Patents by Inventor Andrew P. Davis

Andrew P. Davis has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10296494
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for managing a global namespace for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in a cloud storage system; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and each cloud controller caches portions of the distributed filesystem. Furthermore, a global namespace for the distributed filesystem is also split across these cloud controllers, with each cloud controller “owning” (e.g., managing write accesses for) a distinct portion of the global namespace and maintaining a set of namespace mappings that indicate which portion of the namespace is assigned to each cloud controller. During operation, an initial cloud controller receives a request from a client system to access a target file in the distributed system. This initial cloud controller uses the namespace mappings for the global namespace to determine a preferred cloud controller that will handle the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Davis, Richard Sharpe, Allan Burrington
  • Patent number: 10168912
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for optimizing caching performance for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and cloud controllers cache portions of the distributed filesystem on hard drives with rotating disk platters. The outside portions of these disk platters have higher I/O bandwidth than the inside portions of the disk platters. During operation, a cloud controller determines that a hot subset of cached data is likely to be accessed frequently by clients, and stores this hot subset to an outside portion of a disk platter. The cloud controller further determines that a cold subset of cache data is less likely to be accessed by clients, and stores the cold subset on an inside portion of a disk platter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Davis, John Richard Taylor
  • Publication number: 20180025025
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for managing a global namespace for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in a cloud storage system; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and each cloud controller caches portions of the distributed filesystem. Furthermore, a global namespace for the distributed filesystem is also split across these cloud controllers, with each cloud controller “owning” (e.g., managing write accesses for) a distinct portion of the global namespace and maintaining a set of namespace mappings that indicate which portion of the namespace is assigned to each cloud controller. During operation, an initial cloud controller receives a request from a client system to access a target file in the distributed system. This initial cloud controller uses the namespace mappings for the global namespace to determine a preferred cloud controller that will handle the request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Applicant: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Davis, Richard Sharpe, Allan Burrington
  • Patent number: 9852149
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for transferring and caching a cloud file in a cloud controller. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers cache and ensure data consistency for the stored data. During operation, a cloud controller receives a client request for a data block of a target file that is stored in the distributed filesystem but not currently cached in the cloud controller. The cloud controller initiates a request to a cloud storage system for a cloud file containing the requested data block. While receiving the cloud file from the cloud storage system, the cloud controller uses a set of block metadata in the portion of the cloud file that has already been received to determine the portions of the cloud file that should be downloaded to and cached in the cloud controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou, Andrew P. Davis
  • Patent number: 9824095
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that uses overlay metadata in a cloud controller to generate incremental snapshots for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems. More specifically, the cloud controllers cache and ensure data consistency for the data stored in the cloud storage systems, with each cloud controller maintaining a metadata hierarchy that reflects the current state of the distributed filesystem. During operation, a cloud controller receiving new data from a client: (1) stores the new data in the cloud controller; (2) creates a metadata entry for the new data in the locally maintained metadata hierarchy; (3) updates the overlay metadata to point to the metadata entry and the new data stored in the cloud controller; and (4) then uses the overlay metadata to generate an incremental snapshot for the new data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou, Andrew P. Davis
  • Patent number: 9811532
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for executing a cloud command for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and each cloud controller caches portions of the distributed filesystem. During operation, a cloud controller presents a distributed-filesystem-specific capability to a client system as a file in the distributed filesystem (e.g., using a file abstraction). Upon receiving a request from the client system to access and/or operate upon this file, the client controller executes an associated cloud command. More specifically, the cloud controller initiates a specially-defined operation that accesses additional functionality for the distributed filesystem that exceeds the scope of individual reads and writes to a typical data file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: PANZURA, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Christopher Parkison, Andrew P. Davis, John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou
  • Patent number: 9804928
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for restoring an archived file in a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and each cloud controller caches portions of the distributed filesystem. Furthermore, cloud controllers may archive infrequently-accessed files in an archival cloud storage system. During operation, a cloud controller receives a request from a client system to access an archived file, and restores this archived file from the archival cloud storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Davis, Brian Christopher Parkison, John Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 9805056
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for synchronizing file updates between two cloud controllers of a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in the cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and each cloud controller caches portions of the distributed filesystem. During operation, a cloud controller receives a request from a client to access a file in the distributed filesystem. The cloud controller sends a synchronization update request for the file to a second cloud controller and in response receives a synchronization update for the file from the second cloud controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: PANZURA, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Christopher Parkison, Andrew P. Davis, John Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 9805054
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for managing a global namespace for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in a cloud storage system; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and each cloud controller caches portions of the distributed filesystem. Furthermore, a global namespace for the distributed filesystem is also split across these cloud controllers, with each cloud controller “owning” (e.g., managing write accesses for) a distinct portion of the global namespace and maintaining a set of namespace mappings that indicate which portion of the namespace is assigned to each cloud controller. During operation, an initial cloud controller receives a request from a client system to access a target file in the distributed system. This initial cloud controller uses the namespace mappings for the global namespace to determine a preferred cloud controller that will handle the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: PANZURA, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Davis, Richard Sharpe, Allan Burrington
  • Patent number: 9792298
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for managing metadata and data storage for a cloud controller in a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems. More specifically, the cloud controllers cache and ensure data consistency for the data stored in the cloud storage systems, with each cloud controller maintaining (e.g., storing) in a local storage device: (1) one or more metadata regions containing a metadata hierarchy that reflects the current state of the distributed filesystem; and (2) cached data for the distributed filesystem. During operation, the cloud controller receives an incremental metadata snapshot that references new data written to the distributed filesystem. The cloud controller stores updated metadata from this incremental metadata snapshot in one of the metadata regions on the local storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou, Andrew P. Davis
