Cannon Technologies debuts new T4 product

Free Form Aisle Cocooning technology allows for integration of legacy systems, lower energy footprint

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Cannon Technologies debuts new T4 product Cannon has debuted its new Free Form Aisle Cocooning technology from its T4 range.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 28, 2012

Cannon Technologies has revealed its Free Form Aisle Cocooning technology from its T4 range.

This advanced technology is designed to unite cost-effective air cabling containment - along with an air flow containment system - into a single integrated solution that features vertical closure panels, support for legacy technologies and a low energy footprint.

The technology supports an end-to-end-edge beam infrastructure, underpinning the overhead cocooning panels above the aisle without being individually dedicated to any one rack, as well as allowing easy deployment and support for legacy systems. Other features include extendable vertical closure panels for cold air flows, as well as support for a wide range of active and passive cocooning features.

"A key feature is that both OEM and non-Cannon racks are fully supported - they can be added or removed from the row - maintaining support for legacy investments where appropriate," said Mark Awdas, Cannon's engineering manager. "Furthermore, because Free Form Aisle Cocooning enables an installed rack to be removed from a row of racks - quickly and easily - and within the space of a few minutes - its cost efficiencies extend well beyond the capex arena and firmly into the opex proficiency stakes," he added.

During installation, the system is designed to allow all rack-mounted cable raceways to remain undisturbed and replacement racks can be introduced into the system quickly and easily.

Legacy systems support is also designed to allow a cost-effective retrofit aisle cocooning solution that has both short-term and long-term opex advantages, where old rack installations exist - even with mixed rack types and sizes.

"Where old rack installations exist - even with mixed rack types and sizes - the Cannon Free Form Aisle Cocooning system provides a cost effective retrofit solution. It's good practice to restrict any open span in the row to three rack widths [3 x 800mm cabinets = 2400mm, 7-11in] or four rack widths [4 x 600mm cabinets = 2400mm, 7-11in]," he said.

"This advanced technology is a win-win option in both the modern data centre capex and opex stakes, and offers clients the opportunity to enjoy an excellent return-on-investment, whilst staying on the positive side of the ecology line."

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