Brand-Rex scales the heights at Al Abdul Wahab Gholam Tower

Brand-Rex has been awarded a project to provide network infrastructure for the prestigious Al Abdul Wahab Gholam Tower, further demonstrating its strength in the Middle East region and in particular its commitment to the Qatar market.

Currently undergoing construction in the prestigious West Bay district of Doha in the state of Qatar, Al Abdul Wahab Gholam Tower will be a state-of-the-art hotel and residential apartment building. As the most recently developed area of the city, West Bay is home to some of its tallest and most impressive buildings, with 40 storeys within its striking design, Al Abdul Wahab Gholam Tower will be in good company.

Located close to the beach in what is the diplomatic centre of Doha, the area attracts some of the city’s top executives and government officials. Al Abdul Wahab Gholam Tower’s owners will be looking to appeal to this demographic and therefore the project’s design consultant, MZ & Partners, is making every effort to ensure that it contains the very best building services infrastructure, incorporating the latest technology.

The consultants, MZ & Partners and main contractor SAK Trading & Contracting recognised early on in the design phase that in order to create an ‘intelligent building’ the correct IT network infrastructure would be vital. They demanded a network cabling system capable of supporting network speeds of 10 Gigabit Ethernet, in order to support a diverse array of building services technology including wired and wireless Internet, IP security and access control.

After completing a tender process, local IT expert, Zerone Technologies, was awarded the contract to specify, design, supply and install a suitable network infrastructure. The company’s senior sales manager, Sourabh Singh, explains, ‘We have developed an excellent reputation for our ability to provide best in class technology for a range of projects and boast a dedicated and highly motivated service oriented team. After listening to the requirements of MZ & Partners I had no hesitation in recommending a solution from Brand-Rex comprising 10GPlus copper for the horizontal connectivity and premises distribution cables (PDC) from the company’s FibrePlus portfolio for the backbone.’

Zerone Technologies has worked with Brand-Rex for many years and, as a Premier Partner, is able to issue its globally renowned 25-year system warranty. Singh comments, ‘We have completed many installations of 10GPlus and have always been thoroughly impressed with its capabilities. The warranty means that our customers have peace of mind that their chosen solution will perform as expected for the lifetime of the installation.’

10GPlus is a 3P (Third Party Testing) approved cabling system that not only meets and exceeds the performance outlined in EIA/TIA for Category 6A, but also meets and exceeds requirements in ISO/IEC for Class EA. The 10GPlus system therefore has unparalleled levels of certification and is manufactured in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001:2008.

After discussing the relative merits of shielded and unshielded cable, it was decided to use the latter. Asked why, Alaa Habanjar, country manager for Qatar, Kuwait and Levant?at Brand-Rex, replies, ‘Although there was some initial concern regarding the ability of unshielded twisted pair to achieve 10 Gigabit Ethernet performance due to alien crosstalk issues, Brand-Rex 10GPlus U/UTP has a unique Reuleaux shaped cable that reduces interference from adjacent cables and incorporates very highly balanced pairs. Its performance is also independently verified in 100m length testing for both the cable and the channel configurations.’

As well as installing 10GPlus, the specification also called for a fibre optic cabling backbone. Sourabh Singh says, ‘We wanted a solution that offered high levels of resilience and, due to the building’s use, an outstanding level of fire safety performance. The PDC range from Brand-Rex met all of these requirements and more.’

The Brand-Rex PDC products are compact and provider excellent tensile performance. The cables are based on a 900?m tight-buffered fibre. The universal construction enables them to be used internally and externally without the need for transition cable joints. With a low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) construction, they will be installed in the entire backbone of Al Abdul Wahab Gholam Tower’s network and directly terminated at a consolidation points.

With the building programme currently on schedule, the project will be completed by 2016. The final word goes to Zerone Technologies’ Sourabh Singh, who concludes, ‘The network cabling infrastructure we are installing using products from Brand-Rex will ensure that Al Abdul Wahab Gholam Tower is able to offer its occupants the very best communications platform, while maximising the potential of its building services technology.’

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ABOUT BRAND-REX
Brand-Rex is a global operation, designing, developing and manufacturing the most sophisticated, high performance copper and fibre cabling systems for communications and extreme environment applications. Headquartered in Scotland, the company is committed to being a trusted market leading provider of best-in-class communications infrastructure solutions. As well as developing products and systems of the highest quality, the company is entirely carbon neutral and offsets all the CO2 created by the manufacture and distribution of its products. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Data Centre Deconstruction to Help Fund Junior Football

BRX0669 playing for succesBRX0669 Euroborg niceBrand-Rex has once again demonstrated that being environmentally responsible not only promotes sustainability, but also leads to lower costs and protects the company’s bottom line.

In collaboration with Essent, the leading power utility in the Netherlands, Brand-Rex were able to help them recover and recycle 91 per cent of all the materials from two end of life data centres they were retiring. This added up to a total of 8,385kg of cables, cords, servers, racks, wall ducts and other materials. Not only did this cover all of the costs of deconstruction and recovery but it produced a significant surplus of revenue from the recycled materials.

Having produced a surplus from their co-operation on this project the two companies decided to donate the revenue to another sustainable initiative. It was determined that “Playing for Success”, an after-school programme for 9 to 14 year olds who are not achieving their potential at school, an initiative local to Essent would be the appropriate choice

On non-match days in the Euroborg Sport Stadium children are encouraged through football to engage their interest where conventional teaching methods have failed.

To make the whole initiative ‘sustainable’ Essent and project partners have installed 500 solar panels on the roof of the stadium and Essent with Brand-Rex are donating the full revenue from five of these panels for the next 25 years.

