07222147 is referenced by 166 patents and cites 36 patents.

The present invention provides a management system internal to a network device that sends various management data files and corresponding metadata files to a management system external to the network device. The external management system then uses the metadata files to process the management data files. As a result, the external management system dynamically learns how to manage a network device through the metadata files. Moreover, new types of management data files—perhaps corresponding to new hardware within the network device—may be sent from the internal management system to the external management system along with corresponding new metadata files and the external management system will be able to process the new management files without having to be re-booted or restarted. In addition, multiple network devices coupled with the external management system may send various different types of management data to the external management system and using the metadata files from each network device, the external management system will be able to process the various management data types. In one embodiment, the metadata files are JAVA class files.

Title
Processing network management data in accordance with metadata files
Application Number
9/637800
Publication Number
7222147 (B1)
Application Date
August 11, 2000
Publication Date
May 22, 2007
Inventor
Anne K Winiewicz
Lexington
MA, US
Darryl Black
Hollis
NH, US
Agent
Tyler S Brown
Lawrence A Baratta
Clements Walker
Assignee
CIENA Corporation
MD, US
IPC
G06F 15/173
G06F 15/16
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