Siemon launches VersaPOD data center solution

Oct. 6, 2008
October 6, 2008--Siemon's VersaPOD data center solution integrates bayed data center cabinets with high density zero U vertical patching and cable management.

October 6, 2008--Siemon's VersaPOD data center solution integrates bayed data center cabinets with high density zero U vertical patching and cable management.

VersaPOD is available with a variety of integrated zero U vertical patch panels (VPP) for support of copper and fiber patching. The VPPs supply up to up to 288 patching ports in the front and/or rear vertical space between two bayed cabinets without consuming horizontal mounting space. By freeing horizontal cabinet space, greater active equipment density may be realized, reducing the number of cabinets required by up to 20%. By utilizing the vertical space adjacent to the vertical mounting rails, the VPPs provide patching proximity to active equipment, minimizing patch cord runs and slack congestion. Each VPP can slide forward from its mounting position, providing simplified access to the rear of the VPP.

A 6U VPP option is available for mounting up to twelve 1 RMS or four 3RMS horizontal patch panels or fiber enclosures. Vertical 4-inch cable management fingers can be mounted alongside each VPP to facilitate routing of copper patch cords or fiber jumpers between patching fields as well as in cabinet-to-cabinet connections. Recessed corner posts provide unimpeded cabling access across the entire front and rear of multiple bayed units.

VersaPOD combines zero U vertical patching with 45U of highly configurable horizontal rack mount spaces. Each cabinet is constructed of a welded cold-rolled steel frame with industrial black finish, and measures 760 mm (30") wide by 1,000 mm (39.4") deep. An open floor design and multiple roof entry points allow flexible routing of horizontal and backbone cable.

Dual hinged front doors open from both the left and right and are easily removed. Split rear doors offer 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.

This system was designed to help maximize data center thermal management efficiency. Perforated front and rear doors offer more than 70% airflow. In situations where cabinet-to-cabinet isolation is desired, optional cable trays are designed to minimize airflow between bayed cabinets while providing cable routing and slack management of horizontal or backbone cables terminated behind the VPPs. Each VersaPOD includes provisions for roof-mounted cooling fans and additional accessories to promote hot aisle/cold aisle isolation, such as brush guards and grommets for cable access points.

"From the start, the VersaPOD was designed as an integrated data center enclosure system, not just a cabinet," says Mike Boisseau, Siemon product manager. "Our goal was to solve the most critical data center needs in a single, integrated, aesthetically pleasing and scalable solution."

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