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Method and Procedure for Analyzing, Mapping, and Rapidly Provisioning Network Facilities to Improve Business Resiliency

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000234097D
Publication Date: 2014-Jan-10
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

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Abstract

Disclosed are a method and procedure for analyzing, mapping, and rapidly provisioning network facilities. This invention relies on establishing a command communication link between a central server and a variety of heterogeneous targets in the source network. The collecting server gathers data over a communications link, eliminating the need for intrusive technology and allowing collection with minimal disruption to a working network.

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Method and Procedure for Analyzing , Mapping, and Rapidly Provisioning Network Facilities to Improve Business Resiliency

Provisioning recovery networks is a slow and complex process, which usually entails the use of expensive proprietary software that does not allow rapid mapping and re-provisioning in an emergency. Conventional methods rely on exchange and archiving of network diagrams in either paper or electronic form, with human beings responsible for ensuring compatibility between a user's current network and a recovery (backup) network in the event major components of the current network are compromised or destroyed.

Current vendor solutions do not allow for interoperability of discovery tools in a multi-vendor environment (across brands), and are expensive. Non-specific tools rely on methods that introduce significant software footprints into the source environment.

This invention allows the rapid enumeration of the current network with a non-invasive client, a lower cost, and a smaller software footprint than alternative (proprietary) technologies. Because it is expressed in a standard language, the enumeration does not depend on vendor proprietary implementations. The expression of requirements can then be transported to a recovery service provider. That recovery service provider may employ a variety of tools to analyze the expression, and then initiate the creation of configurations and deliverables under program control, thus saving much time and money.

This invention relies on establishing a command communication link between a central server and a variety of heterogeneous targets in the source netw...