This advanced technology unites 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.
Another unique attraction of the technology is that its easy deployment means that all rack-mounted cable raceways remain undisturbed and replacement racks can be introduced into the system quickly and easily. Legacy systems support means that, where old rack installations exist - even with mixed rack types and sizes - the Free Form Aisle Cocooning technology provides a cost-effective retrofit aisle cocooning solution that has both short-term and long-term opex advantages.
Many of Cannon's clients, says Awdas, are acutely aware of the energy footprint of their data centres - both from cost-efficiency and eco-friendly perspectives - so the fact that the Free Form Aisle Cocooning technology supports all the well-known virtues of the firm's existing - and popular - Aisle Cocooning systems is a key plus point. "And 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," Mark Awdas concluded.
Tags: Design & Facilities Management, Power & Cooling