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Best Practices for Inside Plant Infrastructure Management

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!

Inside Plant Floorplan with Cable Highlight
Inside Plant Floorplan with Cable Highlight

Infrastructure Spreadsheet Chaos

Does your organization use spreadsheets to try and maintain its cable plant?  Spreadsheets are useful tools, I agree, but is it the right tool to manage one of the most critical services in your organization? Yes, it is quick and easy and yes, it can log basic connectivity information, but it cannot properly manage the cable plant. Spreadsheets are standalone tools with no security, no structure, and no data entry standards. Comprehensive  cable plant management requires more than just tabular data entry; it comprises spatial data such as rack elevations and floorplans, plus:
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