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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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 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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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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Siemon’s QSFP+ high-speed passive copper interconnect products pass InfiniBand testing

Siemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, today announced that its passive copper QSFP+ (quad small form-factor pluggable plus) high speed interconnect products have been tested by the InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA) and these 40Gb/s interconnect cable assemblies have been accepted as compliant to the InfiniBand Architecture Specification.

Siemon Interconnect Solutions’ QSFP+ passive copper cable assemblies were developed for high-density applications, offering a cost-effective, low-power option for high-speed data centre interconnects of up to 10 metres, depending on wire gauge and IO interface usage. Ideal for server blade to box, rack-to-rack and shelf-to-shelf interconnects, as well as high-speed networking and storage equipment applications, the QSFP+ form factor can replace up to four standard SFP+ connections, providing greater density and reduced system cost.

By passing the rigorous IBTA testing, Siemon’s QSFP+ assemblies are now included on IBTA’s Integrators’ List, which is designed to support data centre managers, CIOs and other IT professionals with deployment of InfiniBand systems.  End users and OEMs frequently check the IBTA Integrators’ List prior to the deployment of InfiniBand solutions, including small and large clusters, to ensure product compliance with the InfiniBand architecture specification, as well as interoperability with other InfiniBand products.

Twelve variants of Siemon’s copper QSFP+ cable assemblies are certified on the IBTA’s Integrators’ List as being compliant to 10G per lane QDR data rates. These range from 30 to 24 gauge and in lengths from 0.5 to six meters. The current IBTA Integrators’ List is available at http://www.infinibandta.org/content/pages.php?pg=integrators_list_overview

Interoperable with compliant SFF-8436 interfaces, Siemon’s QSFP+ copper interconnects are also fully compatible with a wide array of data protocols/interfaces, including Ethernet 10G, 40G (IEEE-802.3ba) and SONET. They also support Fibre Channel 10G, 40G SAN; FCoE, RapidIO and Myrinet 40G systems links.

QSFP+ is just one part of Siemon’s high speed connectivity range of products that include Moray, AOC’s and MTP plug and play solutions as well as a variety of other cabling innovations.

Learn more about Siemon’s high-speed interconnect products at: www.siemon.com/sis

About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance copper and optical fibre network cabling solutions. With offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers a global service and has a reputation for delivering market leading performance with systems that maximise efficiency and return on investment.

Siemon’s products include the most comprehensive suite of copper available, in both unshielded and shielded twisted-pair, for category 5e, category 6 (Class E), category 6A (Class EA) and category 7/7A (Class F/FA) standards performance.  The company’s optical fibre range includes both multimode and singlemode cabling systems.  In addition to cabling systems, the company has developed specific and specialised products for network provision in both enterprise and hosted data centre environments, often partnering with other global industry leaders in delivery of complete solutions for these markets.  With over 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

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Siemon launches new 40+Gb/s copper cabling assemblies

Siemon, a leading global manufacturer of IT network cabling and infrastructure systems, announces the release of its 40 Gb/s 40+Gb/s QSFP+ (Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable Plus) passive copper cabling products.  These shielded 4-lane copper cable assemblies were developed as a cost-effective, low-power option for high-speed data centre interconnects up to 10 metres, ideal for applications such as high-performance computing (HPC), enterprise networking, video networking and network storage systems.

The QSFP+ form factor interface can replace up to three standard SFP+ connections, providing greater port density and reduced system cost. Advanced design and manufacturing processes, such as precision wire stripping and a unique automated termination process result in optimised cross talk and Return Loss. The same automated processes result in Siemon’s QSFP+ assembly’s consistent and industry leading signal integrity performance.

Interoperable with compliant SFF-8436 interfaces, Siemon’s QSFP+ copper interconnects are fully compatible with a wide array of data protocols/interfaces, including InfiniBand 4X SDR, DDR, QDR and FDR as well as Ethernet 10G, 40G (IEEE-802.3ba) and SONET electrical failover 40G links.  They also support Fibre Channel SAN 10G, 40G and SAN; RapidIO and Myrinet 40G systems links. Other applications include CameraLink2 Video Vision networking, Digital Signage networking, Converged and Unified fabric networking as well as NUMA, QSnet, AuroraIO, RocketIO, StratixIO, VITA-55 and VITA-VXS systems links.

Commenting on the new high speed assembly, marketing manager Graeme Stoker explained: “This new interconnect solution provides up to 10+Gb/s of bandwidth per lane to support server blade to box, rack-to-rack and shelf-to-shelf interconnects as well as high-speed networking and storage equipment applications.  We imagine it will be of great interest to the data centre market and those running HPC”.

Siemon also offers application specific assembly solutions integrating QSFP+ interfaces in hybrids, hydras and other value-added configurations as well as varied EEPROM programming options, wire gauges and assembly lengths.

This interconnect is part of the Siemon’s high speed connectivity products that include MorayÔ QSFP+ AOC’s and MTP Plug and Play solutions as well as a variety of innovative category cabling products. It has been developed by the company’s SIS  (Siemon Interconnect Solutions) specialist team, who are focused on solving industry and customer-driven interconnect challenges by developing standards-based, application specific products.  The SIS expertise calls together extensive network engineering knowledge with design innovation and considerable production capability.

For more information on the 40 Gb/s 40+Gb/s QSFP+ passive copper cabling products or other high-speed interconnects refer to http://www.siemon.com/sis

About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance copper and optical fibre network cabling solutions. With offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers a global service and has a reputation for delivering market leading performance with systems that maximise efficiency and return on investment.

