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TMCNet:  Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for In-band Communication of Network Statistics over a FICON Network

[December 13, 2012]

Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for In-band Communication of Network Statistics over a FICON Network

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) By Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,270) developed by five co-inventors for an "in-band communication of network statistics over a FICON network." The co-inventors are Michael D. Blair, Cary, N.C., Praveen Jain, Cupertino, Calif., Cheyne Monroe Womble, Hillsborough, N.C., Glenn C. Ferris, Raleigh, N.C., and Mangesh Shingane, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment a method is provided for requesting and receiving network statistics in-band of a data replication exchange. The method includes receiving, at a switch, a request packet, initiated from a data replication system, for in-band delivery of network statistics, modifying the request packet to include a command that can be processed by a data storage device that is periodically accessed in connection with the data replication system, sending the request packet including the command to the data storage device, receiving from the peripheral device, in response to the request packet including the command, a response packet that includes data responsive to the command, deleting from a data field of the response packet the data responsive to the command and adding to the data field network statistics data available to the switch, and sending the response packet including the network statistics data to one of another switch or a host device from which the request packet was sent." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2010 (12/904,295). The full-text of the patent can be found at Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,31,270.PN.&OS=PN/83,31,270&RS=PN/83,31,270 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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