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ESCALATING AWARENESS OF LICENSING VIOLATIONS AND TECHNIQUE FOR STRICT LICENSING OF NETWORK ELEMENT FEATURES

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000248964D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-24
Document File: 9 page(s) / 751K

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Abstract

The present disclosure provides end users, service providers, network operators, etc. escalating levels of notification in regards to licensing violations within their infrastructure, network, network equipment, etc. As networks can include thousands or more network elements, the escalating license violation notification provides the operators as clear view as to which network elements need licensing attention most urgently. Further, the escalating license violation notification provides vendors, manufacturers, etc. an ability to restrict the enablement of new functionality on network elements that have reached a specific notification level. The present disclosure further decouples a customer's network deployment operational model from the typical "waterfall" requirements of using strictly licensed features.

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ESCALATING AWARENESS OF LICENSING VIOLATIONS AND TECHNIQUE FOR STRICT LICENSING OF NETWORK ELEMENT FEATURES

ABSTRACT

The present disclosure provides end users, service providers, network operators, etc. escalating levels of notification in regards to licensing violations within their infrastructure, network, network equipment, etc.  As networks can include thousands or more network elements, the escalating license violation notification provides the operators as clear view as to which network elements need licensing attention most urgently.  Further, the escalating license violation notification provides vendors, manufacturers, etc. an ability to restrict the enablement of new functionality on network elements that have reached a specific notification level.  The present disclosure further decouples a customer’s network deployment operational model from the typical “waterfall” requirements of using strictly licensed features.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

Again, in various exemplary embodiments, the present disclosure provides end users, service providers, network operators, etc. escalating levels of notification in regards to licensing violations within their infrastructure, network, network equipment, etc.  As networks can include thousands or more network elements, the escalating license violation notification provides the operators as clear view as to which network elements need licensing attention most urgently.  Further, the escalating license violation notification provides vendors, manufacturers, etc. an ability to restrict the enablement of new functionality on network elements that have reached a specific notification level.  For example, network elements with the highest level of escalation (e.g., a critical alarm) could be subject to strictly enforced licensing only where pre-authorized licensing is disabled until the existing licensing violations are resolved.

Current licensing systems provide permissive licensing, that allows users to use some piece of functionality, and resolve the licensing violation afterward.  They provide only a single type of notification for a license violation, regardless of the quantity, or age of the violations.  Within known solutions, attention cannot be drawn to equipment in greater need of licenses, and licensing cannot be restricted once license thresholds have been crossed (quantity or time).

This present disclosure provides a mechanism to provide customers (end users, service providers, network operators, etc.) with escalating levels of notification in regards to licensing violations within their infrastructure (networks, network elements, etc.).  This mechanism can be implemented in a Network Element (NE) such as, without limitation, a Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) NE, an optical switch or cross-connect, an Optical Transport Network (OTN) NE, a Multiservice Provisioning Platform (MSPP), a Packet Optical Transport System (POTS), a switch or router, or the like.  That is, t...