Jeroen Loonstra, Regional Sales Director of Brand-Rex, said “It is very rewarding for Brand-Rex to be in a position to contribute to such a worthy cause that also creates a tangible value for both the company and our partner. With this initiative, which it is hoped will help thousands of young people over the next 25 years gain better access to education, Brand-Rex has demonstrated once again that it’s more profitable to be green”.

ABOUT BRAND-REX
Brand-Rex is a global operation, designing, developing and manufacturing the most sophisticated, high performance copper and fibre cabling systems for communications and extreme environment applications. Headquartered in Scotland, the company is committed to being a trusted market leading provider of best-in-class communications infrastructure solutions. As well as developing products and systems of the highest quality, the company is entirely carbon neutral and offsets all the CO2 created by the manufacture and distribution of its products. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Raritan Solves The Intelligent PDU Retrofit Problem Without Downtime

Raritan, leader in high accuracy intelligent power monitoring and metering has designed a completely new retrofit power monitoring system suitable for both new and existing data centres. The technology is designed for ‘live’ installation, without any need for downtime or business interruption.

 

Operators of legacy data centres often look enviously at more modern facilities with intelligent power distribution units (PDUs) and their metering and monitoring reports. Without these modern systems, data centre  operators cannot easily tell how much additional equipment they can safely put in a rack – or how dangerously close they are to tripping a circuit breaker. (If a circuit breaker trips a whole rack or even row could lose power – with disastrous results for services and customers).

 

The problem in most legacy data centres has been that retrofitting in-line PDU’s involves downtime, which is normally unacceptable. Until now, that is.

 

Launching the new product, Raritan’s Richard May said, “Raritan’s new BCM (Branch Circuit Monitoring) needs no downtime for installation. It uses high accuracy split-core clamps that simply attach around existing supply cables.  The data from these clamps is combined with voltage monitoring information.  The non-invasive BCM installation then supplies the business with invaluable data including, power (kW), apparent power (kVA), energy (kWh) plus power factor (PF) as well as load balance on three-phase systems.”

 

Each Raritan BCM unit can monitor the incoming single phase or three phase feeds to a distribution panel plus up to 21 tributary or branch circuits to the rack’s A&B feed PDUs.

 

Multiple BCM units are connected together for larger panels and network connections are made using Wi-Fi or RJ45. Utilising industry standard SNMP protocols, the unit cleanly integrates into existing management and data collection systems.

 

Information is Power

Raritan BCM integrates direct to the Raritan Power IQ and dcTrack management software systems in exactly the same way as intelligent PDUs in new data centres.

 

This means that by the non-intrusive installation of Raritan BCM and either Power IQ or dcTrack software, legacy data centres can now easily have the full functionality enjoyed by newer facilities:

–       An increase in available power by ensuring that branch circuits are suitably loaded but never overloaded.

–       Avoiding pockets of ‘stranded’ (and hence un-used) power, maximising your data centre investment.

–       A complete, accurate view of branch circuit loading

–       Improved balance of loads

–       Monitoring and ensuring that breaker-trips are avoided except in true emergencies.

–       Accurately bill customers/users or user departments for energy usage.

–       Accurately measure PUE

–       Support energy saving and ‘green’ initiatives.

For more information visit  www.raritan.eu/bcm or contact Raritan at sales.uk@raritan.com or +44 207 090 139

 

Brand-Rex Appoints Andy Sharkey As Sales Director

BRX0617_Andy Sharkey_SalesDirector_Brand-RexLeading data networking solutions provider Brand-Rex has appointed Andy Sharkey as its new sales director, based at the company’s headquarters in Glenrothes, Scotland.

Andy is a highly qualified professional with over 22 years experience in the IT industry, most recently holding the position of regional business director at Panduit.

Commenting on his new position, Andy said “I am excited to join Brand-Rex and look forward to combining my industry knowledge and experience to lead the sales organisation as we move the  business forward.”

At Brand-Rex Andy will be responsible for all aspects of sales strategy development and deployment. His appointment will further strengthen the senior management team ensuring ongoing support for the company’s channel and system integrator partners.  Andy’s wide ranging experience across international markets will be instrumental in realising the company’s plans to extend its territorial footprint.

Commenting on the appointment, Martin Hanchard, CEO, Brand-Rex, said, “We are delighted to welcome Andy to the Brand-Rex management team and look forward to his strategic contribution to the Board. His extensive experience and sales leadership credentials will help ensure we achieve our long term growth aspirations.

Brand-Rex Partners with Allied Telesis

AndyBlack3-W600Leading data network solutions provider Brand-Rex today announced it has signed an EcoSystem Partnership with IP networking infrastructure provider Allied Telesis.

 

Allied Telesis is a leading global network infrastructure provider with more than 25 years design and manufacture experience, resulting in an extensive portfolio of solutions that offer end-to-end networking to enterprise and service providers.

 

The EcoSystem Partner Program is designed to bring together technology partners who provide complimentary products and services. The new partnership will allow Brand-Rex and Allied Telesis to offer a complete network solution to meet the demands of new and existing customers.

 

Announcing the new partnership, Piero Bottini, Program Manager at Allied Telesis commented, “The EcoSystem partner program brings together best in class suppliers to leverage expertise and create bespoke solutions for multiple markets.”

 

“Having worked with Brand-Rex on a number of projects we concluded that their commitment to quality and advanced technology, matched our own objectives and solutions-based philosophy.”

