Patent Number: 6,170,009

Title: Controlling devices on a network through policies

Abstract: A system that facilitates control over a group of devices coupled to a network. This system allows an operator to specify a policy for controlling a group of devices. This policy is automatically translated into lower-level device-specific commands, which are sent to the devices across the network. The system additionally provides a mechanism for continuous monitoring and control of the devices. Thus, one embodiment of the present invention provides a system for controlling devices on a network. This system operates by receiving a request to define a policy for controlling the devices. In response to the request, the system creates a policy object specifying actions of the devices to implement the policy, and stores the policy object in a memory. Next, the system associates the policy object with devices from the network, and controls these associated devices automatically according to actions specified in the policy object. In one embodiment of the present invention, during creation of the policy object, the system translates the policy into device-specific commands for controlling the devices on the network, and associates the device-specific commands with the policy object.

Inventors: Mandal; Kallol (Fremont, CA), Poggio; Andrew A. (Palo Alto, CA), Bressler; Robert D. (Los Altos Hills, CA)


International Classification: H04L 12/24 (20060101); G06F 013/14 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018