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1. (WO2016200495) SYSTÈME RÉFÉRENT POUR LES DISPOSITIFS D'UN RÉSEAU NFV
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CLAIMS

What is claimed is:

1. A network device, comprising:

a processor; and

a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:

executing a network function according to a network functions virtualization protocol that defines rules relating to functions of network devices of a network being provided in a virtual environment generated by the network device; and

associating the network function with referent identifier data of a referent system, wherein the referent identifier data comprises:

device data that identifies the network device relative to equipment other than the network device associated with the network; and

reference data indicative of the equipment associated with the network.

2. The network device of claim 1 , wherein the referent identifier data is indicative of a physical location of the network device and the equipment.

3. The network device of claim 1, wherein the operations further comprise determining move data indicative of a move associated with the network function.

4. The network device of claim 3, wherein the move associated with the network function relates to transferring execution of the network function from the network device to another network device and updating the referent identifier data in accordance with information indicative of a physical location of the other network device.

5. The network device of claim 3, wherein the move associated with the network function relates a change in a physical location associated with the network device that is executing the network function and updating the referent identifier data in accordance with information indicative of the change of the physical location of the network device.

6. The network device of claim 1, wherein the equipment comprises a floor structure associated with a floor identifier of a building structure and the floor structure comprising a group of devices associated with the network, the equipment comprises an aisle structure comprising a group of devices associated with the network, the equipment comprises a bay structure comprising a group of devices associated with the network, or the equipment comprises a shelf structure comprising a group of devices associated with the network.

7. The network device of claim 1, wherein the reference data and the device data represent non-unique identifiers within the referent system.

8. The network device of claim 1, wherein the referent identifier data, comprising a combination of the reference data and the device data, represents a unique identifier within the referent system.

9. The network device of claim 1, wherein the operations further comprise facilitating transmission of status data to a monitoring device in response to a determination that the network device has spare computing capacity, and wherein the status data comprises the referent identifier data and indicates the network device has spare computing capacity.

10. The network device of claim 1, wherein the operations further comprise facilitating transmission of status data to a monitoring device in response to a determination that the network device requires maintenance, and wherein the status data comprises the referent identifier data and indicates the network device requires maintenance.

11. A monitoring device, comprising:

a processor; and

a memory that stores executable instructions that, when executed by the processor, facilitate performance of operations, comprising:

receiving status data from a network device configured to execute a network function according to a network functions virtualization protocol that defines rules relating to functions of network devices of a network being provided in a virtual environment instantiated by the network device;

receiving referent identifier data indicative of a referent system, wherein the referent identifier data comprises device data that identifies the network device relative to equipment, other than the device, associated with the network and reference data that identifies the equipment associated with the network; and

determining location data indicative of a physical location of the network device based on the referent identifier data.

12. The monitoring device of claim 11, wherein the reference data is indicative of a physical location of the equipment and the equipment comprises: a floor structure associated with a floor identifier of a building structure, wherein the floor structure comprising a first group of devices associated with the network, an aisle structure comprising a second group of devices associated with the network, a bay structure comprising a third group of devices associated with the network, or a shelf structure comprising a fourth group of devices associated with the network.

13. The monitoring device of claim 11, wherein the operations further comprise receiving move data indicative of a move associated with the network function and updating the location data in accordance with the move data.

14. The monitoring device of claim 11, wherein the operations further comprise receiving move request data indicative of a request to change a physical location associated with the network function and determining target location data indicative of a target for the change of the physical location based on the referent system.

15. The monitoring device of claim 11, wherein the reference data and the device data are, within the referent system, non-unique identifiers and the referent identifier data, comprising a combination of the reference data and the device data, is, within the referent system, a unique identifier.

16. The monitoring device of claim 11, wherein the operations further comprise transmitting a spare capacity message that indicates a first device has spare capacity, and wherein the first device is identified by the referent system and is at a physical location defined by the referent system.

17. The monitoring device of claim 11, wherein the operations further comprise transmitting a maintenance message that indicates a first device potentially requires service, and wherein the first device is identified by the referent system and is at a physical location defined by the referent system.

18. A method, comprising:

executing, by a device comprising a processor, a network function according to a network functions virtualization protocol that defines rules relating to functions of network devices of a network being provided in a virtual environment constructed by the device;

receiving, by the processor, a first portion of referent identifier data associated with a referent system, wherein the first portion comprises

reference data that identifies equipment of the network other than the device;

receiving, by the processor, a second portion of the referent identifier data comprising device data that identifies the device relative to the

equipment; and

associating, by the device, the network function with referent identifier data.

19. The method of claim 18, further comprising facilitating, by the device, transmission of status data to a monitoring device in response to a determination that the device has spare computing capacity, wherein the status data comprises the referent identifier data and indicates the device has spare computing capacity.

20. The method of claim 18, further comprising facilitating, by the device, transmission of status data to a monitoring device in response to a determination that the device requires service, wherein the status data comprises the referent identifier data and indicates the device requires service.