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For Immediate Release - April 12, 2010

New Siemon Whitepaper Compares Point-to-Point and Structured Cabling Options in the Data Centre

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Leading networking infrastructure company Siemon has published a comprehensive new white paper addressing one of the hottest topics in the data centre market: "Data Centre Cabling Considerations: Point-to-Point vs Structured Cabling." This new paper is authored by respected data centre infrastructure expert Carrie Higbie and is available for download at

Direct connection cabling configurations, also known as "point-to-point" (ie; switches to servers, servers to storage, server to server, etc.) have a fairly long history in the data centre and although they have been largely out of favour for some time, some active equipment manufacturers have recently advocated a comeback. This is due in large part to recent developments in Top of Rack and End of Row switching, which promise to reduce cabling in the data centre by up to 70 per cent, according to the manufacturers. While this may seem attractive at first, these savings are not always realised and can be negated by additional equipment requirements, increased power and repeatedly higher annual maintenance costs.

Before making any data centre cabling decision, IT network and data centre professionals should understand all of the options. This whitepaper was developed to provide important information on the pros and cons of both structured cabling and point-to-point options from the perspective of varied disciplines and departments within the data centre environment. The analysis includes: when and where each is the best fit and, ultimately, how a well implemented combination of the two is the best and most cost-effective solution to provide maximum data centre flexibility, scalability, performance and future-proofing. To download a complimentary copy of "Data Centre Cabling Considerations: Point-to-Point vs. Structured Cabling", visit


About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fibre cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data centre power and cooling systems and intelligent infrastructure management solutions.

With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. Siemon provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators.
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