Avaya has unveiled hardware and software upgrades for its Systimax iPatch cable management systems, which it says will reduce downtime by extending the product's reach to monitor high capacity fibre backbone connections.
The latest iPatch enhancements extend the system's real-time patch cord monitoring and control capabilities to the fibre portion of enterprise networks.
They also allow for the transmission of iPatch System physical-layer connectivity maps and alarm data to leading network management applications.
iPatch System Manager Version 3.0 adds links to network management systems, such as HP OpenView, that allow users to receive alarms from the iPatch system, query iPatch System Manager, view CAD floor plans showing the location of network equipment, and obtain physical-layer circuit traces.
"iPatch System has taken cost and risk out of moves, adds and changes to copper cabling through easier planning, better communication with technicians and less paperwork," said Luc Adriaenssens, director of Systimax R&D at Avaya Labs in a statement.
"Now these benefits are available when managing fibre channels as well."
Adriaenssens added that the recent addition of Simple Network Management Protocol to iPatch means that real-time monitoring of backbone and horizontal channels can be integrated with overall network management, resulting in greater time and cost savings for users.
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