Patent Number: 8,819,240

Title: Managing computing environment entitlement contracts and associated resources using cohorting

Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for managing computing resources relative to a computing environment entitlement contract. These mechanisms generate one or more computing environment entitlement contract (CEEC) data structures, each CEEC data structure defining terms of a business level agreement between a contracting party and a provider of the data processing system. A CEEC cohort is generated comprising a collection of CEECs having similar terms. Utilization of a collection of computing resources in accordance with the similar terms of the collection of CEECs is monitored to identify a usage pattern within the CEEC cohort. Membership of a CEEC in the CEEC cohort based on the identified usage pattern is modified based on the monitored utilization.

Inventors: O'Sullivan; Patrick J. (Dublin, IE), Thorburn; James C. (Toronto, CA)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/50 (20060101); G06F 15/173 (20060101); H04J 1/16 (20060101); H04W 4/00 (20090101)

Expiration Date: 8/26/12018