Virtus Data Centres sponsors EuroCloud

Virtus Data Centres (‘Virtus’), London’s most modern and flexible data centre specialist announces today that it will be the sole sponsor for EuroCloud’s monthly meet up.

Discussing the future of the Cloud, September’s event will bring together five thought leaders, including IBM’s UK & Ireland Cloud Lead, Doug Clark, to give presentations. This will be followed by a moderated panel session, at which the audience can test the robustness of the leaders’ vision, and then wrapped up with a networking after-party. The event will be attended by 40 to 50 Cloud CEO’s and CTO’s from across the Cloud industry.

Join the speakers, EuroCloud members and Virtus at 15:30 on Thursday 19th September at the Furniture Makers Hall. If you would like to come along, follow the link below. Attendance is open to all and free for EuroCloud members.


About Virtus

Virtus is London’s most modern and flexible data centre specialist. Its high quality, environmentally efficient and carrier rich data centres are the power and connectivity behind London’s financial, media, cloud and digital economy businesses.

Since 2008 it has built and operated highly connected data centres located in prime but cost effective locations close to the centre of London. Its sites provide multi-use, highly resilient and secure Tier 3 facilities, ideally flexible for handling a broad range of requirements for businesses of all sizes.

By owning and designing its own data centres it has maintained an emphasis on high power density and environmentally friendly cooling technology.  This maximises efficiency, minimises environmental impact and reduces operating costs for its clients.

Today it continues to innovate in the way businesses of all types buy data centre services to ensure it exceed its clients’ expectations in quality, flexibility, service and value.

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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 or via the Dubai Regional HQ on +971 (4)454 8644


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.

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


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.”


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 or at


Grey Cabinets Help Cut Data Centre Lighting Costs By A Third

Data centres could save a third of their lighting costs by replacing black server cabinets with grey ones, believes Mark Hirst, T4 Product Manager, Cannon Technologies Limited. In fact, choosing to use grey or white cabinets during an equipment refresh can make bigger savings than intelligent lighting systems which use movement-sensitive lights.

Ambient light levels in a server room are crucial for the engineers who maintain the systems but ironically it can be the equipment itself which can make a significant impact. The light reflective value (LRV) of black server racks can be as little as 5% whereas grey or white will reflect up to 80% of the light. “Using the LRV of the server cabinet colour, it is not unrealistic to see a saving of around 30% on the lighting in a data centre,” says Hirst.

“It may also be surprising to some people that lighting can account for 3-5% of the power costs in a data centre,” continues Hirst. This comes at a time where data centre owners are facing a double increase in power costs. Not only have some seen power costs rise by over 6% as contracts have been renewed but the carbon taxes introduced as part of the European Union’s green policies will further increase bills.

The savings that can be made are significant. A small 1MW data centre where 5% of the total power is consumed by lighting will use 50kW to light the server rooms. A 30% reduction would deliver a saving of 15kW. Assuming 10p per kWh this data centre could save £36 per day, or £13,140 per year, the equivalent of a junior operator’s salary.

An average UK data centre, which would draw around 5MW, would save over £65,000 per year. On top of those power cost reductions there would also be the savings in carbon tax and all of this could be achieved by just choosing different colour cabinets. “Manufacturers have already taken this on board,” says Hirst. “HP’s kit is now in grey and Cisco’s new data centre in the USA used bright white cabinets. In the data centre, grey is definitely the new black.”

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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.’

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”.




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.”


TEXPO Agreement Signals Continued Growth Of Cannon Technologies In The Middle East & Pakistan

Cannon Technologies has taken another significant step in its planned expansion into the Middle East & Pakistan, after signing an exclusive partnership agreement with TEXPO.

The collaboration with TEXPO, the global technology infrastructure provider will cover the distribution of Cannon Technologies’ market leading T4 Data Centre Solutions to end users across Pakistan, as well as other parts of the Middle East.

Headquartered in Dubai, TEXPO is a well-respected business working across Pakistan, much of the Middle East and the US, and is well-known for its expertise in data centre project implementation.

Company CEO Dr Sarfaraz Alam was recently honoured at Power 100, an event which commends the 100 most powerful and influential leading Pakistani men and women in the world.

Commenting on the new partnership, James Coughlan, director of Cannon Technologies Middle East, says: “Our agreement with TEXPO is part of our expansion plan in the Middle East and Pakistan. We are proud to associate our products with TEXPO, a business with a similar outlook to us in areas such as innovation and customer care, and which has a superb track record as a technology infrastructure provider. We both believe that this partnership will be a step in the right direction towards growing our business and servicing our client base in Pakistan.”

