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Campus-wide Network Infrastructure Management. Network infrastructure management: Challenges. fibre/UTP cables and switch ports use (availability) wireless coverage and AP specifics wiring centre / equipment room layout data centre management. Infrastructure management systems.

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Campus-wide Network Infrastructure Management

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

network infrastructure management challenges
Network infrastructure management: Challenges
  • fibre/UTP cables and switch ports use (availability)
  • wireless coverage and AP specifics
  • wiring centre / equipment room layout
  • data centre management

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

infrastructure management systems
Infrastructure management systems

a.k.a. Cabling management software (CMS),

a.k.a. Network modeling software (NMS),

a.k.a. Physical Layer Management (PLM)

are meant to store enterprise-wide information on network equipment along with details of cabling usage and availability.

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

in this presentation
In this presentation:
  • History, practices, experience
  • System features and requirements
  • Comparative analysis of commercially available network modeling systems
  • Implementation, practical results and challenges in infrastructure management

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

what this presentation is not
What this presentation is NOT:
  • a comprehensive analysis of the PLM systems on the market
  • an effort in promoting or advocating of any product mentioned

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

network infrastructure documentation
Network infrastructure documentation…

… as we know it

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the good
The good…

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The good…

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the not so good
… the not so good…

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the ugly
… the ugly

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Storing infrastructure data:

(pre-PLM time)

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Legacy system: IsiCAD - Command

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list of system requirements

List of system requirements

  • ability to manage both equipment and cable inventory in compliance with ANSI/TIA/EIA 606 (Administration Standard for the Telecommunications Infrastructure of Commercial Buildings) http://www.cablemgmt.com/tia.htm
  • graphic capabilities to represent campus maps and building floor plans along with equipment layout and cable tunnels, conduits, pathways etc.
  • Industrial strength multi-user ODBC relational database as a repository to all information pertinent to the network infrastructure
  • scalability (should not impose any limits to inventory database expansion or shrinkage)
  • well-developed standard GUI with options to be customized by user
  • multiple users with concurrent access

The goal: to integrate equipment, cable and network management.

Basic

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List of system requirements

CAD graphics capabilities

  • the system should be capable of being used with or without CAD files or a mixture of both
  • the system should import and export CAD files supporting both the latest AutoCAD file formats (.DWG and .DXF)
  • avoid the necessity to have a CAD application present or any CAD experience to use the system (CAD systems are typically very complex)

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

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List of system requirements

User Interface

  • the application should have a full and open Application Programming Interface (API)
  • the GUI is customizable by the user
  • the system is capable of defining any number of item types (i.e., patch panel, faceplate, workstation or port)
  • the system should be capable of creating a custom property window for each type of item with any number of user-defined fields for recording data about an item

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

desirable extras

List of system requirements

  • SNMP-based network auto-discovery and auto-mapping
  • Means of documenting wireless infrastructure
  • Integration with other operational support systems such as help desk (e.g., Remedy ARS) and logical network managers (e.g. Spectrum, HP Open View)
  • Web interface
  • Ability to look up and retrieve data from any third-party database or file over a TCP/IP network

Desirable extras

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

comparative analysis of infrastructure modeling systems
Comparative analysisof infrastructure modeling systems:

A. The legacy system

  • Cambio Networks Inc. COMMAND 5.1 – a legacy system U of T used, along with netRunner - a new product run on Windows rather then UNIX platform
  • Command 5.0 version adopted by Pinacl, an UK company

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

b a class of products that are meant mainly for equipment inventory management
B. A class of products that are meant mainly for equipment inventory management.

Comparative analysisof infrastructure modeling systems:

  • N/A - ClickNet 4.0 from ClickNet Software Corp.
  • http://www.netsuite.com/: NetSuite from NetSuite Development Corp.

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C. A number of products specifically designed and profiled for telecommunication industry (with special emphasis on WAN facilities management).