 

Andrew Black , Technical Marketing Manager at Brand-Rex commented, “Participating in the EcoSystem program provides an opportunity to expand our knowledge of IP hardware equipment and associated technologies that benefit from our high performance cabling solutions.”

 

Brand-Rex and Allied Telesis will promote their new EcoSystem partnership through a series of events and campaigns.  To find out more or to contact us please visit www.brand-rex.com.

 

Brand-Rex and How United Services Announce New Partnership

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, is set to increase its presence and activity in the Middle East thanks to a new partnership with How United Services (HUS).

 

Established in 2000 by Interserve UK and Al Darwish United, HUS was developed as a company to deliver state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical, power and maintenance services to a diverse range of clients. Today, the company employs over 1,400 experienced staff and site operatives and its operations are supported by a number of strategically located personnel that offer comprehensive logistical support.

 

Qatar has witnessed phenomenal growth in recent years. Its construction sector is thriving due to an abundance of major infrastructure and facilities building projects that are related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

 

This, combined with the Qatar National Vision 2030 programme, which aims to create a sustainable economy and advance the standard of living of its people, means that HUS’ services are in high demand.

 

Carole Ann Taylor Williams, marketing manager at HUS, commented, ‘We are proud to be a part of this growth through the delivery of numerous projects across all spheres of construction. We work with blue chip clients such as RasGas, Exxon Mobile and Qatar Airways and we are increasingly involved with delivering high-end structured cabling projects. We recognise Brand-Rex as a major player in the provision of innovative network infrastructure products and systems, and consider Approved Partner status as an excellent way to develop this relationship for our mutual benefit.’

 

An Approved Partner, HUS is part of the Brand-Rex Business Partner Program, which offers a wide range of incentives such as project support, technical assistance, training and education, dedicated account management and a vast array of marketing collateral to help partners maximise their revenue generating activities. By working closely with Brand-Rex account managers, partners are encouraged to utilise as many benefits as possible and in order to offer the ultimate in peace of mind to end users, they are also able to issue the industry renowned Brand-Rex 25-year system warranty.

 

‘The appointment of HUS serves to further strengthen our commitment to developing and supporting our growing operations in the state of Qatar,’ concluded Brand-Rex country manager, Alaa Habanjar. ‘We look forward to working together with HUS on some of the most exciting projects in the Middle East and providing customers with some of the most advanced structured cabling systems currently available in the world.

 

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Brand-Rex Appoints Aldo Strawbridge to Top Regional Post for Middle East

Aldo Strawbridge Brand-Rex Middle East Regional Sales DirectorFollowing recent growth in the Middle East, data networking solutions provider Brand-Rex, is delighted to announce the appointment of Aldo Strawbridge as Regional Sales Director.

Taking up his post in August, Aldo will be based out of the Brand-Rex Regional HQ in Dubai. With partners in 12 countries throughout the region, he expects to spend much of his time visiting customers over the first few months to gain a detailed understanding of their needs and challenges.

Aldo Strawbridge said, “Information and communication technology is at the heart of every organisation’s activities. In the Middle East we are seeing a significant increase in demand. A major driver is the requirement for new infrastructure solutions resulting from the convergence of CCTV, building management, security and access control systems to Internet Protocol (IP). Instead of deploying five or six separate cabling networks through the entire building, just a single converged network is needed. This leads to significant cost savings and improved system integration. Brand-Rex has been developing IP/Ethernet structured cabling solutions for over two decades and is at the forefront of converged network solutions.”

Aldo will join Brand-Rex from NEC UK where he previously held the role of Director of Sales and Service Operations. Aldo has been involved in the telecoms industry for over 35 years and brings with him experience of the Middle East market, having previously worked for Lucent Technologies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Announcing the appointment, Brand-Rex CEO Martin Hanchard said,
“I am delighted to welcome Aldo to the Brand-Rex team. His extensive business development and industry experience will be pivotal to help drive our plans to extend our reach throughout the Middle East and to continue to provide our customers with excellent support and service. Brand-Rex has been active in the Region since the 1990’s and has an impressive track record of reference projects including Dubai’s Silicon Oasis HQ in UAE, Bahrain Financial Harbour and Hamad Medical City in Qatar”

Aldo Strawbridge welcomes contact from customers and prospective customers and partners. He can be contacted at astrawbridge@brand-rex.com or via the Dubai Regional HQ on +971 (4)454 8644

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Brand-Rex takes centre stage at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall Milton Court1, Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, is proud to announce that its products and systems have been used extensively within the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s new £90m Milton Court facility in London.

Offering aspiring musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians a creative and stimulating environment in which to develop as artists and professionals, Milton Court is a state-of-the-art teaching and performance building and, as such, it requires the best possible network infrastructure for its staff, students and visitors.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Head of IT, Richard Antonel, was charged with overseeing the implementation of a network infrastructure that could provide the highest possible levels of performance and future proofing. He explained, ‘The scope was to install a high specification structured cabling system that would last in excess of 25 years. We decided to install 10Gbit/s to every outlet. After carrying out research I decided the Brand-Rex 10GPlus Category 6A system would offer the best combination of value, reliability and longevity.’

Chris Chandler, technical manager at Brand-Rex, who advised on the system design commented, ‘For this environment a shielded foil twisted pair (F/FTP) low smoke zero halogen (LSOH) cable was the most appropriate option due to the quantity of electrical services in the building that could cause electromagnetic interference (EMI). Over 150km of it was used to configure 2,000 10GBASE-T channels and, in addition, singlemode (OS2) and multimode (OM4) optical fibre from our FibrePlus range has been used in the campus wide area network (WAN) and internal backbones respectively.’

