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Ethernet port to port connection identification

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000236863D
Publication Date: 2014-May-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 18K

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Abstract

Disclosed is addressing the problem of wrong connection of cable after maintenance and providing a mechanism to notify operator about configuration change.

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Ethernet port to port connection identification

Addressing the problem of wrong connection of cable after maintenance and providing a mechanism to notify operator about configuration change is disclosed.

The problem 1
- There are multiple Ethernet/fiber channel cables connect to a server computer.

- When the server needs service, users unplug all the cables. After install the server back, users need to plug each cable back to its port.

- Without visual indicator, there is big risk for users to plug cable in wrong ports. Thus the server ports will be connect to the wrong VLAN/Zoning. This might cause Ethernet traffic problem or application system error as data goes to the wrong destination.

- Applicable servers: rack-mounted server on fixed rail, and so on.

The problem 2
- For some servers, not all the network ports are connected with cables.

- When one Ethernet/fiber channel cable is disconnected accidentally, it is very hard to know which port it connects to.

- It usually cause a large area investigation in the datacenter to find out the correct port.

Existing solution
- The popular way to match the cable and the port is to apply a label on each cable.

- This method is manual, time-consuming and can not adopt to the change making on the infrastructure easily.

- The reality is not all the customers do the labeling, but all of them need a solution to match the cable and port.

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