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Inventory acquisition of distributed device components and component associations within a virtual fabric.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239323D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 23K

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Abstract

Described is the inventory acquisition of distributed device components and component associations within a virtual fabric.

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Inventory acquisition of distributed device components and component associations within a virtual fabric .

Development of management software for network and storage devices includes the difficult task of accumulating information pertaining to the inventory of numerous device components as well as the equally difficult task of determining the associations that such components have with each other. As devices, themselves, become more complex, such as multi-function devices, etc., as well as their ability to be provisioned for large-scale fabrics that span multiple physical cards, systems, and chassis, the need for accurate and well-performing accounting methods is crucial. Consider a fabric supported by numerous physical devices that span across many cards, chassis, and racks. Any feature that lends itself to a simple means of providing accurate and efficient accounting of the fabric's distributed components from a single and dynamic management access point is quite valuable.

    The means for acquiring complete inventory of all device components supporting network and storage fabrics coupled with the ability to provide accurate details regarding associations of such components, as proposed herein, is one such feature that makes this possible. Once collected, management software can immediately begin to act on inventory information and rapidly provide the ability to manage it for the provisioning of networks within the fabric. The overhead of accessing multiple access points to accumulate inventory from multiple devices as well as the error-prone process of determining how such components are associated are alleviated by the solution.

    The invention involves the establishment of internal administrative domains within the fabric. Inventory of components within each administrative domain is detected and accumulated by a management controller for the domain. Inventory is then gathered and pooled into a common data store for the fabric. A single external manag...