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Thermal efficiency was a major consideration and the segregation of passive and active equipment in the VersaPOD allows targeted cooling

Hot on the heels of its new TERA® category 7 network installation, The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is piloting Siemon’s VersaPOD system for its new data centre. These bayed cabinets were chosen for their exceptional density whilst providing thermal efficiency. Six are now being installed as a pilot project with a view to their adoption as the standard for the entire University requirement.

With over 32,000 students, 500 undergraduate and 180 postgraduate courses, UCLan has some very large scale needs. To complement the two existing data centres a third one was built. This will support specialist projects including the NASA Solar Dynamic Observatory, which is due to be launched in December 2009, and will give researchers at UCLan access to 2TB (TeraBytes) of data every day. UCLan will be hosting this project outside of the USA and Belgium for the wider European community. A new High Performance Computing System is also included in the new data centre which will provide additional research resources.

The new data centre is being housed in the Darwin Building, a teaching block on UCLan’s impressive campus. Space is at a premium, as the dual purpose room houses both the data centre and the high performance computing equipment required for a new academic study. The Siemon VersaPOD was assessed and found to offer the necessary flexibility, density and energy efficiency.

“We selected the VersaPOD for several reasons, centred around its provision of density. Thermal efficiency was a major consideration and the segregation of passive and active equipment in the VersaPOD allows targeted cooling. Using this system has allowed us to condense the footprint of floor space required and so fit the new data centre into the restricted area available,” explains Frank Wadmore, Networks and Telecoms Manager at UCLan. “We are impressed with the flexibility and accessibility of the VersaPOD; and with space and green issues uppermost on UCLan’s green agenda, the VersaPOD system goes some way to addressing current and future needs.”

Siemon claim that in a typical data centre, the number of cabinets required can be reduced by 20 per cent with VersaPOD, saving valuable floor space. Tony Robinson, global accounts manager at Siemon explains; “Integrated zero-U vertical patch panels (VPPs) support both copper and fibre patching, supplying up to 288 copper ports or 864 fibre ports in the front and/or rear vertical gap between two bayed cabinets without taking up horizontal mounting space. By freeing up horizontal space, greater active equipment density is possible.”

UCLan has invested £60 million in developing its facilities and is constantly looking at ways to improve and standardise on its IT infrastructure with technologies that facilitate a more cost effective use of resources. As Frank Wadmore concludes: “It’s in our nature to take risks and be in the vanguard, especially in IT. We were early adopters of Siemon TERA’s (category 7) cable sharing capability and with VersaPOD we are again seizing the opportunity to use the latest and best equipment to serve the University’s growing needs. Academic demands move swiftly and we provision for a dynamic future in everything we do.”
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About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon™ is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. With global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) and fibre cabling systems available and is one of only three network cabling infrastructure companies worldwide with true global partnership capabilities. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company's long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

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