Siemon sets up demo unit for Egypt partner

Fully equipped VersaPOD data centre cabinets to give customers hands-on experience

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Siemon sets up demo unit for Egypt partner VersaPOD data centre cabinets showcase Siemons’ latest data centre infrastructure.
By  David Ndichu Published  August 4, 2016

Siemon, network infrastructure vendor, has supplied its distribution partner MBK with a set of fully equipped VersaPOD data centre cabinets.

MBK installed these at their training facility in New Maadi, Cairo to help educate and train end users, consultants and channel partners on Siemon’s WheelHouse data centre solutions.

In addition to showcasing Siemons’ latest data centre infrastructure, the VersaPOD cabinets aim to demonstrate ability to address critical aspects in the data centre, including the need for increased equipment density, ease of installation, accessibility and thermal efficiency, the company says.

Featuring shared Zero-U space between bayed cabinets that can be used for patching, power distribution and cable management, the cabinets enable moving cabling into vertical patching fields to free up valuable horizontal mounting space inside the cabinet and enable higher active equipment density. They also reduce stranded power and offer significant savings by sharing power distribution units (PDUs) between adjacent cabinets.

Both optical fibre and high-performance copper cabling are on display in the VersaPOD cabinets. This includes Siemon’s LightStack ultra high-density plug and play fibre system that has the capacity to house up to 144 LC or 864 MTP fibres within 1U and 576 LC or 3456 MTP fibres within 4U and supports 10 and 40/100 Gb/s applications. Also on display is the innovative LC BladePatch jumper with its patented push-pull action that facilitates installation and removal in the high density applications. Its rotating latch design allows for quick and easy polarity changes in the field while eliminating potential fibre damage and clearly indicating when a polarity change has been made. The copper solutions on display include Siemon's Z-MAX shielded category 6A/class EA system and TERA category 7A/class FA system that offers the highest performance of any twisted-pair copper cabling system available.

To address network monitoring, security and control, the cabinet also houses automated infrastructure management (AIM). Shown in live operation, Siemon’s MapIT G2 AIM system demonstrates how real-time tracking and complete visibility of the entire physical layer network and IT assets can be achieved through the combination of powerful EagleEye Connect software and innovative smart connectivity.

Explaining the investment in this new data centre demonstration unit, Iyer Sivakumar, sales manager EMEA-Africa for Siemon said, "The VersaPOD demo unit allows our partner to show the quality of our comprehensive data centre offering and affords customers the chance to both see the systems in operation and experience them hands-on.”

MBK has already held numerous product demonstration and training sessions for leading Egyptian and North African system integrators, colocation operators, consultants, contractors and end users, including reputable Egyptian financial institutions.

Commenting on the new demo unit, Moataz B. Kaddah, CEO at MBK stated, "For those making decisions about data centre infrastructure and design, our new demo unit gives a complete, end-to-end experience that allows every aspect of the data centre ecosystem to be considered and thoroughly evaluated. So far everyone was very impressed. Running live tests provides the most convincing evidence and practical training for our customers and partners. We expect this data centre demonstration suite to be instrumental in many key decisions."

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