fiber plant management?

Justin M. Streiner streiner at
Fri Feb 5 19:26:41 UTC 2010

On Fri, 5 Feb 2010, Martin Hannigan wrote:

> Honestly? A spreadsheet will do it.

Our fiber plant is large enough, and enough people make changes that a 
spreadsheet is not a scalable option.


> On 2/4/10, Justin M. Streiner <streiner at> wrote:
>> To those of you who currently operate large campus/metro fiber plants,
>> what are you currently using to track the usage of that plant?  By that I
>> mean things such as:
>> * tracking the number of free/used/unusable strands in a cable
>> * tracking conduit utilization
>> * tying OTDR test results/power meter readings to strands
>> * trying as-built drawings to cable routes and plant assets like
>>  	manholes, junction boxes, transition splice points, duct banks,
>>  	utility poles, etc.
>> * mapping termination bays to cables
>> * tracking cross-connects and splice locations
>> * grouping cable segments and cross-connects together into a path/circuit
>> * utilization reports, etc.
>> I've looked at one or two commercial packages, and might look at more as
>> time permits.  I haven't seen much in the open-source world, and I suspect
>> that many places ended up rolling their own management apps to tie into
>> existing provisioning systems, etc.  It's possible that I could end up
>> going that route as well.
>> jms
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