A truly converged multimedia environment, as well as running data, voice and video conferencing applications, the IT infrastructure at Milton Court has to be able to handle the many radio and TV broadcasts that will be made from the new facilities as well as supporting the Guildhall’s recording studios for sound and video. It will also facilitate a large digital signage system, as well as wireless networking to accommodate the increasing preference for ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) functionality amongst students. It is also used to network a building management system (BMS) that operates access control, CCTV, and heating and ventilation.

As a third party tested and approved cabling system, 10GPlus not only meets and exceeds the performance outlined in EIA/TIA for Category 6A, but also meets and exceeds requirements in ISO/IEC for Class EA. The 10GPlus system therefore has unparalleled levels of certification and is manufactured in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001:2008.

Antonel is confident that Milton Court’s communications infrastructure will fully support the technologies of the future. He concluded, ‘Milton Court will open in September and I know that its network infrastructure will perfectly complement and enhance the outstanding quality of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s training and the success of its graduates.’

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About the Guildhall School
The Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the heart of the City of London. Rated No.1 specialist institution in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2013, the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice which promotes innovation, experiment and research, with nearly 900 students in higher education, drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world. It is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians. The School is widely recognised for the quality of its teaching and its graduates, and the new building, Milton Court, will offer state-of-the-art facilities to match the talent within its walls, ensuring that students enter their chosen profession at the highest level.

Milton Court will have a new 608-seat concert hall plus two theatres (227- seat and studio), three rehearsal rooms, television studio suite, departments for costume, wigs and make-up, office space, tutorial rooms and public foyers. This will allow the School to offer facilities commensurate with those in the profession, helping to attract the most highly regarded teachers and best students internationally. The total cost of Milton Court is £89 million. The two foundation donors are Heron International and the City of London, and together they have generously provided a combined contribution of £75 million. The School is raising the remaining £13.5 million to fully equip the building to the highest professional standards.

With the opening of Milton Court the cultural quarter in the heart of the City of London will stretch from the School’s two buildings and the Barbican on Silk Street up to the Barbican’s two new cinemas, and northwards to LSO St Luke’s on Old Street, offering a richly varied range of venues and performances spaces. The Milton Court Concert Hall will also be used by the Barbican’s two new Associate Ensembles – the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia – where part of their Barbican season performances will take place, for Barbican classical and contemporary own promotions and commercial hire, as well as for Creative Learning, the Barbican’s joint outreach division with the School.

ABOUT BRAND-REX
Brand-Rex is a global operation, designing, developing and manufacturing the most sophisticated, high performance copper and fibre cabling systems for communications and extreme environment applications. Headquartered in Scotland, the company is committed to being a trusted market leading provider of best-in-class communications infrastructure solutions. As well as developing products and systems of the highest quality, the company is entirely carbon neutral and offsets all the CO2 created by the manufacture and distribution of its products. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Fifth Year At The Top For Brand-Rex

Martin Hanchard CEO Brand-RexFor the fifth year running Brand-Rex, the data networks solutions provider has re-affirmed its leadership position in the UK market for volume of structured cabling systems sold.

The latest independent market research report conducted by specialist building consultants BSRIA – shows Brand-Rex shipping a significant 15 per cent more ‘outlets’ than its closest rival. In product terms. ‘Outlets’ represent complete system solutions, incorporating copper data cables, patch panels, patch cords and outlet sockets.

Martin Hanchard, CEO at Brand-Rex commented, “It is very pleasing to note that although certain manufacturers sell more cable kilometres and others more component units, Brand-Rex remains the preferred UK supplier for fully integrated solutions.“

According to the research, Brand-Rex has 18.6 per cent of the UK market by volume with 1.33 million outlets sold in 2012 compared to the market total of 7.13 million.

A star performer for Brand-Rex last year was its Data Centre Zone Cable product. Thinner than competing 10Gigabit/s cables this innovation has been a real success with installers. By reducing overcrowding in equipment racks and solving the problems of conventional cables blocking under-floor flows of vital refrigerated air, end users and system integrators can more efficiently plan their Data Networks.

“We have secured exciting new UK contracts including Manchester City FC’s new training ground; media companies MTV and Viacom; Odeon Cinemas; The Welsh Assembly; and the South Glasgow Super-Hospital. Brand-Rex has also supported many of the London Olympics venues,” said Hanchard.

Despite the challenging economic climate in the UK, Brand-Rex continues to invest heavily in new product development – evidenced by the launch of its Fibre Superset, a complete range of 10 to 40 Gigabit migratable and 10-to-40-to-100 Gigabit migratable products. Unlike most products these are designed for in-situ re-configuration to higher speeds providing for the much sought after future proofing required by network managers and specifiers.

“Brand-Rex environmental credentials continue to contribute substantially to the company’s success. Brand-Rex leads the industry,” said Hanchard, “we were first in the world to be able to state that our complete global operations were carbon neutral and continue to challenge ourselves every day to further develop this competitive advantage.”

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Brand-Rex Launches New Structured Cabling Systems Catalogue

 Brand Rex New Cabling CatalogueBrand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has just announced the completion of its latest catalogue, which details its entire range of structured cabling systems.

The 2013 Structured Cabling Systems catalogue is easy to navigate and features more than 7,500 products and over 178 pages, including up-to-date information and technical data regarding the company’s range of copper, optical fibre, data centre and intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) systems. As well as including a comprehensive overview of the well known 10GPlus, Cat6Plus, GigaPlus, FibrePlus, Blolite, MTConnect and SmartPatch ranges, latest innovations such as the 10GPlus PCB Patch Panel Set and MT Connect SuperSet pre-terminated fibre optic cabling range are also profiled.