Siemon’s products include the most comprehensive suite of copper available, in both unshielded and shielded twisted-pair, for category 5e, category 6 (Class E), category 6A (Class EA) and category 7/7A (Class F/FA) standards performance.  The company’s optical fibre range includes both multimode and singlemode cabling systems.  In addition to cabling systems, the company has developed specific and specialised products for network provision in both enterprise and hosted data centre environments, often partnering with other global industry leaders in delivery of complete solutions for these markets.  With over 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

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Smallest ever third party approved Shielded Tool-Free Jack is Perfect Fit for High-Speed LANs

An Augmented Category 6 shielded jack developed by leading cable and data solutions company Brand-Rex brings new levels of flexibility, performance, and ease of installation to higher-speed Ethernet deployments.

The new shielded jack, now independently verified to ISO/IEC 60603-7-51 edition 1 and ISO/IEC 11801 amendment 2, features the innovative Brand-Rex patented contact array and 360-degree screening to deliver enhanced electrical performance.

Designed for use in data centres and local area networks future-proofed for higher-speed protocols such as 10GBASE-T, the latest Augmented Category 6 shielded jack from Brand-Rex incorporates a number of innovations to ensure a rapid, robust and versatile install in patch panels, back boxes, wall outlets and floor-box modules.

The shielded jack features an adjustable management element allowing for a rear, top or side-entry cable configuration. This means the installer is able to manage the bend radii of the cable into the jack irrespective of the angle of entry, making for a highly-flexible deployment and eliminating excess strain on the termination. At the same time, only minimal closing force is required, allowing the installer to make multiple consecutive tool-free terminations in a controlled and comfortable manner, with each termination taking less than one minute.

“The new Brand-Rex Augmented Category 6 shielded jack represents a significant advance in flexible connectivity, superior electrical performance and mechanical design for 10GBASE-T applications,” states Ken Hodge, Chief Engineer at Brand-Rex. “We have achieved optimal EMI and EMC performance with component-level compliance to the published standards via our novel patented contact array. The shielded jack is also a lot smaller and shorter in overall length than traditional products, allowing it to fit more comfortably within the confined spaces often found in European enterprise LAN and data centre environments.”

Measuring just 30mm x 14.8mm x 20mm (depth x width x height), the shielded jack has a robust nickel-plated die-cast outer shell and a compact construction allowing for use in shallow back boxes, floor-box modules, multi user outlets, and trunking applications. The jack conforms to wiring standard EIA/TIA 568A and EIA/TIA 568B, has a keystone- interface, and incorporates a novel wire management block design to aid termination. The jack can accommodate wiring from 27-22AWG, that ensures the product is compatible with Brand-Rex’s full range of shielded cables from the Zone cable to the UM-12 product. Unlike some competing products, the shielded jack requires a low wire termination force to deliver a quick and truly tool-free termination.

“With its rapid installation time, compact construction, and multiple cable-entry options, the Brand-Rex Augmented Category 6 shielded jack is probably the most flexible product of its type on the market today, and builds on our experience in delivering innovative cabling and connectivity systems that meet the unique requirements of installers and end users of tomorrow’s higher-speed networks,” adds Hodge.

The Brand-Rex Augmented Category 6 shielded jack is part of the Brand-Rex 10GPlus cabling system. Comprising high performance cables and connectivity, the 10GPlus system is classified as an Augmented Category 6 and Class EA product set that is fully backwards compatible to Cat6 (Class E) and Cat5e (Class D) products. The shielded jack is also fully compatible with all Brand-Rex UK and Continental style faceplates and products.

ABOUT BRAND-REX

Brand-Rex Ltd 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 communication infrastructure solutions that are truly ‘future proof’. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A achieves ISO/IEC 11801 category 6A component compliance

Independent, third party testing confirms that Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A achieves both component compliance and full channel compliance with the published version of ISO/IEC 11801.

The Z-MAX 6A shielded connector exceeds all category 6A component performance parameters specified by newly published amendment 2 of ISO/IEC 11801, 2nd ed. and IEC 60603-7-51 for category 6A connecting hardware.  Performed by Intertek, an industry-recognized testing facility, the testing assessed NEXT loss, return loss, insertion loss, FEXT loss, TCL, TCTL, DC resistance, DC resistance unbalance, PSANEXT loss, and PSAFEXT loss performance.  The Z-MAX 6A shielded connecting hardware showed performance headroom across all tested parameters.

In addition to component compliance, independent third party testing conducted by UL verifies that Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A shielded end-to-end system exceeds category 6A/class EA channel requirements specified by ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 and amendment 1 of ISO/IEC 11801 2nd ed. The complete Z-MAX 6A shielded channel consists of Z-MAX 6A outlets, Siemon category 6A shielded cable and Z-MAX 6A patch panels, as well as Z-MAX 6A patch cords, which feature a design integrating a precisely tuned printed circuit board into every plug, for enhanced signal integrity and unparalleled end-to-end system performance.

The Z-MAX 6A shielded connector’s high performance is driven by an exclusive, patent-pending linear termination module that eliminates split and crossed pairs. The linear Z-MAX termination module allows conductors to be laced quickly into position without pair crosses, thereby maintaining and protecting cable pair geometry for optimised transmission.

The Z-MAX 6A shielded outlet also features exclusive diagonally-oriented IDC contact technology. This unique diagonal configuration maximises distance between contacts within side-stacked outlets, compared with traditional rectangular contact layouts. Maximising pair-to-pair separation between adjacent outlets minimises alien crosstalk. The enhanced noise resistance in shielded Z-MAX systems enables ultra-high density patching, accommodating up to 48 ports within 1U (one rack mount space).

