by Brandon Amick
If you are a long-time user, you may know it better as the Fiber Application. The Fiber Application is now the Telecom Module and recently it has been significantly upgraded to provide more features and feature improvements, and to support a broader scope of equipment. Today we will look at a few of these enhancements.
Drag and Drop functionality within the Structure Browser
One of our favorite new enhancements is a fantastic quality of life improvement. The Structure Browser has always been a great tool to use as a window into a Structure. Now you have the ability to drag and drop Enclosures, Equipment, and the new Non-Network Assets within the browser to change their location within the Structure from one Enclosure to another, for example. This not only updates the display of the browser, but is actually updating your data behind the scenes to reflect this visual update.
Support for Non-Network Assets
The Equipment that needs to be tracked on a daily basis does not always connect to a company’s telecom network. In order to keep track of important Equipment that may not be a network device, such as security Equipment, video cameras, etc. the new feature type Non-Network Assets has been created. This gives users the ability to create Equipment at a Structure that has no network connectivity, but can be placed within the Structure itself or within one of its internal Enclosures.
Support for Fiber to Copper connections
In the past it has only been possible to create copper Circuits and fiber Circuits. Now, with the addition of support for DB9, DB15, and Amphenol 50 pin connections, it is possible to create a Circuit that starts as a fiber line that goes from one Structure to another, terminates into a DB9 connection, and then continues on as the same Circuit along copper lines.
The ability to create SONET and DWDM Circuits
In past iterations, a user was able to use a Circuit builder workflow to create Fiber and Copper Circuits between terminating endpoints. This functionality has been enhanced to allow the creation of SONET rings and DWDM Circuits through a similar dialogue. Additionally, the same “auto-creation” capabilities exist. Both new workflows will programmatically generate possible paths for the corresponding the endpoints, or endpoint in the case of SONET rings, until the user chooses one or it runs out of possible alternatives.
Create nested Communications Circuits and Diagrams
Along with the ability to create SONET and DWDM Circuits, there now exists the capability to create nested communications Circuits. Users now have a workflow and helper dialog that will create a communications Circuit that can contain multiple Circuits – even other communications Circuits – and generate a diagram showing the end-to-end connections of the overarching Communications Circuit.
New Diagram Types
With the addition of DWDM and SONET support, new Diagrams have been created to view a representation of the DWDM Circuits or SONET rings. Other new diagram types include Fiber Optic Network Diagram (FONT), MPLS Diagram, and IMUX Diagram, which are all individual diagrams that show an overall representation of their contents across your entire network. Additionally, the FONT diagram can be represented at the Site or Structure level.
Support for Microwave and Wave Guide Devices
With the mention of an MPLS Diagram you have almost certainly deduced that support needed to be added for Microwave and Wave Guide devices, and it has. New Microwave Tower and Microwave Reflector Structures have been created along with corresponding Microwave Equipment and Microwave Links, which mimic a Fiber Cable in Map 3D in some ways to represent data travelling across a Microwave medium, while still allowing for connectivity, circuiting, and so on.
Multiplexers are now configurable
In the past, Multiplexers were represented as a single device and most companies would create multiple “Multiplexers” and name them something akin to Multiplexer 501, Card 1 or something to that effect in order to simulate a multiple card multiplexer. Now Multiplexers have multiple Slots and those slots have multiple Card configurations available for each slot. These are all configured using Administrator workflows to create the possible configurations that allow a user to activate the appropriate Cards for each Multiplexer within Map 3D, and connect Cables to each card appropriately.
We are extremely excited about all of these new changes and hope that you are too! Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can answer any further questions.