Businesses and organizations worldwide are more dependent thanever upon networks that operate over a broadly distributed physicalinfrastructure layer, comprised of hundreds of millions of cables andconnections. The reliability or fallibility of these networks’ is dependentupon many factors, including comprehensive and accurate statusand documentation, and the ability of network personnel to isolate,troubleshoot, and repair failures.With network challenges and growing complexities, there is a greater need to identifya solution that will confront the following issues head-on:S e c u ri ty Every organization must mitigate the risk of network intrusion to prevent compromise of critical business information. Ever-increasing security threats raise the need for organizations to require complete network visibility and instantaneous intrusion detection.Hi gh Avai l abi l i ty Today’s networks require business continuity, but network operators currently lack visibility into the entire network as the physical layer is excluded from existing network management, monitoring systems and policies. With typically 60 to 80% of unplanned downtime originating in the physical layer, this lack of visibility and management capability poses serious risks to network availability.OPEX The costs associated with network infrastructure maintenance are staggering. Tracking, tracing, discovering and resolving network disruptions have a direct impact on your organization’s IT budgets and bottom line. Accurate knowledge of physical layer network topology leads to less network issues, faster resolution of problems and a reduced OPEX.Compl i an ce There are a variety of government regulations, compliance and reporting requirements regarding how an organization’s data is accessed, transacted and stored. Today’s network management tools simply do not have access to information related to physical layer connections where intrusion detection and accurate logging of events can guarantee network integrity and meet security, compliance and reporting requirements.Capac i ty an d S c al e The ever-increasing amount of network traffic and data storage requirements continues to drive complexity in the network. Data Centers need to be more agile and able to scale their network based on new demands. It is more critical than ever to choose solutions that allow for capacity and flexibility.
TE’s Q u a re o ™To solve these network issues, TE Connectivity introduces Quareo, a game-changingtechnology in the physical layer or layer 1 of the OSI model. This technology is based onunique identifiers for every connection point in the network, where a connection pointcan be defined as one end of an Ethernet cable or a port on a network device. Quareo isa Connection Point Identification Technology™, which provides unprecedented knowledgeabout the network including accurate documentation and reporting of changes, as well asenhanced security; Quareo enables higher network availability while lowering the networkoperating costs for a network, from the data center all the way to the desktop.Wh at is Q u a re o?Quareo is based on microchips that areembedded in connectors of TE’s high- Ope n Syste m Inte rco nne c t i o n M o d e l (OSI)performance copper and fiber networkcabling solutions. These microchips haveinformation related to the cable itself aswell as unique identifiers for each cable.Quareo PathManager software suite is Layer 3 Network Layerable to have real time communication Computer/Phone Sytemswith each cable and network panel.This information is stored in the QuareoPathManager database and is thenused to draw topology maps as well as Layer 2 Data Linkintegrate with industry applications. Layer 1 Physical LayerToday, network managers utilize multiple routers or switches Finally, the same can be said for the appliances, be they IP phones,connected together to effectively run the network. The perception is laptops, PCs, WAPs, etc. These items aren’t directly connected to thethat these routers or switches are physically connected to each other, servers, routers or switches. They are connected to the physical layerbut the reality is that they are actually connected together through that connects them to the servers.the physical layer. Although the network perception is that all these items are connectedThe same is true for application servers. They either have multiple together via a direct connections, the reality is that they are allservers, or partitions of servers are logically connected together connected together through a complex and distributed physicalthrough routers or switches. Again, these servers aren’t physically layer infrastructure.connected to the routers or switches directly. They are connected viathe physical layer.