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Siemon releases new data centre blanking panels

The toolless panels are designed to help improve thermal efficiency in the data centre

Siemon releases new data centre blanking panels
Siemon has developed new toolless blanking panels to improve thermal efficiency in the data centre.

Network infrastructure specialist Siemon, has expanded its line of airflow solutions for the data centre in the Middle East with the launch of new toolless blanking panels, which are designed to help improve thermal efficiency. The blanking panels prevent airflow through vacant rack-mount spaces within cabinets and enclosures.

By isolating the front airspace of the cabinet and blocking recirculation of hot air, Siemon toolless blanking panels are designed to keep cold air directed at the equipment where it is needed, preventing overheating and improving cooling system effectiveness in the data centre or other network spaces. These durable, lightweight blank filler panels snap into the square holes of vacant rack unit spaces with no tools required to fit. According to Siemon, the new blanking panels are also ideal for aesthetically concealing openings and reserving rack unit positions for future use, plus are easily removed when necessary.

"In today's data centre environment, it's rare to find every rack-mount space filled with equipment. When rack-mount spaces are left vacant to allow room for growth or reduced power consumption in enclosures, it's important to prevent airflow through those spaces," says Robert Carlson, vice president of global marketing at Siemon. "Siemon toolless blanking panels are the fast, easy and cost-effective way to keep hot air from coming back to the front of the equipment where it can cause overheating."

Offered in a 1U height for maximum flexibility and bulk packaging of 10, the toolless blanking panels are claimed to deliver a smart, inexpensive solution for improving thermal efficiency. Siemon also offers a variety of other flat and angled blank filler panels in several rack-unit sizes, including brush guard panels that allow cables to pass through, whilst still providing thermal protection to maintain isolation.

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