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.
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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:
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Today’s enterprise CIO is hard pressed for allocating time and budget to address infrastructure management challenges. While appropriately defending their networks from security challenges, they are also well aware of the fragile state of configuration management. While many discovery solutions assist with real-time security, they often have limited or no connection to the needs of service, facility and asset managers who are struggling to answer basic questions including who, what, where, and when.
While these issues are faced, the enterprise is further challenged by increased requests for data, which has both accelerated servers and virtualization. Due to rising concerns for utility costs and cyber security constraints, data center consolidation and centralization of facilities and assets is well underway.
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