While I traveled this past holiday to spend time with
family, I found myself thinking about how often I rely on the mapping apps on
my mobile device. Some of the information I try to determine can include: the
best route to take, how to navigate around high traffic areas and what time
will we actually arrive. These are important bits of information I need so I
will not be late for dinner.
If you take a close look at automated
infrastructure management (AIM) systems, such as CommScope’s imVision,
it can provide the same type of
information with regards to directions
for your data center and your building’s physical network.
For example, AIM systems help you to find the most efficient way or “route” options
for providing service. They can locate
and identify underused equipment and ports. Similarly, an AIM system can
give you “turn-by-turn” directions for providing
services quickly and efficiently. Do you need to trace or track a
connection because you are lost in your network? Just bring up your browser and
choose a starting point to get an instant
trace showing the path from any point to your “destination.” If you are on the
same floor as your data center and need to identify
downstream equipment or users that will be affected by an interruption in service, you can just
touch or click in a controller screen and bring up the map of any channel.
Let’s say that conditions change and you need to redirect. Real-time tracking of connections are shown on a display that help
you avoid cabling hazards. Are you
in a new place and not sure where to find the closest local printer? An AIM solution can generate directions for
To save time
traveling through and around your network infrastructure, think about using an
AIM just as you would use your mobile mapping app when traveling. You won’t get lost in your network again
and that certainly will help you make it home in time for dinner.
If you have any questions about AIM systems or the CommScope imVision
solution, leave a comment below and I will be sure to respond.