NetBox - an open source software for managing and documenting infrastructure in IT and broadcast?

Infrastructure in the broadcast sector is becoming IT - or already is. This means having to manage a lot of cables, patch panels, racks, devices and IP addresses. NetBox is a powerful alternative to the huge Excel lists or plan PDF files that are currently often used. The software is open source and made for managing systems in data centers. Therefore it is also very interesting for the infrastructure of a radio station as a tool for documentation. With NetBox, IP networks and network structures can be mapped logically. Technical locations and racks can be modeled and devices can be created with all their connections. Cable paths can be traced across patches.

Currently, NetBox is mainly used in the IT and data center context. As a central data basis, processes can be simplified and errors avoided with simple web access and rights management. How the approaches and methods can be transferred to the broadcast area and how existing documentation can be adopted will be the topic of the presentation.

Alexander Votteler has implemented RelAix NetBox at the Aachen Internet provider and will report on the system and his experiences.

May 5, 2022 | 16:00-17:00 h


The lecture series Media Event is a joint event of the Fernseh- und Kinotechnische Gesellschaft e.V. (FKTG), Regionalgruppe Thüringen and the Institute for Media Technology at the TU Ilmenau.