Unlock Company Profile
Sony Group 10 Unlock Company Profile
Pure Storage 9 Unlock Company Profile
Toshiba 9 Unlock Company Profile
Carlyle Group 8 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced Micro Devices 8 Unlock Company Profile
Oracle 8 Unlock Company Profile
Panasonic 8 Unlock Company Profile
Inspur Electronic Information Industry 7 Unlock Company Profile
Lumen Technologies 7 Unlock Company Profile
Schneider Electric 7 Unlock Company Profile
Renesas Electronics 7 Unlock Company Profile
Nouvenn 6 Unlock Company Profile
Nutanix 6 Unlock Company Profile
AT&T 6 Unlock Company Profile
China Tower 6 Unlock Company Profile
Konica Minolta 6 Unlock Company Profile
Compellent Technologies 6 Unlock Company Profile
Unisys 6 Unlock Company Profile
Ziften Technologies 5 Unlock Company Profile
Juniper Networks 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

International Business Machines (IBM) is a leading patent filer in virtual machine instances distribution. One of the company's patents targets input/output (I/O) operation requests from pageable storage mode guests in a virtual environment. This allows the environment's processors to process the requests independently of the hosts, manipulating buffer state information stored in the host storage on behalf of the guests.

Other prominent patent filers in the space include Intel and Microsoft.   

In terms of geographical reach, Unisys leads the pack, followed by Panasonic and Advanced Micro Devices. In terms of application diversity, Ziften Technologies holds the top position, followed by Security First and Nouvenn.         

Cloud innovation in virtual machine instances distribution has transformed the way computing resources are allocated and managed. Virtual machine instances are isolated units of virtualised compute resources that can be provisioned and utilised independently. Cloud providers leverage advanced distribution technologies to efficiently allocate virtual machine instances across their infrastructure, optimising resource utilisation and performance.

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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