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For Immediate Release - January 12, 2010

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

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

Direct connection cabling configurations, also known as "point-to-point" (i.e.: switches to servers, servers to storage, server to server, etc.) have a fairly long history in the data center and although they have been largely out of favor 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 center by up to 70%, according to the manufacturers. While this may seem attractive at first, these savings are not always realized and can be negated by additional equipment requirements, increased power and repeatedly higher annual maintenance costs.

Before making any data center cabling decision, IT Network and Data Center 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 center 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 center flexibility, scalability, performance and future-proofing. To download a complimentary copy of "Data Center Cabling Considerations: Point-to-Point vs. Structured Cabling", visit:


About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specializing in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance IT infrastructure solutions and services for Data Centers, LANs and Intelligent Buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suites of copper and optical fiber cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data center 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. Through an ongoing commitment to waste and energy reduction, Siemon's environmental sustainability benchmarks are unparalleled in the industry, including 179% global carbon negativity and zero-landfill status
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. We provide custom network infrastructure solutions to: OEM's, Leading Manufacturers, Value-Added Resellers and System Integrators.
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