The innovative combination of Z-MAX linear termination module and outlet is also at the heart of the system’s best-in-class termination time. Using the simple, patent-pending Z-TOOL™, Z-MAX 6A shielded outlets can be terminated in as little as 60 seconds from start to finish, including cable preparation. To further enhance flexibility and user-friendliness, Z-MAX work area outlets feature an exclusive hybrid design that allows both flat and angled mounting orientations with the same outlet. Enhanced high visibility printed icons provide a complete colour-coded identification system.

Z-MAX 6A is supported by multiple work area faceplates and surface mount options in addition to a full suite of Siemon data centre cabinet, rack and cable management products.

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About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon™ is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. With global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) and fibre cabling systems available and is one of only three network cabling infrastructure companies worldwide with true global partnership capabilities. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

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Brand-Rex announce distribution of EPV Solution from RiT Technologies

Easy to install, affordable infrastructure connectivity management for small and medium sized networks now available from Brand-Rex.

Brand-Rex, leading manufacturer of copper and fibre structured cabling systems, today announced the launch of the EPV Cable Management Solution from RiT Technologies.

Providing real-time, connectivity monitoring of a network infrastructure, from the communications room to remote sites, the EPV appliance based cable monitoring system is aimed at large as well as small to medium sized organisations.

“EPV takes a new, easy implementation, approach to real-time connectivity management,” says Ian Wilkie, Business & Marketing Director, Brand-Rex. “We are delighted to build on our 10 year partnership with RiT, viewing EPV as an extension to our existing copper, fibre and intelligent infrastructure management solutions that will allow us to offer accessible and affordable infrastructure management monitoring to both new and existing clients.”

Aimed at organisations who want the functionality of a traditional enterprise monitoring system without the complexity yet with no compromise on fundamental sophisticated features as well as the peace of mind of knowing how well their network is performing, the EPV is a standalone solution that requires no additional software or servers. Based on RiT’s advanced infrastructure management technologies, once installed EPV continuously collects information within the network patch panels and communication racks. Any change in connectivity is immediately detected, prompting the system to send notifications and email alerts to designated staff. All network connectivity information, including notifications and alerts, are easily accessed using a user-friendly, permission based GUI from a web browser, making EPV the ideal solution for monitoring and managing connectivity across the network at both local and remote sites.

“We are delighted to strengthen our relationship with Brand-Rex through its adoption of our EPV solution to complement its cabling infrastructure technologies,” says Zvi Braun, Senior Director – Product and Project Management, RiT Technologies. “EPV is an innovative product that brings a new concept to market: infrastructure management that can be deployed on a ‘plug-n-play’ basis without investment in new servers or software. EPV can be easily upgraded to a full-featured intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) solution, enabling customers to grow as required from initial installations to large-scale deployments.”

About Brand-Rex

Brand-Rex Ltd 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 communication infrastructure solutions that are truly ‘future proof’. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

About RiT Technologies

RiT is a leading provider of intelligent solutions for infrastructure management, asset management, environment and security, and network utilization. RiT Enterprise solutions address datacenters, communication rooms and workspace environments, ensuring maximum utilization, reliability, decreased downtime, physical security, automated deployment, asset tracking, and troubleshooting. RiT Environment and Security solutions enable companies to effectively control their datacenters, communications rooms and remote physical sites and facilities in real-time, comprehensively and accurately. RiT Carrier solutions provide carriers with the full array of network mapping, testing and bandwidth qualification capabilities needed for access network installation and service provisioning. RiT’s field-tested solutions are delivering value in thousands of installations for top-tier enterprises and operators throughout the world.

For more information, please visit our website: www.rittech.com

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Fifth Olympic project win makes Brand-Rex the de-facto Olympic structured cabling supplier: Westfield Stratford City Olympic Shopping Complex

Dimension Data wins bid to install robust, converged technology infrastructure from Brand-Rex at Westfield Stratford City  – The Prestigious New Olympic Shopping Complex

24 June 2010: Brand-Rex today announced that Dimension Data (www.dimensiondata.com) has been awarded the contract to supply and install a Brand-Rex high speed data and communications infrastructure for Westfield’s new £1.45bn Olympic Shopping Centre development: Westfield Stratford City. The prestigious gateway to the London 2012 Olympics, the 1.9 million sq ft development will be Europe’s largest urban shopping mall. It is anticipated that 70 per cent of all visitors to the London Olympic Games will pass through the centre.

Westfiled Stratford City project is the fifth major Olympics-related structured cabling project that British based, Brand-Rex has won, with its high performance copper and fibre infrastructure products. this now confirms Brand-Rex as the de-facto supplier of choice for Olympics projects.

“This is a prestigious and exciting win for Dimension Data and Brand-Rex,” says Paul Lines, CEO Brand-Rex. “To be confirmed  as the ideal infrastructure solution to underpin the complex technology required in a project this size, together with four other major Olympics projects that will all be part of the world stage in 2012, demonstrates the quality, reliability and competitiveness of our infrastructure products. Our dedicated Olympics Team together with our leading installation partners are on track to secure the majority of the Olympics business.”

The innovative design of the shopping centre complex creates different retail zones spread over three levels and includes a beautifully designed 24 hour lifestyle street to create interest and functionality. Costing £1.45 billion the centre also connects the two transportation hubs of Stratford Regional Station and Stratford International Station. As one of the most environmentally efficient retail centres in the UK, Westfield Stratford City has been designed to achieve excellence in sustainability with some of the most stringent guidelines imposed on its construction and on-going management, and this extends to the high performance structured cabling installation.

