DCN April 2017 - Page 18

advertorial Introducing Netscale: a new approach to high density cabling Expectations for IT system reliability are rising, whilst the need for performance and agility is also increasing. In reality, however, capacity plans often lack key information, introducing unnecessary risk into infrastructure managers’ decision making. To ensure capacity and performance plans are based on clear, relevant and up to date information, R&M Netscale delivers the first ultra high density fibre solution with integrated automated infrastructure management (AIM). W ith next generation storage and IP networks in mind, traditional high density solutions based on 72 ports per rack unit simply won’t suffice. Today’s data storage and management requires maximum port density in the smallest possible space. However, the density increase such solutions bring can make capacity planning, cable tracking and fault finding difficult or impossible. As a result, infrastructure managers may be reluctant to introduce higher density. Yet this needn’t be a problem – if an innovative infrastructure automation approach is taken. After all, if engineers had only focused on improving candles, the lightbulb wouldn’t have been invented… By combining next-gen cable management and patch cord design with automated connectivity tracking, R&M Netscale Solutions deliver the world’s highest port density for 10/40/100G Ethernet and for Fibre Channel. Automated infrastructure management The ISO/IEC 18598 standard lists the benefits of AIM: Intrinsic • Accurate documentation • Asset management • Capacity management • Change management • Incident management Ultra high density makes it possible for example to support a SAN director in just a single 1U housing. Software defined network (SDN) architectures can be planned more sensibly. Netscale’s innovative approach to slack-management mitigates cabling damage, reducing risk of downtime. R&M Netscale InteliPhy • Lower cost per port than existing platforms • Smallest diameter uniboot patch cord minimises the cabling bulk 
 • 67 per cent higher density than other legacy ultra high density solutions • Maximise the number of physical servers in a rack • 18 port LC duplex cassettes minimise cabling costs • Easy MACs thanks to smart cable management in back and front Troubleshooting or making decisions regarding infrastructural changes based on incorrect, out of date or unreliable documentation is like walking a tightrope without a safety net. An AIM system is needed to automatically detect when cords are inserted or removed and 18 | April 2017 R&M inteliPhy • Up to 80 RFID-monitored LC duplex / MTP ports per U • 120 standard LC duplex / MTP ports per U • Innovative rear-cabling manager makes connections easy, alleviating risks • Everything monitored and administrated from a common software tool • Entire infrastructure is represented in a consistent, up to date database • Precise real time information on DC’s state and future requirements Extrinsic • IT related systems • IP telephony management • Network management and helpdesk support systems • Information security • Building Management Systems • Energy and lighting management systems • Configuration management database (CMDB) support document cabling infrastructure and connected equipment. AIMs are increasingly being included in new standards from regulatory bodies. R&MinteliPhy automates tracking of network cabling, ensuring the data integrity of the documentation. Data centres will need far more bandwidth than current infrastructure can provide. By designing high density infrastructure with the right kind of flexibility and reliability in mind, and making smart technology choices today, such bottlenecks can be solved and the changing role of data centres can be accommodated now and in the future. For more information, watch the video on rdm.com: https://www.rdm.com/gbr_en/ Home/Products-Markets/Products-in-Focus/ Netscale-Solutions