‘The new Structured Cabling Systems catalogue represents the culmination of over 40 years of design and manufacturing excellence,’ commented Audrey O’Brien, marketing communications manager at Brand-Rex. ‘With over 200 new products featured in its pages, it is an essential tool for those involved in the specification and installation of network infrastructures, and its design and layout makes finding information about our systems quicker and easier than ever before.’

Although previous editions have been published in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as English, this year’s Structured Cabling Systems catalogue has for the first time been produced in a French version due to demand from those countries where it is the mother tongue.

Also, in line with Brand-Rex’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, and as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, the catalogue will be available in an electronic format. Installers will be able to download a fully searchable PDF of the catalogue, while those that prefer a hard copy version will be able to obtain one that is printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved paper.

The new Brand-Rex Structured Cabling Systems catalogue will be available from early April. A copy can be requested by emailing marketing@brand-rex.com or at www.brand-rex.com/newcatalogue

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Brand-Rex launches 10GPlus PCB Patch Panel Set

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has introduced its new 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCB Patch Panel Set. It has been developed to maximise flexibility in data centre design by providing a high-density solution that has plug and play functionality.

Part of the company’s innovative 10GPlus portfolio, the PCB Patch Panel Set has been developed in response to the increasing use of 10 Gigabit Ethernet within the data centre. It comprises a ½U shielded patch panel, a 1U shielded patch panel and a consolidation point module. The PCB construction complements the existing Brand-Rex modular Snap-In-Jack 10 Gigabit Ethernet patch panels and the modules can also be pre-terminated off-site.

Supporting 24 ports and delivering true Category 6A/Class EA performance, the 10GPlus PCB ½U patch panel is perfect for applications where space is at a premium and a high-density solution with maximum airflow is required. Eddie McGinley, product manager at Brand-Rex, explained: ‘It is compatible with all standard 19 inch racks and cabinets, enabling 48 terminations in just a single U. Our new patch panel also meets the specific demands of customers that require a very high port density in the smallest possible area.’

The 10GPlus PCB ½U patch panel is designed with four shielded modular units each comprising six ports, and an easy to remove cover that allows the modules to be removed from the panel when required. All panels are backward compatible with Category 5e and Category 6 systems to enable future proofing, and the panel has also been designed with a cable management/strain relief feature built into the rear.

Like the ½U version, the 10GPlus PCB 1U patch panel is supplied with cable ties, mounting accessories and short form installation instructions. Both have plug and play modules that can be interchanged and separated from the patch panel. Although they can be pre-terminated off-site, they also offer a conventional termination method and are fitted with LSA punch down blocks as standard. All ports are identified numerically for both TIA 568 A and B wiring applications and have an additional writeable surface for ease of port numbering.

The 10GPlus PCB consolidation point (CP) comprises six RJ45 ports and can be supplied as a low profile stand-alone module or with mounting brackets. This allows for secure fixing under floors or walls. The cover can be easily removed to gain access to the LSA insulation displacement connectors (IDC) and screen clamps for termination, while the module base and cover are made from a metallised plastic which offers a lightweight construction and excellent screening characteristics.

‘By introducing the 10GPlus PCB Patch Panel Set Brand-Rex offers a high density solution that can fully support the growth of 10 Gigabit Ethernet in high-end applications,’ concluded McGinley. ‘Combined with our world renowned manufacturing excellence, it is part of our ongoing commitment to provide best in class solutions that meet every requirement of the modern data centre.’
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Brand-Rex Premier Partner Boston Networks Secure Multi-million Pound Contract At The New South Glasgow Hospital

Networking company to design and deliver cutting edge Cabling Infrastructure, IP CCTV and IP Access Control solutions for Europe’s new super hospital.

 

Brand-Rex Premier Partner Boston Networks has secured a multi million pound contract to design and deliver a state of the art cabling infrastructure and security solution at the New South Glasgow Hospital. The intelligent network will encompass; Structured Cabling, IP CCTV and IP Access Control; with the main building alone covering 165,000m² of floor space, spanning 14 floors.

 

Currently under construction by Brookfield Multiplex for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, the hospital is scheduled for completion in 2015, the development will give Glasgow one of the most advanced adult acute services hospitals in the UK and will be the biggest critical care complex in Scotland; therefore the facilities need to be future proofed using the best of breed technology.

 

The Boston Networks engineering team will deploy over 1.5 million metres of Brand-Rex Shielded 10GPlus Augmented Category 6 cabling to deliver a highly secure, robust, scalable and intelligent network. Moreover, the high performance network will act as the backbone for the entire campus’s IP CCTV and Access control solution; providing unrivalled levels of security throughout the new hospital.

 

Sustainability is a key factor for both Brand-Rex and Boston Networks with every effort being made to minimise both carbon emissions and waste, for the duration of the project. In addition to sourcing local labour, Boston Networks and Brand-Rex, will store all the materials for the project within a 4 mile radius of the site as well as returning all of the cabling drums directly to the Brand-Rex Glenrothes Headquarters, so that they can be quickly re-used and sent back into circulation.

 

Commenting on the recent win, Scott McEwan, managing director, Boston Networks states “This is a very exciting project to be involved in. Working closely with our partners at Mercury Engineering, Brookfield Multiplex,and Brand-Rex, Boston Networks is committed to ensuring the new super hospitals communication infrastructure and security solution exceeds the gold standards of this truly remarkable campus. Moreover, it is rewarding and very important to Boston Networks to contribute to the sustainability of our local economy, via the creation of apprenticeships and employment opportunities”.

