Are you tracking your passive IT infrastructure assets?
Comprehensive IT infrastructure management includes tracking both the active and passive* components.
Active equipment, from a documentation standpoint, is much more likely to already be tracked within an organization’s property system. Active devices are typically much more expensive, and as such are afforded a spotlight in most IT asset management planning scenarios. For the purpose of thorough infrastructure documentation, however, passive equipment shouldn’t be left behind.
Managing cable plant is simplified with consistent identification standards for rooms, racks, panels, faceplates, and network hardware. It is best practice to use the recommendations outlined the EIA/TIA606B naming standards guide. Using this approach to identify hardware, ports and cables throughout the cable plant infrastructure helps to easily pinpoint a device’s location and connection during maintenance or in emergency situations.
As an example, a faceplate may have a structure similar to:
Planet recently published our guide to Best Practices for Inside Plant Administration and Oversight. We’ve built a process that Planet consultants have used time and again to help clients manage their Inside Plant IT Infrastructure data. The document gives a general methodology to define goals, assemble teams, gather and normalize data, implement Infrastructure Management software, and create a process to maintain current and accurate records. Enjoy!