Sunil Cherukuri has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Abstract: An edge router (disposed between a packet-switched network and a label-switching network) is configured to receive an IKE message originating from a client on the Internet (e.g., packet-switched network) attempting to set up a tunnel. Upon receipt of the IKE message, the edge router utilizes a unique identifier in the IKE message to identify a virtual private network in the label-switching network. In lieu of terminating an IPSec tunnel at the edge router and performing a respective key exchange with the client, the edge router identifies a corresponding forwarding table associated with the virtual private network (identified by the unique identifier in the IKE message) and, based on the corresponding forwarding table, forwards the IKE message to a destination reachable via the label-switching network. The destination (e.g., a key server in a corresponding VPN) communicates with the client through the edge router to set up the tunnel.