Anixter, IBM team on portable modular data center offering

The distributor of communications products is participating with support for IBM's Portable Modular Data Center (PMDC) rollout.

December 9, 2009 --Anixter (NYSE: AXE) announced that it is participating in IBM's modular data center family of solutions with support for IBM's Portable Modular Data Center (PMDC) rollout. IBM's container solution provides a fully functional data center complete with the IT equipment and physical infrastructure including cabling, racks and cabinets, UPS, cooling systems, intelligent patching and physical security.

The open-architecture containers support equipment from multiple manufacturers and can be dropped into a wide range of environments. Because both IBM and Anixter are global in scale, the PMDC is available for deployment whenever a remote, mobile or temporary data center is needed. The combined expertise of cabling infrastructure know-how from Anixter and data center design from IBM ensures customers receive customized, ready-for-operation solutions based on industry-standard requirements.

As a provider of network infrastructure cabling and physical security products for the IBM PMDC, Anixter is a principal member of an ecosystem of suppliers that provides customers with a flexible solution that doesn't lock them into a single-supplier solution. As an expert in a wide variety of data center infrastructure technologies, Anixter provides a wide base of tailored products including cabling, power, cooling, video surveillance, access control and intelligent infrastructure solutions such as intelligent patching and environmental monitoring. Anixter also offers additional technical assistance for rack and cabinet configurations.

As the need for data centers expands around the world, the call for temporary and mobile solutions is only increasing. "We have seen a growing need for this type of solution," says Andy Jimenez, Anixter's vice president of technology for enterprise cabling solutions. "By equipping the PMDC with the cabling infrastructure solutions, end-users receive a self-contained data center solution that can quickly deliver functionality and capacity when and where it is needed."

IBM's PMDC solution targets users that are looking to quickly create and deploy a self-contained data center at remote, temporary or mobile locations. The high-density computing environment is easy to expand or relocate and can increase a traditional data center's floor space without major construction or create a repeatable environment for one or multiple sites. Available in 20-, 40- and 53- foot containers, each PMDC can include N, N+1 or 2N redundancy throughout the data center infrastructure and is capable of supporting a variety of data center infrastructure environments. It is physically secure and resistant to water, humidity, external temperatures, RFI/EMF, fire and smoke.

"Having a reliable, standards-based infrastructure developed for the container is essential in delivering a high-value modular component to our customers," comments Steven Sams, vice president of IBM's Global Site and Facilities Services. "By bringing its physical layer data center expertise to the PMDC offer, Anixter is playing a key role in the ecosystem needed to create this unique data center solution."

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