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Acronis Assigned Twelve Patents

Using storage path to facilitate DR, protecting network resources, preserving data using replication and blockchain notarization, cataloging using file system metadata, generating self-notarized backups, antivirus scanning of backup data at centralized storage, modifying storage system configuration using AI, optimized re-striping in erasure encoded storage, safeguarding user data, creating data protection map and remediating vulnerabilities, determining backup schedule based on data analysis and ML, trusted data restoration and authentication

Using storage path to facilitate disaster recovery
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11526403) developed by Ruslyakov, Alexey A., Moscow Region, Russia, Lyadvinsky, Maxim V., Moscow, Russia, and Beloussov, Serguei M., Costa del Sol, Singapore, for “using a storage path to facilitate disaster recovery.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “A method, computer program product, and computing system for using a storage path to facilitate disaster recovery are described. A method may comprise receiving a selection of the storage path to facilitate access to a cloud storage device by the cloud computing client. The method may further comprise configuring the storage path to facilitate access to the cloud storage device by the cloud computing client, wherein the storage path is dedicated to the cloud computing client, and wherein a cloud computing site infrastructure is inaccessible to the cloud computing client via the storage path. The method may also comprise configuring a backup routine to generate a backed-up client resource and transmit the backed-up client resource to the cloud storage device via the storage path. The method may additionally comprise transmitting a list of backed-up client resources stored at the cloud storage device.

The patent application was filed on 2014-06-30 (14/320409).

Protecting network resources
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11516247) developed by Strogov, Vladimir, Dod, Alexey, Chernyakovskiy, Valery, Moscow, Russia, Beloussov, Serguei, Costa Del Sol, Singapore, and Protasov, Stanislav, Moscow, Russia, for “system and method for protecting network resources.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “The present disclosure includes methods and systems for protecting network resources. An exemplary method comprises starting, by a processor, copy-on-write snapshotting for modifications to a plurality of files in storage, the modification initiated by a suspicious application, detecting, by the processor, a modification of a file of the plurality of files, determining, by the processor, whether the file is stored on a shared network resource or a local resource, in response to determining that the file is stored on a shared network resource, determining, by the processor, that a current region being modified is not already saved in a snapshot, and if the current region is not saved, saving the current region to a snapshot, marking, by the processor, the current region as being saved and analyzing all saved regions that were modified for malicious activity to determine that the suspicious application modifying the saved regions is malicious.

The patent application was filed on 2019-12-11 (16/709985).

Preserving data using replication and blockchain notarization
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11500729) developed by Tkachev, Igor, Miroshkin, Vladimir, Moscow, Russia, Beloussov, Serguei, Costa del Sol, Singapore, Protasov, Stanislav, Moscow, Russia, for “system and method for preserving data using replication and blockchain notarization.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Disclosed herein are systems and methods for preserving data using a replication and blockchain notarization. In one aspect, an exemplary method comprises, by a hardware processor, receiving, from a user, a request for a legal hold of data and criteria for controlling access to the data, creating a legal hold object and establishing an access control criteria, creating, in the cloud storage, a cloud storage space that corresponds to the created legal hold object, and defining the access control for reading from the created cloud storage space, searching, in a backup data storage of a client data system, to identify all relevant data corresponding to the created legal hold object, and storing the identified relevant data and the search queries used for the identification of the relevant data, replicating the identified relevant data in the created cloud storage space, and notarizing the replicated relevant data using a blockchain notarization service.

The patent application was filed on 2020-03-19 (16/823914).

Cataloging using file system metadata
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11487700) developed by Per, Yuri, Moscow Region, Russia, Beloussov, Serguei M., Costa del Sol, Singapore, Protasov, Stanislav, and Lyadvinsky, Maxim V., Moscow, Russia, for “systems and methods of cataloging using file system metadata.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Systems and methods for data recovery, backup and catalog generation are described. In part, the disclosure relates to a computer-implemented method for generating a data catalog includes creating a current backup archive, obtaining access to a Master File Table (MFT), or other index table such as an Inode Table, of the current backup archive and a MFT, or other index table such as an Inode Table, of a previous backup archive, comparing each entry in the MFT, or Inode Table, of the current backup to each entry of the MFT, or Inode Table, of the previous backup to identify one or more differences in the current backup archive, and saving one or more of the differences into the data catalog of the current backup archive.