 

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Brand-Rex Appoints New CEO

Brand-Rex today announced the appointment of Martin Hanchard as its new CEO, effective from 3rd January 2013. In tandem Paul Lines announced his retirement from the position, which he has held for the past decade.

Martin has a long and successful career in the power and telecommunication cables and systems industry, having been with Pirelli/Prysmian cables for over twenty years, most recently the Chairman and CEO of the company’s North American business. Martin has also been heavily involved over the years as a member of various industry committees and standards bodies including Europakabel, Eurotelcab and the International Cable Federation.

Incoming CEO, Martin Hanchard said, ‘I have watched with interest as Brand-Rex has restructured and grown during Paul’s tenure and I am very excited to work with both the team at Brand-Rex and the owner Murray Capital. I see many benefits in the Private Equity business model which has given Brand-Rex a great platform from which to grow and continue to succeed. I am looking forward to the challenge and see a great future for Brand-Rex to continue as the technology leader it undoubtedly is, while extending its existing global footprint.”

Martin concluded, “I take up the post officially on 3rd January 2013 but I am delighted that the board and I have persuaded Paul to remain in the capacity as President of Brand-Rex so that his experience and expertise remains available to the company.

“Brand-Rex has a great pedigree of technological innovation and commands a leadership position in 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s migration. Our recent carbon neutral achievements have also demonstrated leadership in environmental initiatives. I foresee significant medium and long-term growth potential in our data cabling and specialty cable markets in which we compete.”

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Brand-Rex Celebrates 40 Years Of Success

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has reached a significant milestone in its illustrious history by celebrating 40 years in business. The company will take a nostalgic look back as it commemorates four decades of manufacturing excellence with staff, partners and customers over the coming months.

Brand-Rex Ltd was founded in 1972 as a joint venture between Brand-Rex Corporation and British Enkalon to manufacture computer based cabling. Several locations were shortlisted for the company before the ‘new town’ of Glenrothes in Scotland was finally chosen as it already had a large number of high technology companies in the local area and could support industrial growth. Brand-Rex Ltd has remained there ever since and is now one of the town’s largest employers.

The company opened its doors with an initial staff of just 25 – a far cry from the 300 employees that it has in 2012. One member of that original group, George Wright has been employed by Brand-Rex ever since and he and his colleagues were all given £40 worth of vouchers to celebrate this occasion.

The company spent much of the 1970s developing its ethos of manufacturing excellence and, as a result, was soon appointed as a major supplier to IBM in the UK, France and Germany. The 1980s and 1990s brought more success and it launched its first Category 5 cable range in 1992 and then the GigaPlus Category 5e range of solutions in 1997.

After going through various changes of ownership, the new century saw Brand-Rex focus its attention on developing a series of solutions that would cement its position as the premier structured cabling supplier. Installers, consultants and end users looking for ultimate performance and future proofing capabilities welcomed solutions including Cat6Plus in 2002 and 10GPlus in 2006.

In 2008 Brand-Rex was purchased by Murray Capital – bringing the ownership of the company back to Scotland – and has since gone from strength to strength, achieving year-on-year growth thanks to innovative high density solutions including the groundbreaking 10GPlus Zone Cable.

Throughout its history Brand-Rex has always prided itself on its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and it recently invested a six-figure sum in its production infrastructure, including the redesign of its engineering and technical office space to double its capacity. The company has also forged an enviable reputation for its environmental credentials and in 2011 announced that its global organisational and operational activities had achieved Carbon Neutral Status in accordance with PAS 2060.

‘The last 40 years have been a remarkable time for Brand-Rex and a look back over the company’s history brings home what a truly unique, innovative and world class organisation it is,’ commented Paul Lines, Brand-Rex CEO. ‘Our determination to exceed our customers’ expectations through a combination of innovation, unrivalled levels of service and manufacturing excellence has served us magnificently over this time and we look forward to continuing to develop the very best products and systems for the next 40 years and beyond.’

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Brand-Rex’s Environmental Initiatives Bear Fruit With A Green Apple Award

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has received a Green Apple Award for its pioneering environmental achievements.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the UK’s major source of recognition for environmental endeavour. The Awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.

2012 marked the first time there has been a separate event for Scotland and judges were drawn from the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland, the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

Brand-Rex was presented with its Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony held at Edinburgh Castle. It will now be further assessed with a view to representing Scotland in the European Business Awards for the Environment and will also have the chance to take part in the UK Green Apple Awards at the House of Commons in November.

The company has a long history of environmental awareness and has industry leading green credentials. In 2011 it announced that its global organisational and operational activities had achieved Carbon Neutral Status in accordance with PAS 2060 and it was subsequently announced as a winner at the 2011 VIBES (Vision In Business for the Environment of Scotland) Management Awards.

Initiatives recognised by the awards panel included the replacement of conventional ‘always-on’ factory lighting with daylight and intelligent top-up low energy electric light; replacing the factory’s fuel-oil by natural gas (saving £78,000 per quarter in the process); Over the last year the company has also invested in energy efficient gas heating and optimised its use of this resource by adjusting its building controls programme and relocating room thermostats. The decision to change its roof light panels has also brought energy saving benefits as the additional sunlight coming through gives free heat in the winter which has achieved an immediate winter saving of over £300 per week.

Also acknowledged was the Brand-Rex social responsibility in choosing offset programmes in the countries most impacted by the company’s raw materials sourcing.

