Cannon Technologies develops overhead raceways

T4 range is designed to reduce air dams by taking copper, fibre cabling overhead

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Cannon Technologies develops overhead raceways Cannon Technologies has developed a range of cabling raceways and trays for copper and fibre cables that are designed for a retrofit situation to guarantee that there is no need for emergency on-site re-engineering.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  April 26, 2012

Cannon Technologies has developed a range of T4 overhead raceways for copper and fibre cabling, designed to integrate with the company's T4 cold air cocooning solution.

The T4 raceways are matched to all of the companies' wide range of equipment cabinets, racks and frames both in terms of fixings and cable entry/exit points and are available as both ‘single-deck' and ‘double-decker'. The raceways fix directly to the tops of the cabinets and the double-decker version allows route or cable type segregation - for example segregating fibre cables from copper or A-route from B-route.

"We believe that data centre infrastructure should also be plug-and-play," said Cannon Technologies MD Matt Goulding.

The T4 cable trays and T4 raceways are designed particularly for a retrofit situation to guarantee that there is no need for emergency on-site re-engineering.

According to Cannon, there is a very strong move towards overhead raceways for both copper and fibre cabling in order to leave the underfloor area free of the big air dams which masses of Cat 6A 10Gigabit/s cables are now tending to form. Air dams have a serious adverse effect on cooling efficiency and effectiveness.

One of the major issues with overhead cable trays or raceways, that Cannon has tried to overcome with the new T4 range, is that - if they are not from the same ‘family' as the data centre racks/cabinets - companies may have to spend a lot of time and effort on engineering and installation problems to overcome on-site difficulties with different fixings and cable entry/exits failing to line up properly.

Also, non-family cable trays and raceways can seriously interfere with the roof-section fixings needed for cold-aisle containment or cocooning solutions. This can cause difficulties when both are being installed together. The scope for problems, when it is intended that cold-aisle cocooning will be retrofitted at a future date is immense; a potential engineering nightmare and a risk to future uptime.

Cannon's new T4 cable trays and raceways are designed to help prevent these problems occurring.

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