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October 29, 2009

PIM Platform Upholds Vision for Unified Physical Infrastructure

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives


Direct and indirect costs – such as downtime – are two ways of looking at a how a data center affects a company’s bottom line. Today’s physical infrastructure platform should be able to support the organizational network, data centers, Web sites, video surveillance, security and access system and industrial networks, according to the smart data center experts at Panduit. 

The company’s UPI vision provides a broad view of infrastructure, imposed by the extension of IP networking beyond voice and data networks and the IT and data center environments, to building facilities, including lighting, ventilation, air conditioning, and other systems, to factory floors, including sensors, controllers, access, security and more.
 
With cost savings top of mind for every data center executive, a unified physical infrastructure can have a sizeable impact on a data center’s bottom line, explained Anil Maheshwari, director of marketing at Panduit, in a recent interview with TMCnet.

In fact, Panduit’s UPI approach of integration can reduce energy consumption by up to 30 to 40 percent, he said. Many of the so-called pain points in data centers are a direct result of the current economic climate, with a major focus on energy costs and sustainability.
 
“Unified physical infrastructure makes for fewer resource requirements, fewer cabling and less quantity of resources required to deliver them, yet in a way that’s connected and can be monitored for high quality of availability and reliability,” Maheshwari explained.
 
“It means that you have software, hardware, and components that are all pretested to connect with one another to deliver a high-level of security, cooling capacity, power, control, computing and collaborating capability. So ultimately unified physical infrastructure allows you to connect, manage and automate all the components in your infrastructure to deliver the right amount of capability for security, power, control, collaboration and computing.”
 
Panduit’s UPI vision can be witnessed through the company’s new world headquarters in Tinley Park, Ill. When planning the new building, Panduit project leaders invested in a UPI-based connected building solution to enable convergence of facility systems onto a single network for improved control, communication and management, company officials said.
 
Panduit’s Panview iQ Hardware and PIMsoftware uphold the key pillars of the company’s UPI vision with a physical infrastructure management system that enhances availability and security of the network, while lowering the total cost of ownership.
 
According to Panduit officials, a unified approach to infrastructure architecture offers enterprises distinct business advantages:
 
• Greater visibility, tracking and control of critical systems that identify, report and monitor capabilities allow users to react to problems before they affect enterprises;
• A flexible, scalable system that has the capacity to expand as business needs increase and accommodate changing user needs, from mobility services to environmental controls;
• Managed movement of network devices, servers and resources from site to site;
• Optimized installation of disparate network cabling, which results in reduced initial deployment time and ongoing maintenance costs; and
• Physical to logical mapping through integration with existing network management systems enhances manageability.
 
Physical infrastructure is critical, with 50 percent of failures occurring in the physical layer, according to Maheshwari. “Any element of building and reliability through better physical infrastructure will mitigate your risk to help minimize potential downtime, and can even strengthen your safety and security.”


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