Patent Number: 8,793,378

Title: Identifying services and associated capabilities in a networked computing environment

Abstract: In general, embodiments of the present invention classify cloud computing environments based on the abstraction layers that the cloud computing environments span and by combining the re-usable capabilities/logical components from these layers. In a typical embodiment, input (e.g., a set of requirements, a set of preferences, a set of costs parameters, and/or a request for feedback) pertaining to a set of services available in the networked computing environment is received from a requester via a network node. Based on the input, a set of capabilities and a corresponding set of logical components of the networked computing environment are identified. Thereafter, a set of providers capable of providing at least one of the set of services is identified and ranked. The set of logical components is then configured to provide the set of services according to the input, and made available to the requester.

Inventors: Allam; Abdul (Raleigh, NC), Brown; William A. (Raleigh, NC), Harishankar; Raman (Blacklick, OH), Kantamneni; Siva P. (Largo, FL)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 15/173 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018