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Network cabling for IBM Portable Data Centre

Siemon : 04 December, 2009  (Application Story)
High performance plug and play cat 6A and 7a cabling infrastructure from Siemon supports the Portable Modular Data Centre from IBM
Network cabling for IBM Portable Data Centre
Siemon announces that its products can be implemented within IBM's innovative Portable Modular Data Centre (PMDC), which is being displayed at the Gartner Data Centre Conference from Dec.1st to Dec. 4th at Ceasar's Palace in Las Vegas. Siemon products include high-performance Cat 6A and 7A twisted pair copper cabling systems, MapIT G2 Infrastructure Management System as well as 10, 40 and 100-Gigabit-Ready, Plug and Play fiber optic cabling solutions.

IBM's PMDC is a high-density containerised data centre solution that allows IBM clients to quickly and easily create or expand existing data centre floor space without major construction or building retrofit. Designed to be both compact and extremely energy-efficient, the PMDC approach can potentially reduce operating costs and carbon footprint.

To further enhance rapid and efficient deployment, IBM's PMDCs are delivered as pre designed modular units that can include power, cooling, fire detection and suppression, access control and more. Designed to provide an open IT infrastructure, the PMDC containers offer complete, equipment-ready racks and cabling systems, supporting a wide array of equipment vendors, types, configurations and mounting styles.

"In a global economy, many organizations are finding they require remote or mobile data centres for installation in a wide variety of locations around the world," said Steve Sams, IBM vice president, Global Site and Facilities Services. "By working with Siemon to deliver innovative products, IBM has been able to provide clients with a flexible and efficient data centre solution, closer to clients, manufacturing sites and remote operations."

As part of a supplier agreement between IBM and Siemon, PDMCs can be delivered with Siemon cabling already installed and ready to connect. Based on IBM client requirements, these pre-installed cabling infrastructures may include any of Siemon's high-performance cabling systems, including the IBM-branded FTS I-Line.. Launched globally as part of IBM's Fibre Transport System (FTS), the IBM FTS I-Line is a specialized offering of high-performance plug and play pre-terminated fibre cabling, developed specifically under Siemon's strict quality guidelines. Constructed of laser optimised multimode and single mode fibre optic cable and components, the IBM FTS I-Line provides IBM's global customers with future-proof support of critical data centre links including 10 Gb/s as well as future 40 and 100 Gb/s applications. Utilized within the PDMC, the IBM FTS I-Line offers a highly flexible and scalable cabling infrastructure, capable of supporting a wide range of vendor equipment configurations with simple plug and play implementation.

IBM's PMDC may also be delivered with Siemon's high-performance twisted pair copper cabling solutions, including end-to-end shielded and UTP copper cabling systems ranging from category 5e to 10Gb/s category 6A to the highest performing fully shielded category 7A TERA system. Global access to Siemon's comprehensive line of copper cabling systems allows IBM to ensure that its PMDC solutions are outfitted with the a high quality, high performance cabling infrastructure to help maximize their clients return on investment and deliver best in class products to supports their clients' requirements, anywhere in the world.
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