Siemon has added its angled Smart Patch Panels (SPP) to the company's MapIT G2 intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) system.
In addition to its intelligent features and functionality, the 24-port, 1 rack-mount space (U) angled design of the new SPP allows patch cords to be routed directly into vertical cable managers, eliminating the need for additional horizontal cable managers and saving valuable rack space and maximizing data center density.
Available in Category 6A (Class EA) shielded and unshielded and Category 6 (Class E) unshielded configurations, the new MapIT G2 angled patch panel is offered as both a fully functional SPP with integrated electronics and an “Intelligence-Ready” configuration. Designed specifically for users planning future deployment of IIM systems, these field-upgradable Intelligence-Ready panels can be installed day one as standard patch panels and later upgraded as needed to fully intelligent SPPs with the simple addition of MapIT G2 electronics. This capability provides a simple and cost-effective IIM migration path. Electronics can be easily added to Intelligence-Ready panels without disrupting horizontal cabling and patch cords already connected to the panels.
Designed to help network and data center professionals manage, monitor and secure physical IT infrastructures, the MapIT G2 system integrates intelligent connectivity with previously launched user-friendly Master Control Panels and the proprietary MapIT software to provide real-time tracking and reporting of network-wide physical layer activity. All MapIT G2 SPPs, including the new angled versions, feature an onboard LCD screen that provides connection status, diagnostics and dynamic label information.
The LCD display provides more detailed instructions to technicians versus simple LEDs or traditional non-intelligent panels, says the company. The ability to monitor and display patching fields in real time and perform diagnostics through this onboard interface is intended to reduce troubleshooting time and speeds the completion of work orders.
Siemon claims the MapIT G2 system enables 80% higher density than competing IIM systems, providing a significant reduction in the amount of critical and expensive data center rack/cabinet and floor space dedicated to physical layer infrastructure management. For example, common IIM systems can require up to 60U of equipment to manage 20,000 ports. MapIT G2 can manage the same 20,000 ports in just 7U, contends the company.
In addition to improved density, Siemon notes that the MapIT G2 system also reduces power consumption, using 75% less power than other IIM systems for a “green” advantage. Lower power consumption also significantly cuts heat generation, improving the energy efficiency of data center thermal management systems.