R&M and FNT make data center cabling management easier

Today, the average data center surface area measures 1,000 to 2,500 m2 and has thousands of network ports. Cable management is more important than ever to avoid data transmission errors, performance issues and downtime.

Specialized solutions that can monitor all changes to a physical network, including switches, servers and patch panels, are essential. Ideally, this type of system should also offer functions for mapping, managing, analyzing and planning cabling and network cabinets, including asset management, planned and unplanned changes and alarms.

Comprehensive solution

At this year’s NetWork’16 forum in Leipzig, R&M and FNT will announce a joint integrated data center solution which meets these requirements. This offering is an integration of R&M’s RFID-based cable tracking solution, R&MinteliPhy, with FNT Command‘s data center cable management solution through API integration.

Information gathered from R&M’s RFID sensors flows into FNT Command software, providing a consolidated view of all cabling and port data. R&MinteliPhy monitors and sends data to FNT Command regarding:

  • Real-time physical connectivity monitoring and documentation, which R&M’s sensor collects from RFID-tags on the cabling connectors
  • Alerts on unsolicited changes for greater security
  • Trending and alarming related to port capacity


At the same time, all work orders from FNT Command’s work order management can be sent to R&MinteliPhy for visual guidance, task tracking, and permission configuration.

Complete control of complex environments

“Capacity management in the data center is becoming an increasingly important topic for infrastructure and operations managers,” explains said Dr. Thomas Wellinger, Market Manager Data Center at R&M. “The impact poor connectivity visibility can have on data availability or uptime brings the topic of automation of connectivity documentation onto the task list - whether from an availability, operations, risk or compliance perspective. This combined solution empowers infrastructure and operational decision makers to make critical capacity and compliance decisions to increase data center efficiency.”

"AIM systems are another important component for automation in the data center," adds Oliver Lindner, Head of Business Line DCIM at FNT. "For the software-defined data center on the logical level, we also need appropriate agile methods on the physical level aiming at continuously supporting changes."

The integration of R&MinteliPhy and FNT Command will be presented at the forthcoming NetWork'16. The forum for service and infrastructure management in IT and telecommunications is specifically aimed at managers looking for future-proof solutions for their data centers. "

About NetWork’16

Held on April 26-27 at Congress Center Leipzig, NetWork'16 is a forum for service and infrastructure management in IT and telecommunications. Under the motto "Shaping the Digital Future," FNT presents an attractive program that is focused on the digital transformation of IT, network infrastructure and data centers and how they are utilized to efficiently and safely provide an array of IT and telecommunication services. Learn in high-profile keynotes, lectures and presentations, what these changes mean for you, and how you can meet the challenges. For more information visit: www.network16.de

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