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Advertisement Preconfigured Cabinets Oli Barrington, managing director UK & Ireland, R&M, talks converting logical designs into physical solutions, without the complexity. M any IT departments see layer one and layer zero in the data centre as an amorphous collection of widgets – a necessary (and costly) evil required to make systems work. Organisations are generally loath to spend money and ‘mind space’ on this. That’s why they often only do so when they run in to difficulties. In reality, this amorphous collection of widgets is – or should be – made up of multiple highly engineered systems that power, cool, connect and protect business processes. What’s more, these systems offer businesses real opportunities to reduce operating costs, build in agility and streamline MACs throughout the facility’s lifecycle. Ultimately, they can bring real and tangible benefits. Features: However, it’s easy to see why organisations postpone upgrading layer one and layer zero services for as long as possible. Disruption, risk, cost and the need for multiple skill sets are all deterrents. For many IT managers, it’s that one task that lurks on the ‘to do’ list – a can of worms that sooner or later will have to be opened. R&M has recognised this – and is now able to provide the market with a solution. Primarily aimed at enterprise, on-premise data centres, R&M’s preconfigured cabinets have connectivity built into the cabinet’s structure, offering 188 10Gb or 96 40Gb connections. These don’t require any valuable rack space and importantly, using MPO connectivity; all internal cabling is configured in the factory. Upon positioning in the data centre, inter-cabinet MPO trunk cables need only be plugged into the cabinet’s connectivity ingress cassette to link all 10 and 40Gb connections to the core network. An optional rear door heat exchanger that removes up to 45kW of heat is available and overhead pathway containment for both copper and fibre fixes directly to dedicated supports on the cabinet’s top cover. With this approach, cabinets become simple building blocks: pre- cabled, pre-labelled and ready to use. Benefits: • Density and performance optimisation • Reduced cabinet space, floor space and labour costs • Deployment in hours rather than days • Integral cabling according to best practices • Multiple LAN and SAN architectures and protocols supported • Multiple connection types supported: CAT6, CAT6a, CAT7a, CAT8, OM3, OM4 & OS2 • Enhanced physical security • Shorter patch cords – maintains tidiness within cabinet • Optimised airflow minimises energy consumption and risk of heat- related outages • Reduction in required skills on site • No pathway systems suspended from the ceiling • Predictable design metrics make it easier to budget for growth • Replicating and rerouting switch ports is easy • Simplified connectivity for integrated and non-integrated switching fabrics • Enables massive density of servers, network and storage hardware • Suitable for HPC environments • Integral preconfigured, pretested copper • 86 per cent airflow optimising • High-density zero U cabling system • Reduced energy costs and fibre cabling infrastructure delivery of cold air to IT • Raceway and basket attach directly to the top of the cabinet • Colour coded, numerical labelling • 1550kg load bearing capability • Perforated, lockable, curved steel front and rear doors • Energy efficient cooling For further information get in touch with Reichle & De-Massari UK on +44 (0) 203 693 7595 or visit www.rdm.com August 2017 | 17