TEXPO’s CEO, Dr Sarfaraz Alam adds: “We’re at the centre of a fast growing market that demands innovative and robust IT solutions. Cannon Technologies has long been a market leader when it comes to developing ideas that make data centres run more smoothly and more efficiently.

“Data centres are now the hub of so many successful businesses and we’re confident that this partnership will help to bring a new level of reliability to the market. And by opting for Cannon Technologies innovative products, we can provide great value for money to our customer in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Pakistani markets.”

TEXPO will distribute the full range of Cannon’s T4 Data Centre Solutions, including Free Form Aisle Cocooning, an advanced technology which provides cost-effective air cabling containment as a single integrated solution, and features vertical closure panels, support for legacy technologies and a low energy footprint.

Other products include a range of mini-data centre side mount cooling units, as well as the award winning ServerSmart Cab server cabinets, which offer unparalleled cooling capabilities and provide the perfect environment for universal housing of 19-inch servers.

TEXPO will also be increasing the penetration of the recently updated Cannon T4 Data Centre Manager (T4 DCM) software suite. The latest version means the network operations centre (NOC) can monitor a company’s entire global data centre portfolio as a single bar on the monitor screen and allows preventative or restorative action to be instigated in seconds.


Cannon Technologies Launches High-Spec Flat-Pack Data Centre External Grade Building

Until now Modular Data Centre has meant either a number of racks installed in an ISO-style shipping container or in a pre-fabricated building. While both are modular they come in fairly large and expensive ‘chunks’ and are often used as buildings within buildings rather than being stand-alone buildings in their own right.

New to the commercial modular data centre industry is Cannon Technologies’ Incremental T4 Modular Datacentre – a complete external grade data centre building that can be almost any size or shape, capable of withstanding wind, rain, snow, seismic activity, hurricanes and desert heat yet can be specified (and extended) in units as small as one standard data rack width.

A complete building in its own right, able to house offices and NOCs in addition to data halls, and in many jurisdictions it needs no planning permission because, despite its 25+ year design life it can be classed as a temporary structure. It also protects investment because it is just as easy to disassemble, transport and re-use as it is to assemble in the first place.

Not only this but without any need for cranes or special transporters and road closures for delivery – it is rapidly assembled onsite. Every panel is one-man manageable and simply slots together to form a building complete with data racks in place. From site delivery to complete working datacentre from a few days to two or three weeks

Cannon Technologies has used its 30 years of experience building outdoor structures for the military and telecoms network sectors to create its new Incremental Modular T4 Data Centre. New, that is, to the commercial sector – in fact the building system has been developed over many years for military data centre applications and is therefore well tried and tested.

With its ability to be specified and extended in very small increments, the Incremental Modular T4 Data Centre can be deployed in spaces where other modular forms cannot – for example in small pockets of space and around obstructions in layouts from square, to rectangular, to “?”, “L” and “H” shapes even more complex shapes. Being relatively lightweight and with no need for cranes for delivery it can even be deployed on building roofs.

Conventional ‘bricks-and-mortar” data centres have always been very heavily front-loaded in terms of capital expenditure (CapEx) and spend most of their working lives far below maximum efficiency on either CapEx or OpEx. The other types of modular datacentres help somewhat by delaying CapEx, but they tend to have a premium cost by their very nature. Cannon Technologies’ Incremental T4 Modular Data Centre due to its polyhedral construction is highly cost efficient, well insulated to reduce solar gain and together with close coupled or free cooling represents usually a significantly lower CapEx and OpEx cost than bricks-and-mortar, containerised or pre-fabricated alternatives.

By way of its extremely small module of incremental growth (which by the way is also extremely easy and quick to implement) it is believed to represent the best pay-as-you-grow data centre solution now available.

Heavy Duty Specification
Based on over 20 years’ experience with this building construction technique in the field, Cannon Technologies has designed and factory builds the system to high specification based on a number of industry standards.
Built usually of 100mm walls, each of two 2mm fully galvanised and powder coated skins with Rockwool insulation – the entire building is fire rated to typically one hour in accordance with BS476 Pt20&22. With similar constructional specimens over 20 years old still looking good and performing well in the field, life expectancy is 25+ years
It is lightning protected to BS EN62305 and wind resistant up to 150mph. (Suitable ground fixings are needed to avoid sliding in hurricane conditions.)
Physical security is paramount and the building is designed to meet LPS1175 Rating-3, Tools Category-3 – meaning it can withstand a deliberate attempt at forced entry using bodily physical force and tools such as axe, cold chisel, brick bolster, crow bar, lump hammer and cordless drill.
The building can be constructed on a concrete pad or without, using a specially designed sub-frame.
It is designed specifically to allow simple assembly, disassembly, removal and re-deployment, enabling any global site to be utilised
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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 Makes Light Work Of Splicing With KeyQuick®

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has announced the availability of the innovative KeyQuick mechanical splice and field installable connectors. Designed to ensure superior, high performance fibre optic based networks, the system meets the need for a fast, accurate and user friendly splicing process.

