Network Communications News (NCN) NCN-Sept2017 - Page 36

ADVERTISEMENT Preconfigured Cabinets Oli Barrington, managing director UK & Ireland, R&M, talks converting logical designs into physical solutions, without the complexity. M a n y IT depa r t m e nt s s ee la y e r o ne a n d la y e r ze ro in the data c e nt re as an a mo rpho us coll ect io n of w i d get s – a neces s a ry (a nd costly ) evil required to m a ke sy ste ms wo rk. Orga nis at io ns a re generall y lo ath to s pend m o ne y and ‘ mi nd s pa ce’ o n th is . T h at ’ s w hy t hey of ten o nly do s o wh e n the y r un in to dif ficul ties . 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: I  ntegral preconfigured, pretested copper and fibre cabling infrastructure 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:  ensity and per formance D optimisation  educed cabinet space, floor R space and labour costs  eployment in hours rather D than days I  ntegral cabling according to best practices  ultiple LAN and SAN M architectures and protocols supported  ultiple connection types M supported: CAT6, CAT6a, CAT7a, CAT8, OM3, OM4 & OS2 E nhanced physical security  horter patch cords – S maintains tidiness within cabinet  ptimised airflow minimises O energy consumption and risk of heat-related outages Reduction in required skills on site  o pathway systems N suspended from the ceiling  redictable design metrics make P it easier to budget for growth  eplicating and rerouting R switch ports is easy  implified connectivity for S integrated and non-integrated switching fabrics  nables massive density of E servers, network and storage hardware S uitable for HPC environments  6 per cent airflow optimising 8 delivery of cold air to IT R educed energy costs H igh-density zero U cabling system  aceway and basket attach directly R to the top of the cabinet C olour coded, numerical labelling 1 550kg load bearing capability  erforated, lockable, curved steel P front and rear doors E nergy efficient cooling 36 | September 2017 For further information get in touch with Reichle & De-Massari UK on +44 (0) 203 693 7595 or visit