The patent application was filed on 2015-09-30 (14/870977).

Generating self-notarized backups
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11481284) developed by Zatsepin, Vladimir, Beloussov, Serguei, and Protasov, Stanislav, Moscow, Russia, for “systems and methods for generating self-notarized backups.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Disclosed herein are systems and methods for enabling self-notarization in a data backup. In one aspects, a method may comprise generating the data backup at a computing device. The method may comprise calculating a checksum of the data backup. The method may comprise adding a self-notarization script to the data backup. The self-notarization script may be configured to automatically trigger without intervention by an external notarization system, in response to a pre-determined backup storage event, and in response to triggering, notarize and send the checksum to a distributed registry. The method may comprise sending the data backup comprising the self-notarization script to a backup storage device.

The patent application was filed on 2020-11-16 (17/098727).

Antivirus scanning of backup data at centralized storage
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11477232) developed by Kulaga, Andrey, Strogov, Vladimir, Ulasen, Sergey, Ishanov, Oleg, Kornachev, Igor, Grebennikov, Nikolay, Protasov, Stanislav, Moscow, Russia, and Beloussov, Serguei, Costa Del Sol, Singapore, for “method and system for antivirus scanning of backup data at a centralized storage.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Disclosed herein are systems and method for anti-virus scanning of backup data at a centralized storage. In an exemplary aspect, a method may receive, at the centralized storage, a backup slice from each respective computing device in a plurality of computing devices, wherein the centralized storage comprises, for each respective computing device, a respective backup archive including a plurality of backup slices. The method may mount the received backup slice as a virtual disk. The method may detect, for the respective computing device, a change between the mounted virtual disk and any number of previous backup slices and may evaluate the change against behavioral rules to identify malicious behavior. In response to determining that the change exhibits malicious behavior, the method may execute a remediation action to prevent an attack on the plurality of computing devices or the centralized storage.

The patent application was filed on 2020-06-22 (16/908073).

Modifying storage system configuration using AI
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11449231) developed by Beloussov, Serguei, Costa Del Sol, Singapore, Melnikov, Oleg, Korotaev, Kirill, Ulasen, Sergey, Moscow, Russia, for “systems and methods for modifying storage system configuration using artificial intelligence.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Methods and systems are provided for modifying configuration of a storage system using artificial intelligence. An exemplary method comprises collecting, over a period of time, health and parameter information of the storage system. The method comprises predicting, using a machine learning algorithm, upcoming events that may degrade performance of the storage system based on the health and parameter information. The method comprises determining that the storage system will not operate in accordance with a set of goals based on the upcoming events. In response to determining that the storage system will not operate in accordance with the set of goals, the method comprises generating parameter changes, and applying the parameter changes to the storage system.

The patent application was filed on 2021-05-05 (17/308121).

Optimized re-striping in erasure encoded storage
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11442644) developed by Volkov, Oleg, Zaitsev, Andrey, Kuznetsov, Alexey, Per, Yuri, Protasov, Stanislav, Moscow, Russia, and Beloussov, Serguei, Costa Del Sol, Singapore, for “systems and methods for optimized re-striping in an erasure encoded storage.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Aspects of the present disclosure describe methods and systems for optimized re-striping in an erasure encoded storage. In one exemplary aspect, a method may receive a request to re-stripe a plurality of data blocks arranged as a tile in the erasure encoded storage, wherein the request comprises a desired tile width. The method may identify (1) a number of data blocks in the tile and (2) a width of the tile. The method may determine a maximum number of data blocks that do not need to be rearranged when reconfiguring the tile to the desired tile width. Furthermore, the method may determine a tile reconfiguration with the desired tile width that does not rearrange the maximum number of the data blocks of the tile, and may re-stripe the tile in accordance with the tile reconfiguration.

