DCIM Opportunities No. 2

GIS is a form of digital mapping technology. Kind of like Google Earth, but better.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Two days ago, we discussed the similarities and differences between DCIM (Data Centre Infrastructure Management) and OSS. In it, we indicated that Data Centres (DCs) tend to have less outside plant or inter-site connectivity (ie most power and network links tend to reside within the Data Centres), but cable management and network links are more likely to be managed within 3D spatial systems (x, y and height), not just the x and y coordinates of GIS (Geographical Information Systems).

This occurs in multi-level DCs and/or multiple levels of cable trays, where height of cable trays and/or riser shafts above ground-level become important for spatial visualisation of cable assets. Many traditional spatial systems are configured for managing highly distributed cable assets (ie direct buried cables spread out across countries!), so they don’t really need the third dimension of height.

For OSS vendors, adding the third dimension to your spatial systems will have the benefit of increasing the attractiveness of your product to industrial and utility organisations. They also have cable assets at various heights throughout their plants and easements.

3D modelling can also be important for modelling heat build-ups in certain areas within data centres, but this would require algorithms that are quite different in nature to those in existing Telco spatial systems!

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