The technological infrastructure required to support a project of this size is enormous and complex. “There will be technology in use throughout the building,” says Kari Baden, MD at Dimension Data. CCTV, Access Control, BMS, WiFi, car parking to electronic tills, High Definition Digital Signage, Footfall – and even identity tags to prevent children getting lost! This is going to be a hardworking completely utilised, fully integrated network and needs a robust, high performance infrastructure to support it.”

Underpinning the infrastructure is a primary and secondary optical fibre structured cabling backbone that connects every telecommunications room to the primary equipment rooms as well as linking in external services from telecoms providers, mobile carriers and satellite equipment.

The Brand-Rex air blown fibre solution Blolite+ was chosen specifically for the project due to its flexibility and scalability, allowing additional connectivity for further services and devices in the future without disruption. The unique Blolite+ system uses compressed air to blow specially coated optical fibres into pre-installed plastic tubes, microducts, providing a flexible and cost effective method of installing optical fibre with unlimited future-proofing potential.

With two mirrored data centres and 77 separate comms rooms this is a challenging project. Each of the comms rooms will be pre-manufactured, provisioned and tested off-site by Dimension Data before being craned into position at the appropriate point in the build process. Weighing over one ton each, and measuring 6m x 1m x 2.1m high, they contain three fully equipped comms cabinets together with the necessary structured cabling, air conditioning, power and lighting in a protected unit that is IP55 rated to prevent access of dust and water.

Brand-Rex 10GPlus Cat6a structured cabling capable of delivering speeds of 10 Gb/sec will be used together with the Blolite+ fibre optic backbones to deliver the fixed infrastructure to the whole of the shopping complex and commercial areas. In addition, the Brand-Rex infrastructure will support a 700 access node wireless network giving public access within the shopping complex. “This is a showcase site for London and we are delighted that Brand-Rex products were chosen for their reliability, performance and flexibility,” says Lines. “Blolite+ optical fibre together with10GPlus copper cabling provides a high performance, cost effective and robust solution for all today’s integrated communication needs.”

About Brand-Rex 10GPlus:

10GPlus is the ultimate performance Augmented Category 6/Class EA structured cabling system from Brand-Rex. This industry leading, high quality solution offers superior performance and user friendly installation features allowing simple and speedy deployment of high speed cabling infrastructure. Designed to fully support 10GBASE-T applications, 10GPlus offers IT managers a solution that will support their needs both today and in the future.

About Brand-Rex Blolite+

Blolite+ is the ideal solution for backbone cabling systems providing a flexible and scalable infrastructure that allows for future expansion. Installed networks can be simply reconfigured, expanded or changed without disruption to existing services and minimum interference with the original installation. Repairs are fast and simple, damaged ducts can be replaced and new fibre blown in using compressed air. Blolite+ offers significant savings in lifecycle costs when compared to conventional fibre optic cabling solutions and has been designed to fully support today’s integrated communication requirements.

ABOUT BRAND-REX

Brand-Rex Ltd 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 communication infrastructure solutions that are truly ‘future proof’. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Brand-Rex Becomes an Investor in Excellence

Brand-Rex has joined an elite band of businesses to have achieved Investor in Excellence status, one of Europe’s highest quality standards.

The company’s Speciality division in Leigh, Lancashire, is now one of just 200 European businesses to be awarded the accolade, which demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement.

The Investor in Excellence standard has been designed to encourage organisations of any size, and from any sector, to work towards a common standard that reflects quality and excellence.

The company received its award from North of England Excellence, which was presented to Brand-Rex by local MP Andy Burnham.

The standard is built around the EFQM (European Foundation of Quality Management) Excellence Model, which is widely used throughout Europe as a framework for improving organisations.

Brand-Rex has used the model as its main business improvement tool for the last decade, working alongside quality specialists North of England Excellence. And last year they won the North of England Excellence Quality Award in the category Private Company Less Than 250 Employees.  In 2008 the company won a special award for Corporate Social Responsibility.

Brand-Rex’s speciality division manufactures high performance electrical cables for the aerospace, automotive and rail industries.  General Manager Steve Tickle explains: “Many of our products are designed to operate in extreme environments, and across a range of industries where high quality must be a given. Achieving an accreditation like this reassures all our customers that we’re a company that always puts quality first.

“This strong emphasis on quality is another reason why the company as a whole has performed so strongly in recent years. It’s helped us to win contracts both in new sectors and in new international markets.”

Among the key benefits of working towards the standard, says Tickle, is that it helps to embed continuous improvement into an organisation, while it is also a natural progression on from other quality standards such as ISO TS 16949, AS9100 and ISO 9001:2000, all of which Brand-Rex has already achieved.

And Tickle adds: “Attainment of the Investor in Excellence standard from North of England Excellence has been an excellent achievement for Brand-Rex.  All our staff deserve a well earned pat on the back for their efforts in helping the company to attain this Blue Riband standard.”

ABOUT BRAND-REX

Brand-Rex Ltd 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 communication infrastructure solutions that are truly ‘future proof’. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Brand-Rex U/UTP Cat6A cable delivers Permanent Link to 3P-Certified 10 Gigabit Ethernet Performance

Brand-Rex’s premium grade 10GPlus U/UTP Augmented Category 6/Class EA cabling system has received an ‘Attestation of Conformity’ from independent testing laboratory, 3P Third Party Testing. 3P’s certificate of conformity verifies that Brand-Rex’s 10GPlus Augmented Cat 6 U/UTP cable and components provide the performance required to support any current and future Class EA application, including   10GBASE-T.

