Every element of a Physical Layer One Network infrastructure goes through a lifecycle from planning, design, installation, maintenance and ultimately, retirement. The concept of ‘Lifecycle Management’ ‘ is not new to the world of IT but it is a new concept to apply ‘Advanced Physcial Layer Lifecycle Management’ (APLLM) principals to structured cabling. Cabling infrastructure is all too often considered a necessary evil, a burden on pathways and spaces, a limiting factor in implementing change, and according to some industry experts a not so infrequent source of network outages. Along with power, cooling and weight, cabling infrastructure was also recently classified as one of the four biggest challenges facing data centres today by Ron Hughes of the California Data Center Design Group.
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