As a LAN cabling extension to its PerCONNECT data center infrastructure line, and representing "an innovative redundant Ethernet cabling concept," Rosenberger OSI recently unveiled its EcoFlex'IT platform, aimed at the enterprise office and building sector. The platform is designed to enable an efficient active and passive networking from a single source.
“As a cabling system, PerCONNECT EcoFlex'IT integrates into any work environment without the need of additional space, can be taken out again at any time, is easy to move, and is flexibly upgradeable,” comments Stefan Wiener, product manager of Rosenberger OSI's LAN portfolio. "EcoFlex'IT is the next step on from PerCONNECT, with active components and an innovative overall concept which focuses on efficient and flexible new and existing network installations."
A central element in the new system is the Active Consolidation Point (ACP) technology, which is responsible for distributing the Ethernet data. According to Rosenberger OSI, "The ACP is integrated in the system's backbone with fiber optics and distributes in a close tertiary area (max. 20 meters) based on copper trunks or patch cables. The special feature of the system: As the ACPs will be installed in raised floors, ceilings or walls, the cabling system can be integrated in any work environment without the need for additional space." Due to less cabling being deployed, fire risks, cable routing and firewall dimensions for enterprise building and office facilities are also reduced, notes the company.
"The system can be easily expanded and modified in any new or existing networks. In case of a move, the user has an additional investment protection, as all active and almost all passive components of EcoFlex'IT can be reused again" adds Rosenberger OSI's Wiener.
The company emphasizes that its PerCONNECT EcoFlex'IT system comprises a ring configuration that is redundantly designed, and can therefore be retrofitted easily without interrupting any operations. "The complete concept can be named as FTT ACP --- fiber to the Active Consolidation point)," adds a Rosenberger OSI press release. The release adds, "Rosenberger OSI plans, installs and commissions the solution on site itself or through qualified partners. Via use of pre-assembled cables, the customer saves up to 50% in time and money during installation. Furthermore, the system saves up to 60% in material costs for tertiary copper cabling."