Techniques for provisioning single or multistage networks using Ethernet Service Instances (ESIs). In one embodiment, an ESI is a logical entity or object that stores information that may be used to provision a network. An ESI may represent a logical entity that identifies a grouping of elements of a network or network device and associated attributes. Hierarchical relationships may be created between ESIs. The hierarchical relationships are used to perform packet-level processing including performing network packet encapsulations.

Title
PROVISIONING SINGLE OR MULTISTAGE NETWORKS USING ETHERNET SERVICE INSTANCES (ESIs)
Application Number
14/82546
Publication Number
20140233423 (A1)
Application Date
November 18, 2013
Publication Date
August 21, 2014
Assignee
Brocade Communications Systems
CA, US
IPC
H04L 12/24
H04L 12/713
H04L 12/933
H04L 12/46
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