Simplifying data centre documentation

Why and how to document your data centre racks and slots correctly

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Documenting the racks and slots in a data centre is an essential aspect of the security, efficiency and management of the hardware components that enable IT services and applications. The documentation contains information about the identity, location, status, access rights, specifications, configurations and requirements of each unit. The documentation should be created, updated and reviewed regularly to ensure the quality and reliability of the data centre. Some of the benefits of documenting the racks and slots in a data centre are:
  • Security - The documentation helps to ensure the security of the hardware components by defining the access rights and protocols for each unit. This prevents unauthorised persons from accessing or manipulating the devices. The documentation can also help to check and monitor compliance with security standards and guidelines.
  • Efficiency - Documentation enables efficient use of the available space and resources in a data centre. Documentation makes it easy to determine which units are occupied, free or defective and to plan and act accordingly. Documentation can also help to optimise the performance and energy consumption of hardware components by providing information about their specifications, configurations and requirements.
  • Management - Documentation facilitates the management and maintenance of hardware components in a data centre. Documentation can be used to quickly and easily determine the identity, location and status of each unit and make changes or updates as required. The documentation can also help to improve communication and collaboration between the various teams and departments responsible for operating and supporting the data centre.

Document data centre racks and slots with is a software solution that supports corporate customers to inventory and continuously update their IT landscape, consisting of infrastructure, application landscape and identity management, in a fully automated manner. This image of the real world is also known as a digital twin.
The inventory of the racks and the slots they contain in the data centre can be recorded manually in and correlated with the assets and configuration items of the digital twin.
The following input masks show how easily the specific information on racks and their slots can be recorded. The attributes can be easily customised to meet specific customer requirements. As part of the entry process, inventoried assets & configuration items can be set in relation to the rack or slot.
Figure: Manual entering of rack and slot information
The structure of the data centre can be visualised in using the topology. Here you can see how the slot in the rack can contain a relation to the automatically inventoried physical server or network device.
Figure: Topology of the racks and slots in the data centre and relationship to the servers and network devices behind them


The documentation of racks and slots in a data centre is an important factor for the transparency, security, efficiency and management of the hardware components that provide the IT services and applications. offers a simple way of documenting this and enables relationships to be established with the automatically inventoried servers, network devices, etc.

Author | November 2023

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