This blog post is part of a series called “CommScope
Definitions,” in which we will explain common terms in
communications network infrastructure.
start by clarifying that we are talking about AIM in the context of an
intelligent building or in a state-of-the-art data center. Obviously, the term AIM
has various meanings; however, in the world of connectivity, AIM is an acronym
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope's LeaAnn Carl provides you the definition of AIM.
has been around a while and relates to:
- Guided patching
- Smart panels
September 2010, the industry converged on the term AIM when it was introduced
into TIA 606-B
Then, in early 2016, it was ratified into ISO/IEC 18598.
to the TIA standard, AIM means: Integrated hardware and software system that
automatically detects the insertion or removal of cords, documents the cabling
infrastructure including connected equipment enabling management of the
infrastructure and data exchange with other systems.
there is often some confusion between AIM and DCIM (Data Center
Infrastructure Management). DCIM is a generic term used to define any process,
product or solution that is used to manage a data center. While features vary
from product to product, DCIM typically includes some aspect of power, cooling
and overall physical infrastructure management (i.e., facilities and IT). When
you compare AIM with DCIM, AIM accurately documents the physical network
infrastructure including all cabling and connectivity.
covered at a high level “what” AIM is; now, let me explain “why” it is. Networks
are becoming more complicated. As IT professionals, we are fighting security
issues, complexity, pressure to reduce operational costs and are being asked
simultaneously to improve both efficiency and performance. The bottom line is
that you can’t accurately manage or optimize anything that you don’t fully understand.
Internet of Things devices become
more popular, making buildings and data centers smarter, it is becoming
important to map out the physical infrastructure to properly manage it. New and
emerging technologies like Artificial
Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality are all going to
need detailed, accurate data management so that they can become useful as tools
to promote operational efficiency and cost savings.
to know more about AIM? Blake Van Scoy will be presenting on AIM at Futureland in Milan, Italy on November 15-16, 2018.