Here is another hot-of-the presses standards update: after
more than two years of development, the international standard for Automated
Infrastructure Management (ISO/IEC 18598
Information technology -- Automated infrastructure management (AIM) systems
-- Requirements, data exchange and applications) is now officially published.
The growing importance of AIM has already led the
industry’s standards-defining organizations to recommend the technology in a
variety of standards, but the ISO/IEC 18598 standard is the first one strictly
dedicated to AIM to specifically address its varied and powerful capabilities,
from connectivity management to integration with external systems and
The standard defines Automated
Infrastructure Management as an “integrated hardware and software system that
automatically detects the insertion or removal of cords, [and] documents the
cabling infrastructure including connected equipment enabling management of the
infrastructure and data exchange with other systems.”
AIM systems enable
personnel to see, manage and optimize the connected environment in real time,
enhancing the ability to:
- Plan and execute changes to the network
- Troubleshoot connectivity issues in real time
- Discover and track the location of connected
- Manage and monitor capacity and asset
One of the key aspects of ISO/IEC 18598 is the inclusion of
a common data exchange framework to enable interoperability and integration
with external systems.
To illustrate the capabilities of an AIM system, the ISO/IEC
18598 standard refers to intrinsic and extrinsic benefits, as listed below.
Intrinsic benefits are enabled by functionality within the
AIM system, and include:
- Accurate and
automatic documentation to replace error-plagued manual tracking
- Change management
to help reduce the cost of moves, adds and changes.
management that can decrease downtime and mean-time-to-resolution
management, that enables higher port utilization and improves planning
Extrinsic benefits are enabled with other systems by the use
of data exchange, and address:
systems: such as IP telephony management, helpdesk support and information
management systems: including energy management, lighting management, security
and access control.
Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)
Management Database (CMDB) applications
The publication of ISO/IEC 18598 acknowledges the growing
market momentum of AIM systems as well as the critical role AIM systems play in
the planning, administration, and growth of enterprise networks. The
publication also provides guidance those responsible for specifying an AIM
solution, providing a common specification that will enable broader market
adoption of AIM in buildings and data centers.
For more information on AIM technology and the ISO/IEC 18598
standards, download and read CommScope’s recently released white paper: The business benefits of automated infrastructure management
in connected and efficient buildings.