Available in the UK exclusively from Brand-Rex, the KeyQuick mechanical splice offers industry leading reliability and its unique design gives superb results consistently performing under 0.1db. Easy to connect, it has a unique transparent body with refractive properties that ensures accuracy by acting as a visual fault detector. A red light becomes visible within the splice body when fibres are misaligned, but then disappears when a good connection is made. This design also means that no additional tools are required to verify the connection.

For installers time is money and using KeyQuick allows 2.5 times more singlemode (OS1 and OS2) or multimode (OM3 and OM4) fibre connections when compared with the traditional fusion splice method.

Ideal for deployment in any fibre optic cabling infrastructure, the connectors and mechanical splices provide an easy way to make field terminations that improve installation times within buildings or outside plant without compromising performance. This can make a real difference in data centres, enterprise LANs, WANs, FTTx and next generation networks,

KeyQuick mechanical splices and field terminateable connectors are available in the UK only from Brand-Rex and in the other regions where they operate. This new product perfectly complements the Brand-Rex industry leading fibre optic cabling systems, including its FibrePlus range.

‘Splicing fibre optic cables is a time consuming and laborious task, which must be completed with meticulous care and attention,’ commented Ken Hodge, Chief Technology Officer at Brand-Rex. ‘Therefore, anything that can help make the process faster while ensuring the quality of the splice should be of interest to the many installers carrying out this type of work. KeyQuick is able to achieve all these objectives and I’m delighted that we are able to offer this solution as part of our expanding fibre optic cabling portfolio.’

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Global Domination For Cannon T4 Data Centre Manager

Cannon Technologies has announced new developments and advances to their long established Cannon T4 Data Centre Manager (T4 DCM) software suite.

The latest version allows the network operations centre (NOC) to monitor a company’s entire global data centre portfolio as a single bar on the monitor screen. The bar is green when all is alarm-free, but as soon as any out-of-operating-window or out-of-tolerance situation is detected (related to power, temperature, security, cooling and hundreds of other factors) at any of the data centres globally – the bar will flash red and an audible alarm is sounded.

One mouse click on the flashing bar reveals the data centre containing the alarm situation. A second click zooms straight to the offending rack and displays full details of the alarm conditions. Preventative or restorative action can be instigated in seconds.

The new release gives admins the ability to create unlimited numbers of Groups and to assign every asset (such as racks, sensors and individual pieces of active equipment) to multiple Groups in Cannon T4 DCM means that admins and users can easily view factors (such as power load, cooling load, security status, doors open for maintenance, UPS status etc) in groupings that are logical for that user.

For example you could create a Global Group for all racks in any data centre where there are servers belonging to the HR department’s operations. Or a complete global view of power. Or perhaps all DCs in a county such as Yorkshire – or a region such as AsiaPac. It is totally flexible, to reflect real-world operational requirements.

Granular security
It’s not widely recognized yet that DCIM (data centre infrastructure management) information – such as power consumption – can be used to gain commercial intelligence on a co-located competitor’s operations. But it can.

Yet most DCIM systems allow all users, including co-lo customers, to have access to the full suite of information. The only solution with such systems is to bar all customers from having access, which is clearly unsatisfactory.

The latest release of Cannon T4 Data Centre Manager instigates Granular Security so that, for example, departments and customers can easily be restricted to seeing only the information relevant to them – ensuring commercial confidentiality.

Granular Groupings
Adding together both granular security and groupings now means that a multi-site customer can have access on a global view basis to all of their relevant operational information in any groupings they want – but with total confidence that no competitors can see their commercially sensitive statistics at any of the controlled data centres worldwide.

Predictive configuration
This latest release of Cannon T4 DCM just got smart. It now learns from your previous activities. So, if DCM detects that you’re configuring a cabinet security lock (be it RFID, PINcode, fingerprint or iris scan), T4 DCM will immediately detect all other unconfigured locks and ask if you want to configure them too.

It also identifies all relevant configs already stored and offers these for re-use or editing. If required, T4 DCM will then do an ‘all at once’ configuration for maybe several hundred racks. This is a massive time saver.

