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Generating a Graphical Representation of at Least a Portion of a Synchronized Network Model

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198127D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-26

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Abstract

A system, method, and computer program product are provided for generating a graphical representation of at least a portion of a synchronized network model. In use, a network model of a network is identified. Additionally, an inventory model of the network is identified. Further, the network model and the inventory model are synchronized to identify differences between the network model and the inventory model. Moreover, a graphical representation of a variant model associated with the network is generated, utilizing the differences between the network model and the inventory model, where the variant model includes the network model with the differences between the network model and the inventory model.

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SYSTEM, METHOD, AND COMPUTER PROGRAM FOR GENERATING A GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF AT LEAST A PORTION OF A SYNCHRONIZED NETWORK MODEL

Field of the Invention

[0001]           The present invention relates to network models, and more particularly to synchronizing network models.

Background

[0002]           Network models have generally included representations of objects in a network.  Accordingly, synchronization of these network models has traditionally been provided for determining differences in various network models, such that the differences in the objects represented by such network models may be identified.  Unfortunately, current techniques utilized for presenting results of network model synchronizations have exhibited various limitations. 

[0003]           Just by way of example, results generated from synchronization of network models have conventionally been presented as a textual list describing differences between the network models.  Users have therefore generally been required to read and understand the words describing the differences between the network models in order to determine a desired course of action to be taken with respect to the network models.  There is thus a need for addressing these and/or other issues associated with the prior art.

SUMMARY

[0004]           A system, method, and computer program product are provided for generating a graphical representation of at least a portion of a synchronized network model.  In use, a network model of a network is identified.  Additionally, an inventory model of the network is identified.  Further, the network model and the inventory model are synchronized to identify differences between the network model and the inventory model.  Moreover, a graphical representation of a variant model associated with the network is generated, utilizing the differences between the network model and the inventory model, where the variant model includes the network model with the differences between the network model and the inventory model.

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Brief Description of the Drawings

[0005]           Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture, in accordance with one possible embodiment. 

[0006]           Figure 2 illustrates an exemplary system, in accordance with one embodiment.

[0007]           Figure 3 illustrates a method for generating a graphical representation of at least a portion of a synchronized network model, in accordance with another embodiment.

[0008]           Figure 4 illustrates a method for generating a graphical representation of at least a portion of a network model synchronized with an operational context, in accordance with yet another embodiment.

[0009]           Figure 5 illustrates a method for updating a network model utilizing one of a plurality of graphical representations, each representative of a different representation of a synchronized network model, in accordance with yet another embodiment.

[0010]           Figure 6 illustrates a method for designing a change to a network utilizing...