Patent Number: 7,043,499

Title: Method and apparatus for accessing a database through a network

Abstract: A system includes a client which can communicate through a network and a database layer with any of several databases. The client communicates with the database layer using a public network communication protocol, in a manner independent of respective protocols specific to each of the databases. The database layer handles communication with each database according to the respective protocol of that database.

Inventors: Nelson; Mark R. (Plano, TX), Sanders; Jeffery A. (Plano, TX), Treece; Alan W. (Carrollton, TX), Forsythe; William C. (Frisco, TX), Luther; Clay W. (Dallas, TX)

Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 17/30 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/09/02018