The permanent link test model sets a crucial baseline by assuring that installed cabling meets the performance and interoperability requirements specified by international standards. Comprising Brand-Rex’s 3P-approved Augmented Cat 6 U/UTP cable, and 3P-approved tool-free RJ45 Snap-In-Jack, the UTP permanent link is now also certified by 3P as compliant with the Class EA requirements of amendment 2, 2nd Edition ISO/IEC 11801, and Category 6A requirements of ANSI/TIA-568-C.2. This assures that the system is ready to support IEEE 802.3an, the IEEE standard for 10GBASE-T. 3P is one of the most respected testing laboratories serving the international cabling and electronics industries. Based in Denmark, it has been working with the performance of data cabling since the 1980s, and carries out certification testing on all elements of communication systems, from cables and connecting hardware to patch cords, permanent links and channels.

“It is vital that owners and installers be confident that their structured cabling installations are compliant with the exacting requirements of international standards,” states Ken Hodge, R&D manager at Brand-Rex. “The attestation of conformity awarded by 3P Third Party Testing confirms that Brand-Rex’s Augmented Cat 6 U/UTP cable and cabling not only meets and exceeds the performance requirements in EIA/TIA for Augmented Category 6, but also meets and exceeds requirements in ISO/IEC for Class EA. This certification provides owners and installers with assured system performance when deploying Brand-Rex Augmented Cat 6 U/UTP cable and components.”

Designed to support 10 Gigabit Ethernet in horizontal and backbone applications, Brand-Rex’s Cat 6 U/UTP cable employs a ‘Reuleaux Triangle’ design to overcome Alien Crosstalk and to ensure that the cable diameter remains as small as possible to optimise on containment requirements. It forms part of Brand-Rex’s industry-leading 10GPlus range, which is further enhanced by a family of innovative connectivity products, including the tool-free RJ45 Snap-In-Jack and ‘Zone’ Cable. The tool-free RJ45 Snap-In-Jack has been shown to halve installation times, whilst the 10GPlus Zone Cable is a high performance Augmented Category 6 solution designed for use in challenging data centre environments. Smaller and 30% lighter than conventional cables, Zone Cable makes possible a 100% increase in the number of cables per cable tray, and was recently fully certified by 3P Third Party Testing as one of the highest performing cables currently available.

“In addition to the certificate of performance at permanent link level, the Brand-Rex Augmented Cat 6 U/UTP cable, tool-free RJ45 Snap-In-Jack, and Zone Cable are approved by 3P Third Party Testing,” continues Hodge. “This gives Brand-Rex’s 10GPlus system unparalleled levels of certification, underscored by the fact that the most variable component in the link, the cable, is manufactured under controlled conditions by Brand-Rex at its state-of-the-art facilities in Glenrothes (Scotland) under the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Standard, and ISO 9001:2008 Quality management systems factory control.”

ABOUT BRAND-REX Brand-Rex Ltd 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 communication infrastructure solutions that are truly ‘future proof’. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Siemon adds Category 6 UTP to the Z-MAX Range of Systems

Siemon has launched a new category 6 unshielded (UTP) version of the Z-MAX range of end-to-end network cabling systems. Based on Siemon’s 10Gb/s capable Z-MAX 6A platform, the new category 6 UTP combines exceptional performance margins with 60 second termination time.

The new category 6 Z-MAX system employs the same fast and simple, termination process as the Z-MAX 6A. Using Siemon’s patent-pending Z-TOOL, outlets can be terminated in less than 60 seconds from start to finish, including cable preparation.

Overwhelming positive feedback on the Z-MAX 6A and speed of termination has driven requests and demand for a category 6 version of Z-MAX, says Bob Carlson, Siemon’s VP of Global Marketing. “We listen to our customers and respond accordingly,” says Bob. “The market for category 6 is still ripe and this is a logical extension of Siemon’s breakthrough MAX product line.”

In addition to the Z-TOOL, the new category 6 Z-MAX outlet utilises the Z-MAX 6A’s patent-pending linear termination module. The linear termination module allows conductors to be laced quickly and naturally into position without crossing pairs. Maintaining and protecting cable pair geometry optimises transmission performance and consistency while removing a significant noise source present in all other RJ-45 outlets.

Utilising Siemon’s Premium 6 UTP cable, the Z-MAX 6 outlet’s unique design provides extended category 6 performance margins and transmission headroom. Additionally, the outlet’s enhanced noise resistance enables ultra-high density patching, allowing Z-MAX 6 modular patch panels to support up to 48 ports in just 1U of rack or cabinet space.

Available in both flat and angled configurations, the Z-MAX 6 patch panels feature a unique modular Quick-Snap panel design, which allows Z-MAX 6 panel outlets and pre-terminated trunking cable assemblies to be quickly snapped into place to speed initial deployment and subsequent moves, adds and changes. Combined with 48-port, 1U patching, Z-MAX 6’s Quick-Snap design and pre-terminated trunking cable compatibility provides rapid deployment, superior flexibility and ultra-high density in mission-critical data centre infrastructures.

To further enhance flexibility and user-friendliness, all Z-MAX work area outlets feature an exclusive hybrid flat/angled design that allows either flat or angled mounting orientations with the same outlet. Newly enhanced high visibility printed icons provide a complete colour-coded identification system.

The end-to-end Z-MAX 6 UTP channel is supported by Siemon’s category 6 MC patch cords and high-density BladePatch modular cords. Z-MAX 6 hybrid flat/angled outlets are compatible with all Siemon MAX series modular patch panels and faceplates.

