In one embodiment, a computer-implemented method of managing a virtual local area network (VLAN) domain associated with a network is provided. In this embodiment, the method comprises: defining a VLAN domain comprising a list of a plurality of connectively coupled ports of the network associated with the VLAN domain; and assigning at least one VLAN associated with the plurality of connectively coupled ports. In another embodiment, a system for managing virtual local area networks (VLANs) in a network is provided. In this embodiment, the system comprises a network provisioning module for defining a VLAN domain comprising a list of a plurality of connectively coupled ports of the network associated with the VLAN domain and assigning at least one VLAN associated with the plurality of connectively coupled ports. The system further comprises a a network monitoring system operable to gather actual network element configuration data from a plurality of network elements associated with one or more VLAN domains, wherein the actual network element configuration data identifies one or more VLANs that at least some of the plurality of network elements are actually allocated to; and a VLAN services module operable to correlate the actual network element configuration data with administrative VLAN data. The administrative VLAN data identifies one or more VLANs recognized by a business process. In one particular embodiment, the system is further operable to determine one or more VLANs that are not commonly identified in both the actual network element configuration data and the administrative VLAN data.

Title
Managing Virtual Local Area Network Domains
Application Number
12/970930
Publication Number
20110149800
Application Date
December 16, 2010
Publication Date
June 23, 2011
Inventor
James Dwyer
Dallas
TX, US
Jerry Cox
Westminster
CO, US
Michael Renner
Englewood
CO, US
Marcus Hadavi
Denver
CO, US
James Ryan
Littleton
CO, US
Assignee
Level 3 Communications
CO, US
IPC
H04L 12/28
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