Smart Action
The temperature in Rack 237 in a data centre in Malaysia 7000km away is rising.
Cannon T4 DCM has identified this as a ‘worrying trend’. But no need for the NOC in Germany to take any action – T4 DCM can issue SNMP commands to the equipment in that rack to shed load.

If that doesn’t reverse the trend, maybe due to a fault condition, T4 DCM can issue further instructions to undertake an orderly shut down.

As a last resort – in order to ensure that a whole rack of equipment isn’t causing overheat damage – T4 DCM will disconnect the power from one or more pieces of equipment in the rack until the temperature is under control. Full information is provided back to the NOC.

Of course this is just one illustration of thousands of possible smart actions that the new Cannon T4 DCM can take. For full details of the very latest Cannon T4 Data Centre Manager developments, please go to :


Brand-Rex Maximises Network Security With The Secure LC Patch Cord System

Brand-Rex, Europe’s leading supplier of network infrastructure solutions for enterprise and data centre networks, has announced the launch of its Secure LC Patch Cord System which is designed to maximise security and minimise the possibility of downtime due to unauthorised access.

Manufactured to the highest possible standards, it is the perfect choice for any application where security is priority and the protection of sensitive information is paramount. Part of the company’s innovative FibrePlus fibre optic cabling portfolio, the Secure LC Patch Cord System comprises a secure patch cord, a blank adaptor plug and an extraction key.

The Secure LC patch cord’s push to latch and lock system prevents unauthorised port access or changes, restricts access to unused ports and offers complete protection from the ingress of dust. The patch cord can only be removed using a unique extraction key, which unlocks and releases the connectors. They are available for custom applications and are offered in a variety of colour-coded options so that they only release the same coloured LC connector or blank adaptor plug.

Available in a variety of lengths, the LC Duplex patch cord is compatible with singlemode and multimode fibre optic based systems and can be plugged into any industry compliant duplex adaptor, quad adaptor, or active interface.

It is particularly suitable for high density applications where space is at a premium and its design means that it can be easily accessed when installed in a cabinet. Highly cost effective and easy to use, the system can also be retrofitted into an existing installation and does not require the purchase and use of expensive special adaptors.

‘Network security is a top priority and using the Secure LC Patch Cord System will help achieve this important objective,’ commented Ian Wilkie, supply chain director at Brand-Rex. ‘Suitable for use in variety of environments such as healthcare, military, financial and educational sectors, as well as data centres, it is part of our ongoing commitment to providing best in class solutions that meet the requirements of the modern 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.’


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!”


Siemon Highlights Its High Density Solutions At Data Centre World

Siemon, the leading network infrastructure specialist, will attend this year’s Data Centre World Conference & Expo – which takes place at London’s Olympia between 29th February and 1st March 2012 – to demonstrate its innovative high density solutions which have been designed to maximise the use of available space.

One of the many highlights on stand D25 will be two of Siemon’s VersaPOD cabinets that will be fully configured with equipment from the company’s 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Plug and Play fibre patching solution that is based on pre-terminated MTP fibre trunks and cassettes for simplicity, rapid deployment and reliability.

Designed to meet the high density requirements of the modern data centre, Siemon’s VersaPOD can reduce the number of cabinets required by as much as 20 per cent by leveraging the vertical space between bayed cabinets for patching and cable management. This frees critical horizontal space for active equipment and provides the ultimate density in the minimum floor space.

Also on display will be the company’s Z-MAX Category 6A 10 Gigabit Ethernet solution as well as its TERA Category 7A system, which is the world’s highest performing twisted pair shielded cabling system for 10 Gigabit Ethernet and beyond.

Highlighting the diversity of Siemon’s offering, visitors will be able to experience its MapIT G2 next generation intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) solution that allows 24/7 monitoring and control of the physical layer data centre environment, while providing Sarbanes-Oxley compliant audit trails.

Continuing the theme of space utilisation, delegates at the Data Centre World Conference will also get the opportunity to attend a presentation by Siemon’s globally renowned data centre infrastructure expert, Alberto Zucchinali, who will discuss the massive impact that initial cabling design choices can have on long-term space efficiency.

During his presentation in the Infrastructure and Facilities Theatre on 1st March at 10.00am, Zucchinali will evaluate the range of space saving options available to enable customers to optimise their data centre footprint early on in the design phase. Highlighting the range of options currently available, he will also examine the impact of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and look at the impact of 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet next generation cabling on data centre design and architecture.

‘We are looking forward to demonstrating why Siemon continues to lead the way in the design and manufacture of network infrastructure solutions,’ commented Steven Foster, Siemon’s managing director EMEA. ‘By visiting stand D25 and talking to our experts, data centre managers will be able to see for themselves how our technical solutions can simplify their decision making processes.’