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Patent Issued for Local Externally Accessible Managed Virtual Network Interface Controller

August 26, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- A patent by the inventors Dube, Shawn Joel (Austin, TX); Lambert, Timothy M. (Austin, TX), filed on October 19, 2009, was published online on August 12, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8805983 is assigned to Dell Products L.P. (Round Rock, TX).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present disclosure relates generally to information handling systems, and more particularly to an IHS virtual network interface controller system.

"As the value and use of information continues to increase, individuals and businesses seek additional ways to process and store information. One option is an information handling system (IHS). An IHS generally processes, compiles, stores, and/or communicates information or data for business, personal, or other purposes. Because technology and information handling needs and requirements may vary between different applications, IHSs may also vary regarding what information is handled, how the information is handled, how much information is processed, stored, or communicated, and how quickly and efficiently the information may be processed, stored, or communicated. The variations in IHSs allow for IHSs to be general or configured for a specific user or specific use such as financial transaction processing, airline reservations, enterprise data storage, or global communications. In addition, IHSs may include a variety of hardware and software components that may be configured to process, store, and communicate information and may include one or more computer systems, data storage systems, and networking systems.

"One type of IHS is a server IHS. The server IHS management Industry generally offers many tools and methods for remote server interactions by administrators/technicians. However, local server interactions, such as those at the server, but external to the chassis of the server and those interactions using a host operating system to a baseboard management controller (BMC), come with numerous compromise tradeoffs with less functionality. For example, local interaction with a server IHS is generally performed using a front control panel having very few interaction buttons, indicator lights and a small liquid-crystal display (LCD). Accordingly, local interaction with the server is slow and very limited in functionality. Therefore, it is desirable to improve local server interactions in easy, standards based, cost effective, easy to understand, extensible, scalable, fully secure ways that minimize research & development and create more commonality between local and remote interactions.

"Accordingly, it is desirable to provide an improved IHS virtual network interface controller system."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "According to one embodiment, an information handling system (IHS) includes a processing system operating as a controller. A network interface controller is coupled to the processing system and receives communications from a remote administrator via a management network. An external virtual device link is coupled to the processing system."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Dube, Shawn Joel; Lambert, Timothy M.. Local Externally Accessible Managed Virtual Network Interface Controller. U.S. Patent Number 8805983, filed October 19, 2009, and published online on August 12, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Dell Products L.P., Information Technology, Information and Data Storage.

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Source: Information Technology Newsweekly

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