Comparative analysisof infrastructure modeling systems:

  • Cable-Master from Angeles Group, Inc.
  • http://www.architel.com/: Objectel from Architel Systems Corp.
  • http://www.xiox.com/: FMS for Windows by XIOX Corp.

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D. GIS-focused or fully functional AM/FM/GIS products - expensive. Still some of them should be considered viable choice for the campus NMS

Comparative analysisof infrastructure modeling systems:

  • http://www.enghouse.com/ : CableCAD and GeoNet from Enghouse Systems Ltd. Also they recently announced a number of industry applications (NetWORKS, etc.) worth attention. Markham, Ont. based.
  • CX-P21-CM from Cadix International, Inc.
  • http://www.adc.com/ : FiberBase 4.0 - fibre network management software from ADC Telecommunications.
  • http://www.cadtel.com/: SpatialBASE - network documentation and engineering tool

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E. A class of NMS products integrated with common office tools like MS Office, Visio and AutoCAD. Most come with hardware based means for circuit analysis.

Comparative analysisof infrastructure modeling systems:

  • http://www.uwo.ca/its/projects/archive/docit.html/ - docIT product distributed in Canada by CMS International. Was implemented by University of Western Ontario (CANHEIT 2003 presentation)
  • http://www.itracs.com/ - (former Cablesoft product called Crimp) by now developed into iTRACS v7.0
  • http://www.systimax.com/ - iPatch System Manager Software; like the above product is a part of a complex cable management system
  • http://www.rittech.com/ - RiT PatchView is a physical layer management solution. Allows to monitor mission critical connections and all networked devices

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Products in this intermediate list were assessed and compared regarding the following system requirementsBasic
  • cost effectiveness (complex issue to be defined and discussed separately),
  • functionality: comprehensive infrastructure support including horizontal systems, backbone/riser systems and campus systems,
  • "open concept" design (a simple scripting engine for customization and additional functionality),
  • quality 24x7x365 technical support

Desirable add-ons

  • cable test result storage and management,
  • cable lengths calculation,
  • circuit information,
  • cable path information,
  • Moves, Adds and Changes management,
  • multi-floor designs.

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the shortlist was comprised of a d and e groups
The ‘shortlist’ was comprised of A, D and E groups:
  • PatchView (RiT Technologies)
  • docIT (CMS Intl.)
  • iTRACS (Cablesoft)
  • NetWORKS (Enghouse)
  • iPatch (Systimax)

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

the shortlist of cms was comprised of a d and e groups from the above and be read as follows
The shortlist of CMS was comprised of A, D and E groups from the above and be read as follows:
  • PatchView (RiT Technologies)
  • iTRACS (Cablesoft)
  • iPatch (Systimax)

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Implementation

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VWC – Virtual Wiring Centre

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Case study: Campus security network (U of T police)

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implementation notes
Implementation notes
  • Defining infrastructure model: time consuming but pays in the end
  • Porting data from legacy systems: CSV files vs. SQL programming/scripting
  • Customizing infrastructure model: a big effort (schema, datastores, graphic, equipment templates etc)
  • Training users: a good investment

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conclusions
Conclusions
  • A robust long term infrastructure management plan is a serious investment, $30-100k
  • For large infrastructure inventories, cost-effective management system are end-to-end architectures: termination hardware, connectivity monitoring tools, cabling management software. This appears to be a global industry trend.
  • Buying from partner companies: VAR benefits vs. product becoming too ‘vendor specific’
  • Best available PLM products tend to “runtime” (as opposed to authoring) or integrate common applications under one umbrella, thus minimizing proprietary code and TCO.
  • A centralized service model seems to be a good solution for large institution. UTCNS is ready to offer infrastructure management services to other departments.

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

thank you
Thank You

Vladimir Kouptchinski

Ph. 416 978-5448

[email protected]

CANHEIT | On the EDGE | June 15-18, 2008 | University of Calgary

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