For example, a land-fill methane flaring project in Chile – where the copper for their cables is mined and a hydro-dam project in Turkey where the copper is purified.

Over the preceding year, Brand-Rex increased production by 29 million metres of cable but still turned-in an overall carbon footprint reduction of 141 tonnes. An equivalent saving of 1330 tonnes compared to pre-improvement figures.

Collecting the Green Apple Award on behalf of Brand-Rex was the company’s development manager, Kennedy Miller, who commented, ‘Sustainability is at the very heart of our operation and we try to encourage environmental awareness and activity amongst all of our stakeholders and business partners. Having our efforts recognised in the form of a Green Apple Award highlights the importance of this ethos and gives us the drive and determination to do even more to reduce our carbon footprint.’
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Brand-Rex Revamps Training

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has announced that those on its Business Partner Program will be able to benefit from revamped training courses from September 2012.

The Brand-Rex suite of training courses is currently being redesigned and updated and will comprise a perfect balance of theoretical and practical information. The one and two day sessions address all aspects of copper and fibre based cabling technology, outlining best practice and explaining current international and European standards. Delegates are provided with invaluable insight regarding the company’s innovative range of solutions and how they can be configured to provide end users with the most appropriate network cabling infrastructures for their needs.

To promote the new training programme, Brand-Rex will offer free training courses until March 2013. This decision exemplifies the company’s commitment to supporting its partners through these tough economic times. By imparting expert guidance about the specification and installation of its products and systems, Brand-Rex partners are equipped with the skills required to offer the best possible solutions, while ensuring that they maximise all available business opportunities.
As well as being held at Brand-Rex headquarters in Glenrothes, courses will also take place in London and at a new venue in Birmingham. Each course is available to a maximum of 30 partners, giving those attending the chance to network with other like-minded installation companies and end users, providing a more effective and productive training experience for all.

Even though they are now free to attend, the updated courses are just as rigorous as they always have been, with BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs) still available. All other terms and conditions of the Business Partner Program remain the same, meaning all partners need to attend up-to-date training every two years in order to issue the company’s globally renowned 25-year system warranty.

This latest announcement is part of an on going evaluation of the Brand-Rex Business Partner Program. Launched last year the scheme has four distinct levels – Premier Partner, Select Partner, Approved Partner and Distribution Partner. As well as offering training and education a wide range of other incentives are available such as project support, technical assistance, dedicated account management and a vast array of marketing support to help partners maximise their revenue generating activities. As the foremost initiative of its kind, Brand-Rex is always pleased to hear from companies that would like to benefit from joining it.

‘We recognise the crucial role our loyal partners play in our mission to achieve unsurpassed levels of customer service,’ commented Audrey O’Brien, marketing communications manager at Brand-Rex. ‘We also realise that in these austere economic conditions we must do everything we can to help maximise their revenue generating activities. Making our high quality training courses free of charge provides an opportunity for our partners to obtain the highest quality knowledge and skills available anywhere in the industry, without having to shoulder any financial burden.’
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Brand-Rex Receives First Class Honours At Leeds Metropolitan University

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has announced a major project win at Leeds Metropolitan University. The company’s innovative Cat6Plus and FibrePlus solutions will be installed throughout the University by its long-term Select Partner, Sudlows.

One of the largest and most prestigious higher education establishments in the UK, Leeds Metropolitan University has over 29,000 students and 3,000 staff. It offers a wide range of academic and vocational courses and operates from two locations – a picturesque parkland campus in the Leeds suburb of Headingley and a site in the city centre that comprises a variety of modern purpose built facilities.

After considering the various proposals, London and Manchester based unified infrastructure specialist, Sudlows, was awarded the framework contract for the installation and maintenance of structured cabling systems throughout the campuses over the next two years.

Sudlows connectivity divisional director, Ben Lavelle, said, ‘We have a proven track record of successfully delivering connectivity projects for a number of UK based universities. This made us the ideal choice to provide Leeds Metropolitan University with a flexible and resilient Brand-Rex cabling infrastructure that can support its ICT network across a dynamic learning environment, student services and accommodation.’

To meet the specific requirements of the University, Sudlows recommended the installation of Brand-Rex Cat6Plus Category 6 unshielded twisted pair (UTP) copper cabling. OM3 multimode fibre optic cabling from the FibrePlus range will also be installed in the network’s backbone.

Cat6Plus is a premium performance structured cabling system that provides a stable and reliable platform to run LAN applications up to Gigabit Ethernet speeds. It can distribute video and support power over Ethernet (PoE), and has the additional advantage of being entirely carbon neutral, which made it a highly attractive to the University as a way to help achieve its environmental and corporate social responsibility based targets.

Work is now underway on upgrading and maintaining the cabling infrastructure across the two campuses. Steve Finnegan of Brand-Rex concluded, ‘We are delighted to be working with Sudlows on this high profile project. It will allow us to use our combined experience and expertise in the education sector to provide Leeds Metropolitan University with a top class network infrastructure.’

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Brand-Rex Does The Double At The 2012 Comms Expo Awards

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, recently received two accolades at the 2012 Comms Expo Awards, hosted by Netcomms Europe magazine. The company won the Green Award and the Award for Manufacturing Excellence, with voters recognising its commitment to carbon reduction and the quality of its products.

For many years the company has worked towards reducing its impact on the environment and in 2011 it announced that its global organisational and operational activities had achieved Carbon Neutral Status in accordance to PAS 2060 – the carbon neutrality standard launched by the British Standards Institute (BSI). Its aim is to reduce its total carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2015.

