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October 22, 2009

Ensuring Network Reliability and Security with PIM

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

New industry standards, requirements and regulations are forcing organizations to improve strategies for safer and more secure transmission of sensitive data and information. Research shows that half of all network problems arise from issues in the physical infrastructure, yet the physical infrastructure is often overlooked, according to industry experts.

Without real-time monitoring and visibility into connectivity through a physical infrastructure management system, enterprises are vulnerable to risk across several areas. Service interruptions and network downtime can result in lost customer service and sales, lost employee productivity, and damage to a company’s reputation.
Unified physical infrastructure-based solutions can help customers manage risk within the physical infrastructure by “intelligently” converging physical and logical systems. This kind of system leverages real-time information to increase safety and security in the workplace, manage systems more effectively, satisfy regulatory compliance requirements, minimize disruptions and maximize performance, according to Panduit officials. Ultimately, these solutions help to mitigate risk across systems and between functional departments to allow for greater business agility throughout the enterprise.
The Tinley Park, Ill.-based company recently announced the integration of itsphysical infrastructure manager system into EMC (News - Alert) Ionix for “increased visibility and control of physical infrastructure assets to improve operational efficiency and minimize data center risk,” company officials said.
A significant aspect of Panduit’s PIM system the combination of software and hardware that “empowers” enterprises to meet both current and future requirements for real-time monitoring of patch field connectivity speeds alerts of changes or security risks to administrators. This can also facilitate multiple notifications to other management systems via email or pager, according to Panduit officials.
This approach is ultimately changing infrastructure design and management strategies and synchronization of critical systems – communication, computing, power, control, and security – which is key to improving performance throughout the enterprise and managing risk, Panduit officials said. A UPI-based solution allows for improvements in infrastructure efficiency and productivity along with a substantial reduction in operational costs.
“Panduit’s Physical Infrastructure Manager Software Platform monitors and tracks IP-enabled devices throughout the enterprise to enable IT managers to perform efficient capacity planning, manage remote devices, enforce regulatory compliance and increase the reliability and security of network infrastructure operations,” said Vineeth Ram, vice president of global marketing at Panduit. 
UPI-based solutions at all levels leverage real-time information to enhance business agility, risk management and security throughout the enterprise.
“Panduit’s quality solutions deliver high network performance levels and accommodate our requirements for future expansion. The high-end Panduit solution we have installed is certainly a good investment,” said Ramdan Pawi, chief information officer at Accenture (News - Alert).
And to ensure that Panduit’s solutions and services keep customers ahead of the curve, the company invests 10 percent of net sales in research and development every year to support evolving trends and technology, company officials said.

Erin Harrison is a Senior Editor with TMC. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Harrison

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