To receive more information about Siemon’s end-to-end category 6 Z-MAX, and to access Z-MAX resources such as whitepapers, detailed specifications and termination videos, visit http://www.siemon.com/uk/e-catalog/ECAT_GI_page.aspx?GI_ID=wa_z-max-6-utp-outlets

Photos: available by e-mail from direland@turtleconsulting.com

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About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon™ is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. With global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) and fibre cabling systems available and is one of only three network cabling infrastructure companies worldwide with true global partnership capabilities. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

www.siemon.com/uk

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Brand-Rex 10GPlus Zone Cable is certified by 3P Third Party Testing

Brand-Rex’s high performance Augmented Category 6 (10GPlus) Zone Cable has now been fully certified by 3P Third Party Testing, the independent testing laboratory.

3P’s certification confirms the Zone Cable’s status as one of the highest performing cables currently available, making it ideally suited for the most demanding applications, especially 10GBASE-T.

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, 3P is one of the most respected testing laboratories serving the international cabling and electronics industries. It has been working with the performance of data cabling since the 1980s, and carries out certification testing on all elements of communication systems, from cables and connecting hardware to patch cords, permanent links and channels.

“3P has tested our cable in accordance with the Category 6A performance requirements of the IEC 61156-6 cable standard,” said Iain Ballingall, Brand-Rex’s Technical Director. “Its tests have confirmed all the specifications of the cable, in particular its excellent skew, crosstalk and EMC performances. “

“This proves that the cable’s screening performance ensures the alien crosstalk values of any system employing this product will be >>10dB better than the specification requirements, assuming terminations are done correctly. And that not only means it will support 10GBASE-T but that the installer will not have to check the Alien crosstalk of the cabling system to prove system compliance. We do not know of any one else supplying this level of product with an equivalent level of certified approval.”

The cable’s construction also ensures it easily passes other performance requirements stipulated in the relevant standards (e.g. NEXT, PSNEXT, ELFEXT etc…) and provides headroom in the critical characteristics.

The 10GPlus Zone Cable is designed to provide high bandwidth performance for use in horizontal wiring in structured cabling installations, in data centres and storage area networks (SANs), and in shorter length backbones.

Suitable for use in the most challenging Data Centre environments, it is smaller and 30% lighter than conventional cables, and makes possible a 100% increase in the number of cables per cable tray. The 10GPlus Zone Cable is also more flexible and easier to install, and is suitable for channel lengths up to 70m.

The Zone Cable is one element in Brand-Rex’s 10GPLUS Cabling System, in which performance is guaranteed to meet ClassEA Channel limits, when 10GPLUS cables are used as part of the 10GPLUS installation.

Low Smoke and fume Zero Halogen (LSOH) cable jacket material is fitted as standard, and the Brand-Rex warranty is available when it forms part of a 10GPLUS installation.

As well as supporting 10GBASE-T the Zone Cable provides the perfect foundation for building high performance, reliable LANs for transmission of Class A, B, C, D, E and EA applications as currently defined in ISO 11801 and EN 50173, including voice, broadband video and Power Over Ethernet.

Photos: available by e-mail from direland@turtleconsulting.com

ABOUT BRAND-REX

Brand-Rex Ltd 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 communication infrastructure solutions that are truly ‘future proof’. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Brand-Rex Voted Structured Cabling Provider of the Year for Second Year Running

Leading global cable and data solutions company Brand-Rex, has been voted Structured Cabling Provider of the Year 20010 in the Network Computing Awards. The award was voted for by readers of Network Computing Magazine from a shortlist of major structured cabling manufacturers.  The ceremony took place in the Guoman Tower Hotel in London on 4th March 2010, following a final round of on-line voting to decide the winners.

On winning the award, Ian Wilkie, Business & Marketing Director at Brand-Rex said, “We are delighted to receive this award for the second year running.  Brand-Rex has worked tirelessly over the past two years to provide the best support to its customers during a very challenging economic period.  Whilst most suppliers have seen sales fall dramatically, Brand-Rex has increased its market share, cementing our position as the number one supplier in the UK market and a global leader.”

2009 was a successful year for Brand-Rex with the launch of many new and exciting products including the High Density Fibre System, designed for data centres and telecoms rooms and the unique Cat6Plus ½ U Patch Panel.  Brand-Rex was awarded many high profile contracts with the likes of Cable & Wireless, BT and Audi in a year which saw the company strengthen its sales force around the world to cope with increasing market share.

“Winning the Structured Cabling Provider of the Year award is testament to the commitment, hard work and dedication delivered by both Brand-Rex staff and our many loyal and supportive channel partners,” said Wilkie. “I would like to dedicate this award to them all.”

Network Computing magazine is read by 17,500 industry professionals who buy and use networking hardware, software and related services. The Network Computing Awards were launched to recognise the products, services and companies that have particularly impressed readers of the magazine.  2010 saw the 4th annual Network Computing Awards take place with more than 20,000  votes cast on-line.

ABOUT BRAND-REX

Brand-Rex Ltd 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 communication infrastructure solutions that are truly ‘future proof’. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Top of the Class Cabling for Educational Giant

Released: February 2010

In the world of education, Findel Education is the market leader. The company is Europe’s largest supplier of educational resources to schools and other academic institutions, as well as exporting all around the world.

Findel Education Ltd currently employs around 650 staff and operates a portfolio of leading brands including Hope Education, GLS and Davies Sports.  The extent of the company’s product range is comprehensive by any standard and it supports all curriculum subjects as well as supplying furniture, audio visual equipment and commodities such as stationery, which are in constant demand. This breadth and volume is served via both printed catalogue and a variety of e-procurement systems, not only Europe-wide but via an International Division to more than 150 countries and regions including the Middle East, Far East and Africa.