The patent application was filed on 2020-08-06 (16/986326).

Safeguarding user data
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11436328) developed by Strogov, Vladimir, Grebennikov, Nikolay, Moscow, Russia, Beloussov, Serguei, Costa Del Sol, Singapore, Shmulevich, Mark, Protasov, Stanislav, Moscow, Russia, and Aseev, Eugene, Moscow Region, Russia, for “systems and methods of safeguarding user data.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Methods and systems for safeguarding against malware such as ransomware are described. In part, the disclosure relates to systems and methods for restoring user data and other data encrypted by malware or otherwise rendered inaccessible thereby. In one embodiment, the disclosure relates to a method of safeguarding user data. The method includes monitoring a plurality of processes executing on a computing device, detecting when a first process of the plurality of processes attempts to modify one or more parameters of a user data file, determining if first process is a trusted process or an untrusted process using one or more heuristics, and if the first process is determined to be an untrusted process, create a backup version of the user data file, wherein the backup version of the user data file is created with regard to an unchanged version the user data file.

The patent application was filed on 2018-02-23 (15/903248).

Creating data protection map and remediating vulnerabilities
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11394738) developed by Kulaga, Andrey, Strogov, Vladimir, Ishanov, Oleg, Protasov, Stanislav, Moscow, Russia, and Beloussov, Serguei, Costa del Sol, Singapore, for “system and method for creating a data protection map and remediating vulnerabilities.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Systems and methods for remediating vulnerabilities on a plurality of computing devices is disclosed herein. In one exemplary aspect, a method comprises classifying monitored data into a plurality of categories using a machine learning algorithm. For each respective data file of the monitored data, the method comprises retrieving one or more policies associated with a classified category of the respective data file and determining whether respective data file complies with the one or more policies. The method further comprises generating a compliance map based on compliance with policies for each respective data file of the monitored data, wherein the compliance map indicates vulnerabilities in the plurality of computing devices, determining whether the vulnerabilities are actionable, and in response to determining the vulnerabilities are actionable, requesting actions to be performed on the plurality of devices to remediate the vulnerabilities and non-compliance.

The patent application was filed on 2020-01-21 (16/747609).

Determining backup schedule based on data analysis and ML
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11354196) developed by Tormasov, Alexander, Moscow, Russia, Beloussov, Serguei, Costa del Sol, Singapore, and Protasov, Stanislav, Moscow, Russia, for “system and method of determining a backup schedule based on data analysis and machine learning.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “Disclosed herein are systems and method for determining a backup schedule on a computer system. In one exemplary aspect, a method may comprise collecting user behavior data on the computer system and analyzing the user behavior data to determine an optimal time of a backup session to create backup copies of modified data stored on a volume of the computer system. The method may comprise determining an optimal duration of the backup session based on the analyzed user behavior and prioritizing portions of the modified data based on priority rules. The method may comprise determining a prioritized portion of the modified data that can be saved during the backup session based on the duration, computer system hardware and network bandwidth at the optimal time of backup, and performing the backup session comprising the prioritized portion.

The patent application was filed on 2020-05-18 (16/876499).

Trusted data restoration and authentication
Acronis International GmbH, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (11334443) developed by Aseev, Eugene, Moscow Region, Russia, Chadwick, Michael, Chandler, AZ, Tormasov, Alexander, Protasov, Stanislav, Shmulevich, Mark, Moscow, Russia, and Beloussov, Serguei, Costa del Sol, Singapore, for “trusted data restoration and authentication.”

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: “A method and system for verified data restoration in storage systems is described. The method may include calculating a hash sum relating to initial data for storing in an archive and storing the data into the archive and storing the calculated initial hash sum into a blockchain network. The method may further include retrieving the data from the archive and calculating a retrieved hash sum of the retrieved data. The method may also include comparing the initial hash sum from the blockchain network with the retrieved hash sum. The method may additionally include restoring the data from the archive if the initial hash sum is equivalent to the retrieved hash sum.

The patent application was filed on 2018-01-11 (15/868349).

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