System and method for network management of local area networks having non-blocking network switches configured for switching data packets between subnetworks based on management policies

  • US 6,718,379 B1
  • Filed: 06/09/2000
  • Issued: 04/06/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/09/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • outputting from a policy server a policy message specifying a prescribed network management policy;

    receiving the policy message by a network switch system configured for switching data packets in a local area network;

    first generating, in the network switch system, a switching action that specifies a prescribed switching operation to be performed by the network switch system for a corresponding prescribed data packet based on the received policy message;

    second generating, in the network switch system, at least one template configured for identifying the prescribed data packet from data packets received from the local area network; and

    selectively switching the data packets received from the local area network, by the network switch system, based on the received policy message.

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