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Initial setup of systems in a data center using smart mobile devices

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235052D
Publication Date: 2014-Feb-26
Document File: 5 page(s) / 53K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to provision or bring-up a newly shipped hardware device in a datacenter leveraging smart mobile devices and their capabilites to provide advanced and intelligent scenarios which are not possible using conventional means (USB, DVD keys etc).

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Initial setup of systems in a data center using smart mobile devices

A data center is comprised of different kinds of systems, henceforth called target hardware devices, like storage servers, compute servers, network switches, etc.

Some of the target hardware devices, when shipped from manufacturing to the customer site, require some very initial setup to bring the device up. This is usually contained/programmed in a portable storage media (like USB Flash Drive, DVD etc) which is also shipped from manufacturing to the customer site.

There are some problems with this initial setup process:


(a) With USB Flash Drive or DVD media based initial setup toolkits, there is a chance that the contents may be tampered.


(b) With USB Flash Drive or DVD media based initial setup toolkits, there is a chance that the contents may be misused, by an un-authorized person.


(c) USB Flash Drive or DVD media based setup toolkits can get delayed or lost or damaged during shipment.


(d) Date and time limits/windows cannot be imposed for activation/commissioning of the target hardware device. For instance, a special hardware may be meant to be commissioned only for Christmas season/month, but it is not possible to ensure that the initial setup toolkit for that target device is used only during that period.


(e) With USB Flash Drive or DVD media based setup toolkits, the privileges/features of the device to be commissioned are determined at the time of creation of the toolkit. Between then and the actual commissioning date of the device, no other privileges/features can be added/modified. Sometimes, this limitation may lead to loss of competitiveness against aggressive players in a quickly changing market place.


(f) With USB Flash Drive or DVD media based setup toolkits, it is not possible to include any defect fixes into the initial setup configuration toolkit, once it leaves the manufacturing site.


(g) With USB Flash Drive or DVD media based setup toolkits, it is not possible to perform geo-fencing,


i.e., restrict that a particular target hardware device can only be commissioned at a particular data center, determined by the geographical co-ordinates of the data center.


(h) With USB Flash Drive or DVD media based setup toolkits, it is not possible to automatically track the commissioning of device, i.e., automatically gather information like where, when, by whom, etc.

The solution presented in this disclosure can be quickly described like this: We can leverage a smart mobile device (like a Smart Phone) which can connect to the Internet through a wireless/mobile network on one hand, and can also connect to the target hardware device being commissioned through a USB cable on the other hand. This mobile device carries a secure application that does the following functions:


(a) Scan the serial number on the target hardware device using a bar code scanner application


(b) Securely connect to a server on the Internet through wireless/mobile network


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