Looking for Fiber Plant Management software

Frank A. Coluccio frank at fttx.org
Sat Aug 28 06:06:46 UTC 2010

   CableProject USA offers a free trial and a YT demo video. I can't vouch
   for it, never having witnessed it in operation personally, but it looks
   Cable Management Software runs the full gamut, from simplistic to
   near-ERP in scope, while others (e.g., VPI) also perform
   autoconfiguration and coordinated, parametric link designs for specific
   types of hardware (WDM, Switches/Routers, ROADMs, etc.). One can spend
   anywhere from free to $29.99 to tens of thousands of dollars, so decide
   carefully what you need, know specifically what you're looking for, and
   most of all, caveat emptor.
   --- francois at menards.ca wrote:
   From: Francois Menard <francois at menards.ca>
   To: Jim Devane <jdevane at switchnap.com>
   Cc: Jason Lixfeld <jason at lixfeld.ca>, "nanog at nanog.org"
   <nanog at nanog.org>
   Subject: Re: Looking for Fiber Plant Management software
   Date: Sat, 28 Aug 2010 00:53:04 -0400
   We use Fiberworks from Enghouse.  Its built atop ArcObjects and all
   data is stored in an ARCGIS geodatabase, providing good flexibility to
   get the data brought up on ArcGIS Server (Web) for web-based editing.
   The good thing about this system is that it can also be used for design
   of FTTH as well, and makes it possible to produce for-construction as
   well as as-built drawings (with cut sheets & etc.)
   Our sister company (Xit telecom) which does OSP
   engineering/consulting/GIS can help implement this system.
   Francois D. Menard
   Director of technology
   Xittel telecommunications inc.
   1350 Royale #800
   Trois-Rivieres, QC, G9A 4J4
   Tel: +1 819 601-6633
   Fax: +1 819 374-0395
   fmenard at xittel.net
   On 2010-08-27, at 5:31 PM, Jim Devane wrote:
   > OSP Insight. Pricey but an excellent tool for OSP documentation.
   > -----Original Message-----
   > From: khatfield at socllc.net [mailto:khatfield at socllc.net]
   > Sent: Friday, August 27, 2010 2:24 PM
   > To: Jason Lixfeld; Jeff Saxe
   > Cc: nanog at nanog.org
   > Subject: Re: Looking for Fiber Plant Management software
   > Most of the ones I have seen (2 out of 3) were inhouse/home-grown
   > I believe the other was provided by SA (Scientific Atlanta). I tried
   to do a quick search on it and it appears that product may now be
   provided by Cisco in partnership with SA.
   > Best of luck
   > -----Original Message-----
   > From: Jason Lixfeld <jason at lixfeld.ca>
   > Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:13:35
   > To: Jeff Saxe<JSaxe at briworks.com>
   > Cc: <nanog at nanog.org>
   > Subject: Re: Looking for Fiber Plant Management software
   > I've got a client who uses AutoCAD.  They use it exclusively and have
   a pretty big fibre network for someone who's not an ILEC, so I guess it
   works fairly well.
   > On 2010-08-27, at 11:39 AM, Jeff Saxe wrote:
   >> Good morning, NANOGers. My colleague at work wonders if anyone has
   suggestions for software to database all our fiber plant that we're
   constructing. We started out with paper, then Excel spreadsheets in a
   folder and on paper in a book, but clearly as our plant grows and we do
   more splicing this is not going to scale. We have started a MySQL
   database with a few tables, but wonder if someone has already invented
   this wheel.
   >> What do the "big boys" use? Homegrown solutions developed in-house
   and jealously guarded? Something standard? Expensive or cheap? Free
   open-source? He'd like to see...
   >> outside plan facilities: cables, fibers, splice points, poles;
   copper and fiber, preferably, but fiber is more important
   >> "circuit" or "DLR" that knows what elements are involved in a
   >> GIS integration so that cables can be drawn on a map automagically
   >> low cost, of course
   >> Thanks in advance, everyone.
   >> -- Jeff Saxe, Network Engineer
   >> Blue Ridge InternetWorks, Charlottesville, VA
   >> 434-817-0707 ext. 2024  /  JSaxe at briworks.com


   1. http://www.cableprojectusa.com/

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