How Does Your Organization Optimize and Manage Its Cabling and Connectivity Infrastructure?

John Short John Short September 24, 2013

(Note:The following has been submitted as a guest post to CommScope Blogs by John Short, global cabling offering manager at IBM. Opinions and comments provided in this guest post, as with all posts to CommScope Blogs, are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of CommScope.)

We see it all around us. The world is getting smarter and more connected.

Our world is becoming instrumented: today, there are nearly one billion transistors per human, four billion mobile phone subscribers, and 30 billion radio frequency identification tags produced globally.

Our world is becoming more interconnected: soon there will be two billion people on the Internet. But it doesn't stop there. We now see an "Internet of Things" where systems and objects can "speak" to one another.

This is resulting in an explosion of data. The good news is, thanks to advanced analytics, we can turn that information into insight. The resulting intelligence can be used to make our systems, processes and infrastructures more efficient, productive and responsive.

An optimized and intelligently managed cabling and connectivity infrastructure solution can be designed around these three elements:

  • The instrumented layer provides information required by the infrastructure management systems to perform analytics on the building and data center systems. An example of the instrumented layer includes the use of sensors and associated devices to integrate and relay information.
  • The interconnected layer leverages converged infrastructure approaches to align the physical and logical infrastructure, thereby improving operational efficiency. Examples of the interconnected layer include: building management, monitoring, access control, security, video, voice and data systems.
  • The intelligence layer provides infrastructure management capability to meet availability, capacity planning, asset tracking and increased productivity requirements. An example of the intelligence layer is found during management of the cabling infrastructure for moves, adds and changes.

If you would like to hear more about how these elements are involved in your cabling and connectivity infrastructure, there is an opportunity for you to do so in-person. During the month of October, IBM will join CommScope and its partners in a multi-city “Innovation@Work” event to provide a comprehensive view of trends, technologies and best practices in the data center and smart building industries.

"Innovation@Work" begins October 1 in Kansas City, Mo., followed by stops in Chicago, Seattle, Santa Clara, Calif., New York, Boston, Atlanta, Dallas and Toronto. To register or learn more, click here or visit I hope to see you there.

About the Author

John Short

John Short

Mr. Short has over 29 years of experience in the information technology

services profession. His most recent experience has focused on developing

solutions for clients that involve cabling and connectivity offerings for data

centers and building facilities on a global scale. Mr. Short works with clients,

sales teams, and business partners to create unique cabling solutions for

Facilities Cabling Services and develops enablement assets and tools to meet

customer requirements to achieve global cabling business results. Areas of

focus include Smarter Enterprise Connectivity, Passive Optical LANs, and

Modular Cabling Systems.


Mr. Short has presented Data Center Services and Strategy techniques to

multiple clients and at IBM hosted events. He has extensive experience in

solution development and selling large complex and small services

engagements. These engagements include a 15,000 sqft data center for a

large healthcare provider, a data center consolidation project for a large

financial services company with six data centers, a data center strategy

engagement for a large media client with 21 data centers, an energy efficiency

audit for a large telecommunications company with a 120,000 sqft data center,

and scalable modular data center projects within banking, retail, and

healthcare environments.


Mr. Short’s goal is to create client value and solutions that solve business

problems. He has extensive experience in solution development and selling

large complex projects across multiple sectors and service portfolios.