Brand-Rex recently made a significant step towards achieving this target by announcing that its GigaPlus Category 5e and Cat6Plus Category 6 boxed cable ranges are now completely carbon neutral. From 2009 to 2010 cut the carbon equivalent (CO2e) of the GigaPlus Category 5e cable by 6 per cent to 45.2kg CO2e per 305m box, with an even larger reduction of 9.6 per cent on the bigger Cat6Plus Category 6 cables to 54kgs CO2e.

2012 marks 40 years of manufacturing superiority for Brand-Rex and despite the current economic climate the company recently made a six-figure investment in its production infrastructure, including the redesign of its engineering and technical office space to help it double in capacity. Manufacturing areas have also been reconfigured to make them more efficient and there has also been a significant investment in new machinery and the refurbishment of existing equipment.

This activity was complemented by the appointment of new members of staff to achieve a number of strategic objectives across its operation. This includes a dedicated continuous improvement manager who is in charge of devising and implementing a strategy to enhance stakeholder engagement, reduce operating costs, improve risk management and drive up efficiencies across the entire business.

‘When the votes were counted, Brand-Rex was the clear winner in both categories, and by a significant margin,’ said Netcomms Europe’s publisher, Ian Titchener. ‘I would like to congratulate the company on winning the Green Award and the Award for Manufacturing Excellence and thank all who voted.’

Paul Lines, CEO at Brand-Rex, concluded, ‘I’m delighted that our achievements in these two very important areas of our business have been recognised at the Comms Expo Awards. As the first cabling company to make its operations globally carbon neutral we are very proud of our green credentials. We will deliver continuous improvement in our environmental performance throughout the rest of 2012 and will look at new ways to reaffirm our status as the world’s most environmentally conscious structured cabling manufacturer.’

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Cabling Is Going UP In The World!

It’s ‘all change’ for cable management in the data centre as equipment practices have to embrace change to cope with the massive power and heat densities being implemented and planned per data centre cabinet or rack.

There is a very strong move towards overhead raceways for both copper and fibre cabling in order to leave the underfloor area free of the big air dams which masses of Cat 6A 10Gigabit/s cables are now tending to form – which have a serious adverse effect on cooling efficiency and effectiveness.

But a major issue with overhead cable trays or raceways is that – if they are not from the same ‘family’ as the data centre racks/cabinets – is that there are a lot of time and effort consuming engineering and installation problems to overcome on site as different fixings and cable entry/exits fail to line up properly.

Even worse, non-family cable trays and raceways can seriously interfere with the roof-section fixings needed for cold-aisle containment or cocooning solutions. This can cause difficulties when both are being installed together. The scope for problems, when it is intended that cold-aisle cocooning will be retrofitted at a future date is immense; a potential engineering nightmare and a risk to future uptime.

To ensure that no such onsite engineering problems are encountered, Cannon Technologies, one of the main suppliers of cabinets and racks into data centres, has launched T4 cable trays for vertical installation within its cabinets, racks and patching frames plus T4 raceways for overhead cable management.

The Cannon Technologies T4 raceways are exactly matched to all of the companies’ wide range of equipment cabinets, racks and frames both in terms of fixings and cable entry/exit points. Available as both ‘single-deck’ and ‘double-decker’ they affix directly to the tops of the cabinets and the double-decker version (as shown in photo) allows route or cable type segregation – for example segregating fibre cables from copper or A-route from B-route.

T4 cable trays and T4 raceways are designed to perfectly integrate with Cannon’s T4 cold aisle cocooning solution – especially in a retrofit situation to guarantee that there is absolutely no need for emergency on-site re-engineering.

Said Cannon Technologies md Matt Goulding “We believe that data centre infrastructure should also be plug-and-play!”

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NetworksCentre Launches Free Training Bundle With Fluke Test Equipment

Bundled free training is NetworksCentre’s value-add bonus with the revolutionary new Optifiber™ pro OTDR just launched by Fluke Networks

NetworksCentre – now one of the major distributors for fibre and cooper structured cabling systems, data centre cabinets and network test equipment – is the only distributor of Fluke Networks testers with a Fluke qualified trainer and the only company in the channel able to provide Fluke certified training.

NetworksCentre’s qualified trainer is technical manager Keith Sawyer and the company is also offering comprehensive training sessions for all Fluke Networks test and measurement equipment purchased, such as the DTX-1800 Cable analyser, LinkRunner AT and the Optifiber™ pro OTDR.

NetworksCentre managing director Duncan Lindsay explains; “As a distributor we see our responsibilities are far more than to simply supply products. In such a crowded market NetworksCentre has technical and logistics teams to advise and support our customers through the entire process of purchasing Test & Measurement equipment as well as for structured cabling and data centre projects. We add real value to our installers and customers. From identifying the appropriate tester and accessories to suit our customer’s needs, to post purchase support in the form of training, extended warranties and gold support as well as telephone support to help with troubleshooting issues.”

The new Fluke Networks OptiFiber™ Pro OTDR is the first handheld OTDR that’s purpose built for enterprise fibre testing. It has revolutionary features such as a touch screen Smartphone interface for ease and speed of use; and a ‘Data Centre Mode’ which automates the process of setting test parameters like wavelength or end detection. All of which allow users to reduce costs associated with premises fibre testing, while enhancing productivity and increasing network reliability – which will ultimately boost profits and reduce downtime.

The combination of NetworksCentre’s exclusive training, expertise and comprehensive aftercare with first in class testing technology provides a multi-layered support platform that can really make the difference when choosing your test solution.

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