Released: November 2009
Siemon has launched new end of row zero-U patching and cable management options to its high density VersaPOD data centre cabinet system. Previously available as a copper and fibre patching solution that utilised the vertical space between two bayed VersaPOD cabinets, this new product set brings the same high-density, zero-U capabilities to end of row and stand-alone cabinets.
The end of row vertical panels mount between the VersaPOD cabinet’s corner posts and side panels, allowing 4 standard 1U patch panels or fibre enclosures to be mounted vertically. These panels may be mounted on both ends and in the front and rear of the cabinet, providing an additional 16U of mounting space to a stand-alone cabinet, without consuming horizontal mounting space.
“Combining VersaPOD’s 24U of zero-U vertical patching space between bayed cabinets with the new end of row capabilities frees up 40 horizontal mounting spaces for every two cabinets,” claims Siemon’s marketing manager Graeme Stoker. “Ultimately, fewer cabinets are needed, saving cabinet cost and valuable data centre floor space.”
Cable management and patching in the VersaPOD are located in dedicated zero-U spaces that eliminate cable obstructions in equipment mounting areas for improved cold aisle, hot aisle air flow and thermal management.
Vertical zero-U panels also provide ideal patching proximity to active equipment, minimizing patch cord runs and slack congestion. This cord and cable management benefit may be further enhanced by optional cable management fingers that can be mounted alongside each zero-U panel to facilitate routing of copper patch cords or fibre jumpers between patching fields. Zero-U vertical patching areas can also be used to mount PDU’s to service the equipment mounted in the adjacent 45U of horizontal mounting space.
In addition to mounting patch panels and fibre enclosures, VersaPOD’s end of row options include new thermal management blanking panels. These panels seal the air gap between the cabinet corner posts and side panels, enhancing the VersaPOD’s hot aisle/cold aisle isolation capabilities. Along with provisions for roof mounted cooling fans, brush guards and grommets for cable access points and highly perforated front and rear doors, the VersaPOD has been designed to maximize data centre thermal management efficiency.
VersaPOD’s design offers full accessibility to the zero-U vertical space from the front and rear of each bayed unit. Dual hinged front doors open from both the left and right and are easily removed. Split rear doors operate on a quad hinge design, allowing each split door to be independently opened in either direction, or removed. All doors and side panels are lockable to prevent unauthorized access to critical equipment connections.
For more information in Siemon’s VersaPOD, as well as other Siemon network cabling and connectivity innovations, visit www.siemon.com/uk/versapod.
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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.