With such impressive scope it’s not surprising that Findel Education recently outgrew its traditional home in a historic cotton mill in Hyde near Manchester. This site, although inspiring, was largely outdated and restrictive, so as the company continued to grow it was clear that a new site would be needed to allow expansion and to harness the benefits of a modern work environment.  A brand new three storey head office building was planned and, with it, an IT infrastructure to empower Findel Education’s future growth.

When it came to selecting the right IT infrastructure to support the business John Duxbury, IT Technical Operations Manager, had to take an extensive list of requirements into account as the new building was going to become the company’s central hub for many years to come.

For support and advice in IT related matters, John turned to 4Net Technologies, the company’s long standing voice application specialist, who had helped Findel Education manage its integration and migration to a common platform after the acquisition of a number of businesses in the education market. 4Net, in turn, brought IT cabling partner NETcare Europe Limited in to advise on physical layer requirements. “We sat down with NETcare and 4Net Technologies and discussed in detail our requirements as well as future plans and upgrades,” explained John.

“From the outset we recognised that VoIP was the preferred solution and with future requirements for a higher bandwidth network we would need to propose a 10Gb/s cabling solution,” comments Steve McMurrough, operations director of NETcare Europe.

“Our preferred cabling choice is Siemon. We have a long standing business relationship with Siemon and have installed Siemon systems in a number of projects before. We are especially experienced at installing the company’s 10Gb/s solutions, including category 6A and category 7A/TERA.”

1700 category 6A F/UTP outlets, category 6A F/UTP cable and Siemon’s 10G XGLO OM3 24 core multimode fibre optic cable, jumpers and panels were installed in the new building in Hyde. Due to NETcare’s experience with Siemon product the project could be realised within the very short time frame of three months.

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About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon™ is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. With global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) and fibre cabling systems available and is one of only three network cabling infrastructure companies worldwide with true global partnership capabilities. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

www.siemon.com/uk

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£2,395 Cash Back Rebate from Fluke Networks

Released: January 2010

Fluke Networks, leading manufacturer of network cabling test equipment, is teaming up with network infrastructure experts Siemon to launch a new initiative named ‘The Best Solution’.  This promotion offers all UK network installers the chance to claim up to £2,395 cash back rebate when acquiring a Fluke Networks DTX CableAnalyzer™ Series configuration.

Running from January to April 30, 2010, the opportunity is open to all industry professionals.  To qualify for the maximum £2,395 reward, installers will need to purchase, in a single order, £10,000 or more in value of Siemon’s Z-MAX category 6A cabling products and/or any other qualifying copper or fibre infrastructure products from Siemon. This is being marketed exclusively through Fluke Networks’ UK distribution partner, CablelinesPronet Ltd, who stock the qualifying Siemon Z-MAX range.

The DTX CableAnalyzerTM is a future-proof platform that improves every aspect of the testing and certification process. It reduces total certification time and costs by up to 35 per cent per year, claims Fluke. The DTX is the only tester with a Permanent Link Adapter (DTX-PLA002S) with truly centered plug, required for standards compliant certification and an  unprecedented measurement repeatability at very low cost. It is this DTX-PLA002S that guarantees “false” passes do not occur, ultimately saving installers costly callbacks.

“For many UK integrators, installing Category 6A is now a daily reality,” commented Graeme Stoker, Siemon’s EMEA marketing manager.  “The unique Siemon Z-MAX Category 6A cabling system offers our installers the highest performance margins across all critical transmission parameters; a 60 second or less termination time, 48 category 6A ports in a standard 1U 19″ patch panel and exceptional termination speed and  reliability via Siemon’s Z-TOOL.”  

Stoker goes on to point out, “Testing remains a critical element of any high performing network installation, and we very much support Fluke Networks in driving this message forward through ‘The Best Solution’ of the DTX tester and Z-MAX cabling system. “

Robert Luijten, EMEA marketing manager for Fluke Networks explains, “’The Best Solution’ is a very simple idea and one which we know will be of interest to many installers, as it should help them migrate existing test equipment up to the high performing DTX CableAnalyserTM Series.  ‘The Best Solution’, makes this transition even more attractive and we are delighted to be working with Siemon and CablelinesPronet to deliver this offer to market”.

For more information and to receive your Fluke DTX rebate application form, please visit http://www.flukenetworks.com/SiemonBestSolution

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About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon™ is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. With global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) and fibre cabling systems available and is one of only three network cabling infrastructure companies worldwide with true global partnership capabilities. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

www.siemon.com/uk

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Networks Centre Promoted

Released: January 2010

Networks Centre has been promoted by Brand-Rex.

Already a successful distributor for Brand-Rex Fibre Cabling Systems; three years of constant success, dedication and commitment combined with unparalleled sales growth has led Brand-Rex (now recognised as the UK’s leading structured cabling systems manufacturer) to start the new year by promoting Networks Centre to be one of its small elite group of Premier Distribution Partners.

This means that Networks Centre www.networkscentre.com will now distribute the full Brand-Rex range of copper and fibre structured cabling systems and are now able to offer a complete one-stop service for installers and integrators.

In announcing the promotion, Brand-Rex Business and Marketing Director Ian Wilkie said,  ”I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Networks Centre to become one of our Premier Distribution Partners today.  Brand-Rex has placed Customer Service at the heart of its business strategy in recent years because we believe that this gives us a massive differentiation in the market.

“We’re very pleased that Networks Centre share the same vision as Brand-Rex  –  their business approach is very much one of  customer focus and responsiveness.  The fact that they have exhibited such impressive sales growth is testament to the effectiveness of this strategy.

Wilkie continued by saying that with loyal distribution partners such as Networks Centre, Brand-Rex will continue to offer a service unmatched by most in the industry.

