TE Enterprise Networks takes managing cabling network connectivity to a new level
TE Connectivity’s Enterprise Networks business has launched its new Infrastructure Configuration Manager (ICM) software.It provides network and data centre managers with a greater knowledge of their connectivity infrastructures and extends the integration of the physical layer into network management applications.
‘Today’s data centres and network infrastructures can be a bit of a jungle,’ commented Luca Rozzoni, business line manager for LAN solutions at TE Enterprise Networks. ‘They are densely populated, hard to navigate and difficult to keep track of. The key to really knowing a network is to have a managed connectivity solution that knows where every piece of equipment is and has the ability to manage moves, adds and changes effectively and efficiently.’
The ICM software contains a completely new graphical user interface (GUI) that provides the user with a modern style, look and feel. It provides client access through a web interface and gives full support for third party software via API. The fully configurable GUI offers multiple screens, colour schemes and interfaces with TE’s Amptrac hardware to provide a comprehensive managed connectivity solution.
TE’s ICM software is a powerful network discovery tool which provides full visibility of all active network devices and enables the documenting and tracking of this equipment in real time. With easy management of asset trees, automatic provisioning of work orders and sophisticated alert and reporting features, the ICM enables network managers to optimise asset utilisation, maintain accurate documentation and prevent costly and unnecessary errors.
Along with the new software, the hardware element of the solution has also been improved with the launch of a new higher density Amptrac analyser. The analyser’s role is to scan 9th-wire enabled ports, detecting the connectivity and passing this information to the ICM software.
The new HD 1152 Amptrac analyser benefits from a significant increase in density and supports more than three times the amount of patch panels or switches than the previous model. The analyser is available in three variants offering support for 16, 32 or 48 patch panels (or switches). Also included is a dual external DC power supply which improves reliability and adds a level of redundancy. Configuration and maintenance upgrades have been simplified by the addition of USB memory stick support.
Luca Rozzoni said, ‘This is a significant update to TE’s managed connectivity solution with Amptrac technology which was developed in conjunction with our users. We are confident that this higher density solution and significantly improved user interface will provide real time benefits to busy network and data centre managers.’