July 7, 2008 -- Panduit has introduced a physical infrastructure management system that the company says automates the documentation of physical layer connectivity while providing for intelligent patch-field management, without the need for additional rack space.
According to the company, the PANVIEW iQ system consolidates all management hardware into panel managers and expansion modules, which snap into the back of the PANVIEW iQ patch panels. A functional keypad interface unit on the front of the patch panel initiates patch cord tracing and diagnostic navigation, without the need for dedicated fixed placement or handheld controllers. This design enables organizations to cost-effectively scale their installations as well as conserve valuable rack space, notes the company.
The associated Panduit Physical Infrastructure Manager software is a Web-based application that offers functions including: automated documentation of network connectivity; change notifications; asset management and reporting; virtual server mapping; and work order management functions. An application program interface (API) built into the software allows integration between the PANVIEW iQ system and familiar third-party applications.
Financial, technology, and services company LaSalle Solutions is currently integrating the PANVIEW iQ system into its service portal. "In today's complex IT environments, we see PANVIEW iQ's ability to manage the assets and move/add/change activity key to a successful operation--not to mention the advantages to compliance and security," reports Steven Robb, vice president and general manager of LaSalle Solutions. As a customer service-oriented company, Robb says, "We manage assets and contracts to some of the largest organizations in the world. By incorporating PANVIEW iQ into our business, we are streamlining our process and have the potential to increase our levels of service and customer satisfaction."