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For Immediate Release - July 2014

Siemon webinar helps to optimize design in modern data centres

July 2014 - Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has announced a new webinar that covers the latest data centre design configurations and their impact on manageability, cooling, scalability and total cost of ownership. This latest webinar in Siemon's educational series is entitled, Optimizing Design for Modern Data Centres: Considerations for Choosing Top-of-Rack in Today's Fat-Tree Switch Fabrics. It will be presented by Carrie Higbie, Siemon's global director of data centre solutions and services, and will take place on 4 August 2014 at 1300 EDT.

Fat-tree switch fabrics, also referred to as leaf and spine, are one of the most common switch fabrics being deployed in modern data centres. In a fat-tree switch fabric, data centre managers are faced with multiple configuration options regarding application, cabling and whether to place switches in traditional centralized distribution areas, middle of row (MoR) positions or end of row (EoR) positions, that use structured cabling to connect to servers, or in a top of rack (ToR) position, using point-to-point cabling within the cabinet for connecting to the servers. This, says Siemon, warrants a closer look at each configuration and its overall impact on the data centre, which will be included in the August webinar.

"Whilst many switch manufacturers are promoting the use of top-of-rack switches, there is no single ideal configuration for every data centre and it's important to examine the pros and cons of each," says Higbie. "Top-of-rack configurations are ideal for data centres that demand extremely low-latency server connections and cabinet-level deployment and maintenance, but for many enterprise data centres, the use of structured cabling in an end-of-row or middle-of-row configuration offers better manageability, cooling, scalability, cost and port utilization. Our goal with this webinar is to help facilities and data centre mangers optimize design as they move from traditional three-tier switch architectures to newer fat-tree switch fabrics."

In addition to examining the pros and cons of the latest data centre configurations, this webinar will include real-world cost analysis and provide a question and answer section for participants to interact with the presenter. To register for the free 4 August webinar, Optimizing Design for Modern Data Centres: Considerations for Choosing Top-of-Rack in Today's Fat-Tree Switch Fabrics, visit: All Siemon webinars are also archived for participants to select and review previously recorded sessions at any time.


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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