Network management system having virtual catalog overview of files distributively stored across network domain

  • US 5,495,607 A
  • Filed: 11/15/1993
  • Issued: 02/27/1996
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/15/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A network system comprising:

  • (a) a network-linking backbone;

    (b) a plurality of file-servers operatively coupled to the backbone for providing file-serving services over the backbone, each file server having a nonvolatile data storage device storing a plurality of data files, the respective data storage device of each file server further having a local catalog stored within said respective data storage device for identifying each file of the respective data storage device by name and storage location; and

    (c) a domain administrating server (DAS) operatively coupled to the backbone,wherein the DAS has a domain-wide virtual catalog containing copies of the file identifying information currently stored in the local catalogs of said plurality of file-servers,wherein the DAS has oversight means for overseeing and managing domain-wide activities including a transfer of file data from a first of the file servers to a second of the file servers, andwherein the oversight means consults the domain-wide virtual catalog to identify the location of a source file in said first file server from which said to-be-transferred file data is to be obtained.

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