ADC KRONEs TrueNet Physical Layer Management (PLM) is and all-embracing solution which enables network managers to manage the location and connectivity of every PC, printer, server, switch port, Ethernet device and copper or fibre circuit throughout a single or multi-site enterprise.
Based on the firm foundation of ADC KRONEs renowned TrueNet connectivity and industry leading software, TrueNet PLM gives network managers true insight into the networks they control, including:
Auto-discovery gives an up to the minute accurate picture of exactly what is connected to each port or outlet.
By identifying unused and connected but unused ports on patch panels and active equipment TrueNet PLM can enable up to 40% better network equipment utilisation. (According to Frost and Sullivan, up to 40% of ports are ghosted or unutilised).
Real-time alarms are sent to mobile phones, pagers or e-mail if a backbone, WAN circuit or even the CEOs PC is accidentally unplugged.
With networks crashing an average 70 times a year and 59% of these crashes due to problems in the physical layer (source; Sun Micro Systems), TrueNet PLM reduces the likelihood of problems and, by instantly identifying problems, reduces downtime and time-to-repair.
Protects against unauthorised usage, illegal connections and device tampering. For example, TrueNet PLM can immediately alert network management if an unauthorised laptop or PC is plugged in within a restricted area or if a server is disconnected.
TrueNet PLM issues work instructions for MACs (moves, adds, changes). It uses LEDs on its patch panels to show technicians or non-technical personnel exactly which patch cord to unplug and where to insert a new one.
TrueNet PLM is ideal for branch-office sites because any non-technical person can be instructed to remove or insert a patch-cord as guided by the LED indicators.
Enforces and records security compliance to assist with requirements such as Sarbanes Oxley.
The system uses an additional conductor in all copper and fibre patch leads and patch panels with an additional contact per jack specially designed so that neither affect the transmission performance of the TrueNet connectivity components. The system also interfaces via SMNP into the switches within the network to aggregate all the necessary information into a real-time picture for the network manager. An optional CAD software module enables floor-plan display of relevant information.
TrueNet PLM is as applicable to small enterprises as to large ones. Return on Investment calculations show that for an enterprise as small as 100 people, payback is achieved in 12 months and $33,000 is saved over the first three years alone.