Siemon supplying cabling for IBM Portable Modular Data Center

Dec. 4, 2009
The PMDC can include Siemon's Category 6A or 7 twisted-pair copper cabling systems, the MapIT G2 Infrastructure Management System, as well as plug-and-play fiber-optic cabling solutions.

December 4, 2009Siemon recently announced that its products can be implemented within IBM’s Portable Modular Data Center (PMDC), which the company most recently displayed at the Gartner Data Center Conference. Siemon products that can be found in the PMDC include Category 6A and 7A twisted-pair copper cabling systems, MapIT G2 Infrastructure Management System, and 10-, 40-, and 100-Gigabit-ready plug-and-play fiber-optic cabling solutions.

As part of a supplier agreement between IBM and Siemon, PDMCs can be delivered with Siemon cabling already installed and ready to connect. Based on IBM client requirements, these pre-installed cabling infrastructures may include any of Siemon’s high-performance cabling systems including the IBM-branded FTS I-Line. Launched globally as part of IBM’s Fiber Transport System (FTS), the IBM FTS I-Line is a specialized offering of high-performance plug-and-play preterminated fiber cabling, developed specifically under Siemon’s quality guidelines.

The PMDC may also be delivered with Siemon’s twisted-pair copper cabling solutions, including shielded and unshielded systems ranging from Category 5e to Category 6A, to the Category 7 TERA system, Siemon explains.

IBM’s PMDC is a high-density containerized data center solution that allows IBM clients to create or expand existing data center floor space without major construction or building retrofit. Designed to be compact and energy efficient, the PMDC approach can potentially reduce operating costs and carbon footprint, the company says.

The PMDCs are delivered as predesigned modular units that can include power, cooling, fire detection and suppression, access control, and other features. The containers are designed to provide an open IT infrastructure, the company says, and they offer complete, equipment-ready racks and cabling systems to support a wide array of equipment vendors, types, configurations, and mounting styles.

“In a global economy, many organizations are finding they require remote or mobile data centers for installation in a wide variety of locations around the world,” said Steve Sams, IBM vice president of global site and facilities services. “By working with Siemon to deliver innovative products, IBM has been able to provide clients with a flexible and efficient data center solution closer to clients, manufacturing sites, and remote operations.”

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