On receiving the news of their promotion, Networks Centre Managing Director Duncan Lindsay said, “We are delighted. Through our customer-centred business model, Networks Centre has grown substantially over the past three years and has become a significant distributor in the IT and Telecoms sectors. We are committed to ensuring we provide our customers with leading edge products and systems to meet the needs of their customers. The new appointment will ensure we continue to do so.

ABOUT BRAND-REX

Brand-Rex Ltd 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 communication infrastructure solutions that are truly ‘future proof’. For more information visit www.brand-rex.com

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Siemon Launches New Super Dense Angled Panel with 48 Ports in 1U

Released: January 2010

Siemon has launched an angled version of the high performance Z-MAX modular patch panel. Designed to support both the shielded and UTP versions of Siemon’s 10 Gb/s Z-MAX 6A network cabling, these new panels meet or exceed all 10GBASE-T and category 6A/class EA performance requirements.

Available in ultra high-density 48 port 1U and 24 port 1U versions, the new angled configuration allows patch cords to be routed directly into vertical cable managers, eliminating the need for additional horizontal cable managers and saving valuable rack space.  This not only provides increased density, but also offers more aesthetically pleasing patch cord management.

Like the flat versions of the  Z-MAX patch panel, Siemon’s new angled panels feature a unique modular Quick-Snap panel design, which allows Z-MAX category 6A panel outlets to be quickly snapped into place or removed to speed initial deployment and subsequent moves, adds and changes.  Designed specifically for the Z-MAX panels, Z-MAX panel outlets utilise the same best-in-class termination process as Z-MAX hybrid flat/angled outlets. Using the simple, patent-pending Z-TOOL™, both shielded and unshielded Z-MAX panel outlets can be terminated in as little as 60 seconds from start to finish, including cable preparation. The terminated outlets can then be easily snapped into the panel.

The angled Z-MAX panels’ Quick Snap design also makes them ideal for use with Siemon’s factory pre-terminated Z-MAX trunking cable assemblies.  Equipped with Z-MAX category 6A UTP or category 6A Shielded panel outlets, Siemon trunks are custom configured specifically to the customer need, allowing permanent links within data centres, or other environments with pre-determined lengths, to be quickly deployed. This exact-fit approach, combined with the Z-MAX Quick Snap panel design, significantly reduces installation time – up to 75 per cent compared to individually field-terminated channels.  By consolidating multiple cabling channels, Siemon trunking cable assemblies also improve cable management and pathway space utilisation in raised floor or overhead cable trays as well as eliminating on site scrap which makes for a greener installation.  All scrap from the factory termination process is 100 per cent recycled as part of Siemon’s zero-landfill commitment to the environment.

These durable panels are constructed of lightweight, high strength steel with industrial black finish, scratch/fade resistant port marking and user-friendly integrated cable management.  Port identification is enhanced through the Z-MAX panel’s high visibility magnifying labeling system.

Z-MAX 6A shielded panels feature Siemon’s integrated Quick Ground™ technology, which automatically grounds Z-MAX 6A shielded modules to the panel upon insertion, eliminating additional outlet grounding steps.  Both Z-MAX shielded and unshielded panels are available as complete kits including patch panel, Z-MAX panel outlets and all necessary accessories. Empty panels are also available for use with Z-MAX pre-terminated trunking cable assemblies.

Siemon’s Z-MAX 6A line includes complete end-to-end category 6A/class EA systems in both shielded and unshielded configurations.  The full Z-MAX 6A channel consists of Z-MAX 6A outlets, Siemon category 6A cable and Z-MAX 6A patch panels, as well as patent pending Z-MAX 6A patch cords that feature a precisely tuned printed circuit board (PCB) into every plug for enhanced signal and unparalleled end-to-end system performance.

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About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon™ is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. With global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) and fibre cabling systems available and is one of only three network cabling infrastructure companies worldwide with true global partnership capabilities. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

www.siemon.com/uk

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ADC KRONE Offers Structured Cabling Catalogue Online

Released: January 2010

  • Launches Online Searchable Resource 
  • Features Several Unique Applications  
  • Makes It an Easy, One-Stop Reference for Customers 

ADC KRONE (NASDAQ: ADCT; www.adckrone.com) today announced that the new electronic version of its industry-leading structured cabling catalogue can be found online at www.adc-products.com or within the main www.adckrone.com website.  The online resource features several unique applications that now make it an easy, one-stop reference for installers and consultants looking for information on ADC KRONE’s comprehensive product portfolio.  

Features include a powerful customised search engine that allows clients to find products by keyword, product type or product code. In addition, the information is displayed more clearly, with well-defined links to each range of products.

A print preview feature means that details of all ADC KRONE products are also available as standalone data sheets. These sheets can be printed and simply inserted directly into tender documents without downloading them in PDF format.

“Putting our catalogue on-line makes sense in so many ways because it offers an enhanced customer experience by making it easier for them to find full details about the products they are interested in,” said Mike Williams, enterprise marketing manager for ADC KRONE. “It also means we can keep it updated and ensure that our customers always have access to the latest technical information. Another benefit is that by reducing the printing and distribution of our large 400-page catalogue, we can minimise costs and our carbon foot print.”

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About ADC KRONE

ADC serves its customers as ADC KRONE in the Europe/Middle East/Africa, Asia-Pacific regions of the world. ADC KRONE provides the network infrastructure equipment and services needed to deliver voice, video, Internet and data communications around the world. Wireline, wireless, cable, enterprise, and broadcast network operators rely on ADC offerings to deliver bandwidth intensive, high-speed services to residential, business and mobile subscribers. ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) has sales into more than 130 countries. Learn more about ADC KRONE at www.adckrone.com.

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