Quareo Hardware Platform - TE Connectivity Intelligent
To continue our review of TE Connectivity's connection management solutions, today we’ll take a look at the Quareo hardware platform with CPID technology.
As already known, an intelligent system allows you to create SCS with automated control at the physical level. The entire system consists of ICM (Infrastructure Configuration Manager) software and one of two AMPTRAC or Quareo hardware platforms.
So what is Quareo?
This is a hardware platform that provides complete information about the physical level of SCS components. The components of this system and the principle of operation are slightly different from the AMPTRAC, which was considered earlier .
So, chips are installed in patch cords (Fig. 1), and patch panels have additional contacts for reading information from these chips (Fig. 2). The identification of connection points (Connection Point Identification - CPID) is just ensured through the use of microchips. These microchips contain information about the physical characteristics of the cord, including the serial number of the connector, type, class, length, etc., related to the connected patch cords. When connected, this information is read and registered in the ICM software database using the scanner built into the panel.
Fig. 1 Quareo patch cord
Fig. 2 Quareo system patch panel
Quareo Series Network Panels
The Quareo system supports 24-port and 48-port panels. Patch panels of this system can be used as passive (standard), or with the help of a pre-installed controller, they can become part of Quareo (Fig. 3)
Network panels allow network administrators to display, manage and audit connections at the physical level. This means that for the first time it has become possible to apply the same management policies to the physical layer of a network that were previously applied to higher layers of the OSI network model.
And so, ICM software polls in real time all network panels and reads information from the built-in microchips, and then documents the received data in a database. In the future, this data can be used in other applications designed to control the entire network infrastructure of an enterprise or data center.
Fig. 3 Installing the controller in the panel
Fig. 4 Quareo patch panel
controller The CPU controller is designed to provide information transfer between the patch panel and ICM software. There is also the possibility of providing power, programming, checking the status of the panel.
This controller provides 10BaseT or 100BaseTX Ethernet technology, as well as power over Ethernet (PoE) and access to the web browser interface. Quareo is controlled by a system connectivity system. Information is then sent to the ICM system software via an Ethernet port controller. Power is supplied either through PoE or auxiliary (AUX) input ports on the back of the controller.
Quareo systems support multiple chassis network ports. The chassis can act as a passive chassis, or it can become part of the Quareo system by inserting the controller into the chassis, controller, and the Ethernet port controller controller connecting case. The chassis network is shown in Figure 5.
Summarizing all of the above, we summarize
The Quareo system with CPID technology provides a high level of knowledge of the network infrastructure, including the accurate documentation and reporting of all changes, thereby increasing the level of security. It is also possible to provide high network availability, while reducing the level of operating costs associated with its maintenance in all parts of the network, from the data center to the PC at the workplace.
Any change at the physical level is recorded in real time in the event log, allowing you to detect changes and localize possible problems in any area, from the data center to the PC at the workplace. Quareo allows you to increase the level of security and continuity of work processes, due to the built-in notification system, report generation and instantaneous reflection in graphical form of information about outages, stops and unauthorized connections immediately upon their occurrence.
According to statistics, more than 70% of all failures in the information network are associated with errors at the physical level. A new system developed by TE Connectivity, with connection point identification technology, can significantly reduce the number of failures.
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