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Dynaming data center infrastructure map

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246528D
Publication Date: 2016-Jun-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 75K

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Abstract

The idea describes a solution for automated generation of the datacenter map (devices, racks, mutual posiotioning of the devices) using small amount of additional resources. It limits the investment and effort needed to achieve the final results as well as eliminates the need to alter already existing infrastructure significantly. The solution is based on devices available currently on the market and uses the already widly spreaded metodologies for calculations.

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Dynaming data center infrastructure map

Modern Data Centers consists of houndreds/thousands of computing elements organized into racks. The hardware expansion or reorganization is also frequent

within each Data Center. Such a great number of devices to manage and service, reveals a need for quick and easy inventory keeping. There is not only the aspect of having a particual device labeled and listed within inventory catalog but also locate it

within a server room and inside each rack. The ability of doing it quickly is one of the aspects of lowering data center maintenance cost. Eliminating the need of updating the inventory map in case of physical changing in the data center, limits the human error and effectively shortens time for locating the rack/device to necessary minimum.

The idea behind this disclosure is to employ the Bluetooth and RFID technologies to build the datacenter infrastructure map. Any hardware (blade, storage, etc) used

within a rack should be labeled with the RFID tag. The small device attached to the top of the rack is equipped in RFID scanner that is able to scan the contents of the rack. The same device is able to send that information to main database using the Bluetooth technology. As each rack standing in the Data Center will have such device attached it will be possible to calculate the location of each rack and then build the infrastructure map together with the content listing for each rack. Proposed solution does not require changes witing current infrastructure nor altering the rack elements itself so costs of implementations are limited to bare minimum - only RFID tags and top devices.

The Radio-frequency identification tag (label) attached to the object becomes its identifier. It is the human responsibility to place the RFID tag on the device and not the information that a particular tag is representing the particular device. Such mapping will be stored in the database (Figure 1a, Figure 1b).

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Within the rack, the RFID tag could be placed on the each element that is subject to be listed in the inventory. It could be the computing element (ex. Blade), storage hardware (HDD, SSD), networking component (switch, router) or so. RFID tag used in this solution should be the passive one. (Figure 2)

Fig. 2

The idea assumes that at the top of each rack a device will be placed. The device...