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Siemon releases MapIT™ - network infrastructure management and documentation solution

  • 17 August, 2005 11:48

<p>Sydney, August 17, 2005. Siemon has announced a strategic partnership with iTRACS Corporation and the release of Siemon's MapIT - a suite of advanced intelligent network infrastructure management solutions designed to offer both security and total network documentation.</p>
<p>"The strict corporate guidelines, and resulting IT accountability generated by compliance legislation creates the need for a whole new level of network security and documentation," says Damon Lyons, Siemon's Regional Manager, Australia and New Zealand. "In the course of compliance, companies need a way to monitor and identify threats automatically, as well as provide auditable event logs." The MapIT system was designed specifically to meet this need.</p>
<p>The system, based on the combination of iTRACS software and Siemon MapIT connecting hardware, monitors and records connectivity of mission-critical connections in data centres and wiring closets in real time, 24/7; detects unauthorised moves, adds and changes; detects unauthorised devices and software; alerts the system administrator via pager, email, alarms, and can supplement the logs with photos identifying any person making a change.</p>
<p>Aside from the robust threat-prevention abilities of the MapIT system, its unique ability to offer complete and flexible control of IT infrastructure records, network documentation and auditable event logs is a clear benefit to organisations struggling with compliance documentation requirements. By monitoring physical connections through Siemon connectivity, MapIT maintains the record of relationships and complex data links of any kind, throughout the network.</p>
<p>The records can be built from spreadsheet files, maps, CAD files, photos, scans, bitmaps and the built in auto-discovery module. The records are used to tie the data description of the network, and of any device on the network, to maps, floor plans and location overlays. An update to one field in the record updates the relationship to all other linked data in the record. The software maintains and displays extremely complex Enterprise networks in a highly visual and organised manner, making a once daunting task manageable. The MapIT software also works alongside current network monitoring and management software packages which stop short of the physical layer.</p>
<p>While its ability to facilitate compliance is a powerful benefit, MapIT provides an excellent tool against network downtime, a potential source of tremendous revenue loss. "Over 70% of network outages can be related to physical layer issues, and 80% of repair time is spent diagnosing the problem," says Rick McNees, iTRACS Corporation VP of Marketing. "The same MapIT features that increase network security and documentation serve to identify potential downtime causes before they happen. And in the event of trouble, MapIT can reduce troubleshooting time, allowing corrective measures far sooner. With large enterprises measuring downtime costs in millions of dollars per hour, the benefit is staggering."</p>
<p>Siemon's MapIT system is designed for use with standards-based copper and fibre optic structured cabling solutions, allowing easy integration into existing networks. At the heart of the system are Siemon patchcords, fibre jumpers and patch panels featuring iTRACS-enabled sensor technology. They feature robust gold-plated sensor contacts, which track physical layer connections and transmit that data to the iTRACS software. Beyond the MapIT-equipped data centre or telecom room, standard cabling is used. Available in Siemon's industry-leading 10G ip™ System as well as Category 6 and XGLO® fibre optic configurations, MapIT is backed by a 20-year warranty when installed by a Siemon/iTRACS Certified Installer×.</p>
<p>The full complement of Siemon MapIT products is now available for shipment. For additional information on MapIT, visit</p>
<p>About Siemon</p>
<p>Established in 1903, Siemon is a family owned, industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of unshielded, shielded, twisted-pair copper and fibre cabling systems available. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&amp;D and development of industry standards, underlining the company's long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.</p>
<p>Siemon’s Australian head office is located in Allambie Heights, Sydney, with offices also located in Brisbane and Melbourne.</p>
<p>For more information</p>
<p>Alana Patton David Frost
The Siemon Company PR Deadlines Pty Ltd
(02) 8977 7500 (02) 4341 5021</p>
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