DCN August 2016 - Page 44

products & innovations New metric to assess and visualise data centre cooling performance, launched by The Green Grid The Green Grid has developed a new multi-metric view that will provide a broader understanding of a data centre’s cooling performance and enable data centre managers to take more informed decisions to maximise performance. The new addition to the metric family builds on the success of PUE with its focus on power ratios (PUEr) to include IT thermal conformance and resilience to demonstrate performance during both normal operations and in failure scenarios. The Performance Indicator will enable data centre operators to predict the impact of proposed changes before implementation and choose configurations that deliver the best combination of efficiency, resilience and conformance for the organisation.  The Performance Indicator combines three key metrics: PUE ratio, IT Thermal Conformance and IT Thermal Resilience. These metrics were developed to adequately reflect how equipment is cooled during normal operation, maintenance conditions, and failure scenarios to ensure that the assessed facility maintains its ability to house and protect IT equipment throughout its life. Additionally, using these metrics will allow data centre operators to visualise the impact of changes they make to maintain acceptable thermal performance, while improving energy efficiency.  For further information visit: www.thegreengrid.org 44 PANDUIT LAUNCHES HD FLEX 2.0 FIBRE CABLING SYSTEM FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE DATA CENTRES Panduit has launched its new HD Flex 2.0 fibre cabling system. The latest addition to Panduit’s expansive line of fibre solutions, the HD Flex 2.0 fibre cabling system has been designed for ease of integration with existing fibre infrastructure by accommodating fibre cassettes and fibre adaptor panels (FAPs) with different port counts within the same innovative enclosure and panel. Six-port or 12-port cassettes and FAPs can be deployed in virtually any combination to achieve up to 144-fibres (LC) or 864-fibres (MPO) per rack unit. This solution enables seamless port migrat