(The Hosting News) – Google is helping open up the data center market to freely use more designs.
On Friday, the tech giant announced that it had added 79 additional patents to its Open Patent Non-Assertion initiative, something the company says is meant to “encourage pro-competitive, defensive uses of patents to support open-source innovation.”
Most of the patents are data center-related and cover areas such as distributed database management, middleware, alarm monitoring and distributed storage management.
“We acquired these patents from IBM and CA Technologies, companies that in 2005 were among the first to make open-source patent pledges. The goal of the patent system is to foster innovation, and we aim to use patents, whether acquired or developed internally, in support of that goal,” explained Google Senior Patent Counsel Duane Valz via a press release.
Open source data center designs have been receiving more and more attention in recent years. The Facebook-backed initiative known as the “Open Compute Project” similarly pushes open source designs with the goal of cutting down on costs and pushing higher efficiency.
Google maintains and operates data centers in locations including the Americas, Asia and Europe.