Hyperscale Use Case 1

Auditing Physical Connections Made Easy

One of the greatest challenges for any major user of fiber connectivity is maintaining an accurate record of the physical layer configuration. While automated systems make it easy to track the logical connectivity at L2 and above; physical connectivity config management usually relies on the timely and accurate updating of a spreadsheet and frequently presents some unique challenges:

  • Spreadsheet inaccurately updated.

  • Patch lead incorrectly connected.

  • Patches not torn down end to end leaving stranded capacity.

  • Emergency changes not recorded.

However it happens, the delta between the spreadsheet and reality quickly increases and can only be closed by performing a full connectivity audit; a time intensive and unpopular activity.

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Physical Layer                           addresses many of the challenges are customers experience with their fiber infrastructure.  As well as reducing connection times, lowering OPEX and increasing network flexibility; the specific challenges of physical layer management are addressed. Installing a                    automation solution provides a baseline of all connectivity at that moment in time.  As new connections are made or deleted through the robotic patching system, these changes are automatically recorded within the management system and the higher level management software or SDN Controller thus maintaining a real-time and historical record of all physical cross-connects in place, mistakes in patching and updating documentation are automatically eliminated.

The introduction of new equipment can also be validated whilst the engineer is on-site by utilizing the ROME’s ability to provide optical loopbacks.  This prevents the need for repeat engineer visits where mis-cabling is detected at a later date, potentially impacting project timelines. Should a connectivity audit ever become necessary the ROME can be utilized to deliver an automatic method of correlating the physical and logical links running through the fiber infrastructure in a fraction of the time a manual audit would take.