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AIM is safety and reliability


s more services migrate online, and we become more dependent on internet infrastructure, safety and security breaches in data

centres have increasingly far-reaching consequences. Access to critical services, such as banking, can be compromised, websites, critical systems and cloud applications can become unreachable, VOIP Networks or physical access systems may go down, files become inaccessible. And, as more and more devices are added to the Internet of Things, the scope for errors only increases. However, not only can physical risks such as fire, flooding or unauthorised access result in these problems, there are also technology-related risks to consider – many of which are avoidable. Today’s safety regulations, standards and legal requirements demand

totally reliable network management. However, manual management of infrastructure data takes time and is prone to errors. According to a study by IT market research firm Watson & Fulton, manually managed data typically has an error rate of 10%. In their survey, the consultants Frost & Sullivan found that 20-40% of ports in a network are forgotten over time. Hyperscale data centres accommodate hundreds of thousands of fibre

optic connections in highly sensitive operating environments. With Ultra High Density platforms they can increase the number of fibre optic connections per rack by up to two thirds, in comparison with solutions used to date. These quantities can no longer be managed in a traditional way – they have to be monitored fully automatically in real time to be able to guarantee availability and operational reliability. Not only is total operational reliability more important than ever before for data centres, but so is a modern, enhanced approach to hardware and cable management.

‘AIM’ FOR INNOVATION Automatic Infrastructure Management (AIM) opens up a new way to manage networks reliably and increase safety and reliability. The purpose of an AIM solution is to facilitate the management of the passive infrastructure in the future. In an AIM system, the entire infrastructure is represented in a consistent database, a ‘single source of truth’ which provides precise and real time information on the current state and future requirements of the data centre. Automatic tracking of changes and alerts when any unsolicited changes take place significantly enhances security. AIM is intended to optimise the business process of an organisation from

an IT infrastructure perspective. It eliminates stranded capacity, facilitates end-to-end analysis and agile infrastructure management and aids predictive analysis and dynamic infrastructure. Since, in an AIM system, the entire infrastructure is represented in a consistent database, enquiries into resources such as server ports, space in cabinets as well as energy requirements and cooling capacity are quick and easy to answer precisely with this database. Improved capacity utilisation of the existing infrastructure as well as the simple and exact planning of changes and expansions are immediate advantages of AIM systems.

IMPROVEMENTS Furthermore, these solutions vastly improve the efficiency of operation and administration and can result in a reduction of downtime by 30-50%. During incident management, AIM solutions can significantly


centres, not only is total operational reliability more important than ever before, but so is a modern, enhanced

approach to hardware and cable management, as Oli Barrington,

regional director UK & Ireland, R&M, explains

reduce resolution time. Data from these systems could also be used to create useful reports

for financial budgeting and inventory of IT infrastructure; and it could aid IT managers as a planning tool to simulate the future expansion of network. Once a project is realised in line with planned layout, it can be monitored and administered. The system software can seamlessly integrate and synchronise

with other customer-owned automated building/facility infrastructure management or data centre environment monitoring as well as security management systems. Everything can then be monitored and administered from a common dashboard.



The fourth Industrial Revolution is witnessing the ever-advancing convergence of the physical with the digital world. The drive to generate added value from data acquired from machines has seen a rapid rise in the number of sensors and actuators and, as a result, networking in machines and systems and the attendant number of connections is increasing in leaps and bounds. In the future, every machine and every component in factory halls will exchange large amounts of information and data. Devices are getting smaller and smarter, and connectors are developing in step with this trend. HARTING started the process of standardising new interface standards with the ix Industrial Ethernet connector concept in 2016, and today this device is a market-available connector that enables device manufacturers to design their products up to 40% smaller. In order to further support automated production, HARTING now

supplies printed circuit board sockets on rolls in which device sockets are accommodated in a way that is compatible with use in pick & place equipment. Subsequent handling of the interfaces on the devices is also geared towards performance. Interlocks such as screw technology are no longer adequate for ever shrinking connections, so the handling aspect of connectivity is assuming increasing importance. HARTING PushPull technology increases operating safety and efficiency during use. In order to also make the power-supply component of devices

simultaneously smaller yet more powerful, HARTING is enhancing its M12 Power series by adding the standardised K coding for power supply use. Offering 7.5kW at 630V and 16A, the device interface provides enough power for compact yet powerful drives and represents a future space-saving alternative to 7/8in solutions.

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