  • Publication number: 20170235485
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for optimizing caching performance for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and cloud controllers cache portions of the distributed filesystem on hard drives with rotating disk platters. The outside portions of these disk platters have higher I/O bandwidth than the inside portions of the disk platters. During operation, a cloud controller determines that a hot subset of cached data is likely to be accessed frequently by clients, and stores this hot subset to an outside portion of a disk platter. The cloud controller further determines that a cold subset of cache data is less likely to be accessed by clients, and stores the cold subset on an inside portion of a disk platter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Publication date: August 17, 2017
    Applicant: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Davis, John Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 9679040
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide techniques for performing deduplication for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers cache and ensure data consistency for the stored data. During operation, a cloud controller receives an incremental metadata snapshot that references new data that was added to the distributed filesystem by a remote cloud controller. The cloud controller extracts a set of deduplication information from this incremental metadata snapshot. Upon receiving a subsequent client write request (e.g., a file write that includes one or more data blocks), the cloud controller uses the extracted deduplication information to determine that one or more data blocks in the client write request have already been written to the distributed filesystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANZURA, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Davis, John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou
  • Patent number: 9678968
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for deleting a file from a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers store metadata for the distributed filesystem, and cache and ensure data consistency for the data stored in the cloud storage systems. During operation, a cloud controller receives a request from a client to delete a file from the distributed filesystem. The cloud controller updates a user view of the distributed filesystem to present the appearance of the target file being deleted to the client, and then initiates a background deletion operation to delete the target file without negatively affecting the performance of the other users of the distributed filesystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANZURA, INC.
    Inventors: John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou, Andrew P. Davis
  • Patent number: 9678981
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that adjusts the characteristics of a distributed filesystem using a locality policy. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers cache and ensure data consistency for the stored data. During operation, a cloud controller receives a locality policy that specifies one or more management policies for the cloud controller. The portion of the distributed filesystem's data that is managed, created, and/or cached at the cloud controller is then managed based on this locality policy. Locality policies facilitate customizing and optimizing data management for the distributed filesystem to fit the needs of an organization (e.g., specific sets of users, applications, and/or datasets).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: PANZURA, INC.
    Inventors: John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou, Andrew P. Davis
  • Patent number: 9613064
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques that facilitate the recovery of a virtual machine using a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and each cloud controller caches portions of the distributed filesystem in a local storage pool. During operation, a host server executes program instructions for an application in a virtual machine (VM); data associated with this application and/or this virtual machine is stored in the distributed filesystem. Upon detecting a subsequent failure, the system can recover and resume the execution of the virtual machine and application using the previous application and virtual machine data that was stored in the distributed filesystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: PANZURA, INC.
    Inventors: Randy Yen-pang Chou, John Richard Taylor, Andrew P. Davis
  • Publication number: 20150370827
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments disclose techniques for synchronizing file updates between two cloud controllers of a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in the cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers ensure data consistency for the stored data, and each cloud controller caches portions of the distributed filesystem. During operation, a cloud controller receives a request from a client to access a file in the distributed filesystem. The cloud controller sends a synchronization update request for the file to a second cloud controller and in response receives a synchronization update for the file from the second cloud controller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Publication date: December 24, 2015
    Inventors: Brian Christopher Parkison, Andrew P. Davis, John Richard Taylor
  • Patent number: 8805968
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that archives data for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers cache and ensure data consistency for the stored data. During operation, a cloud controller receives a request from a client for a data block of a file stored in the distributed filesystem. Upon determining that the requested data block is not currently cached in the cloud controller, the cloud controller sends a peer cache request for the requested data block to a peer cloud controller in the distributed filesystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou, Andrew P. Davis
  • Patent number: 8805967
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that distributes data for a distributed filesystem across multiple cloud storage systems. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers cache and ensure data consistency for the stored data. Whenever each cloud controller receives new data from a client, it outputs an incremental metadata snapshot for the new data that is propagated to the other cloud controllers and an incremental data snapshot containing the new data that is sent to a cloud storage system. During operation, a backup cloud controller associated with the distributed filesystem is also configured to receive each (incremental) metadata snapshot, such that, upon determining the failure of a cloud controller, the backup cloud controller can immediately begin receiving data requests from clients associated with the failed cloud controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou, Andrew P. Davis
  • Patent number: 8799414
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that archives data for a distributed filesystem. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers cache and ensure data consistency for the stored data. During operation, a cloud controller determines that a cloud file in a previously stored data snapshot is no longer being actively referenced in the distributed filesystem. The cloud controller transfers this cloud file from the (first) cloud storage system to an archival cloud storage system, thereby reducing storage costs while preserving the data in the cloud file in case it is ever needed again.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou, Andrew P. Davis
  • Patent number: 8799413
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that distributes data for a distributed filesystem across multiple cloud storage systems. Two or more cloud controllers collectively manage distributed filesystem data that is stored in one or more cloud storage systems; the cloud controllers cache and ensure data consistency for the stored data. Whenever each cloud controller receives new data from a client, it outputs an incremental metadata snapshot for the new data that is propagated to the other cloud controllers and an incremental data snapshot containing the new data that is sent to a cloud storage system. During operation, data stored in the distributed filesystem can be distributed across two or more cloud storage systems to optimize performance and/or cost for the distributed filesystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Panzura, Inc.
    Inventors: John Richard Taylor, Randy Yen-pang Chou, Andrew P. Davis