If you’ve ever seen a busy data center, you know that some type of data center infrastructure management is necessary.
A data center’s connections can seem endless. The sheer amount of cable used can be breathtaking, and the number of patch panels deployed can quickly reach into the hundreds, with port counts reaching several thousand. And patch cords? They’re everywhere! Tracing one end to the other would require the sharpest eye and lots of patience.
Now imagine if every connection, port and patch cord in that data center were documented in an Excel spreadsheet. If you needed to make a change or find capacity for new connections, you’d have to e-mail the owner of the spreadsheet. Housing this information in a spreadsheet exposes it to the potential for human error:
Luckily, data center managers now have a number of options for turning a once very manual, error-prone process into one that is efficient and intelligently managed. Whether it’s a DCIM, AIM, IIMS, IPLMS or intelligent patching solution, these solutions all strive for one goal: to provide a real-time view of the network to quickly identify incidents, automate routine tasks and help managers better understand capacity. They can also help managers better monitor network security and reduce energy consumption through optimum density mapping.
Here is a handy translation for these data center management acronyms:
When a data center management solution is implemented, data center managers benefit from a more informed team. Work orders are delivered in real-time with precise information so routine tasks and issues are handled exactly when they need to be – there’s no more guesswork about which ports need managing. The uptime savings add up quickly, allowing the system to pay for itself in no time. It also eliminates the hassle of maintaining a cumbersome spreadsheet that must be manually updated after every change.
You can count on Belden’s expertise to help you find the right data center management solution. Feel free to schedule a call with one of our data center experts!
Kristen is the Vice President/General Manager of Belden Industrial Cyber Security. She has previously held the role of Vice President of Marketing for the Enterprise Platform and before that worked within the product line management team and Mohawk brand. She started with Belden as a summer intern in 2010 and joined full time in 2011. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities with family and two Australian Shepherds.