Panduit Event Series: Panduit and Rockwell Automation Partnership

Panduit and Rockwell Automation: A Sum That’s Bigger Than the Parts

Rockwell Automation Fair logoWith Rockwell Automation Fair 2018 right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to talk with Jeff Beller, who is Panduit’s business development manager for industrial automation infrastructure, as well as the point person for Panduit’s alliance with Rockwell Automation.

Here are some highlights from our interview, including Jeff’s take on what not to miss at Automation Fair on November 14 -15 in Philadelphia.

Jeff, thanks for making time to talk with us today. With Automation Fair just a week away, I’m sure you have lots to do before you leave for Philly.

Our list is longer than the Rocky Steps, but it’s all good. Automation Fair is my passion and our team’s moment of glory.

Passion and glory? Was that an intentional nod to the Rocky theme song Eye of the Tiger, or did you just get lucky?

That was luck.

I thought that might be the case. Speaking of luck, Panduit is lucky enough to have a ton of opportunities to connect with customers at Automation Fair. Can you tell us a little bit about what you have going on?

Sure, so we’ll be showcasing solutions at several locations throughout the show floor. There’s the Panduit booth of course, Booth #349, where we have tons of exciting stuff happening. We’re showing how we ‘turn standards into solutions’ with a new industrial connectivity demonstration board and the launch of our NEMA-12 rated Micro Data Center solution.

We’re also in several of the Rockwell Automation booths: Connected Services, Connected Enterprise, Intelligent Packaged Power and Smart Devices. And we are also pleased to partner with another Rockwell Encompass partner, Eplan, where they will demonstrate integration of Panduit solutions into their control panel design platform.

That is a big presence, no wonder you are so excited. I’m assuming not every company gets to be in six booths?

You are right, most companies don’t get this opportunity, and we’re very grateful. It is reflective of our long-standing relationship with Rockwell, our commitment and support of the partner ecosystem and our increasing relevance in the industrial and manufacturing space. We’ve been a Rockwell Automation Encompass Partner since 1999 and a Strategic Alliance partner since 2012. It’s a collaboration we very much value, and one that helps us – and by us I mean both Panduit and Rockwell – to really help our customers. We’re working together on business strategy, product innovation and partner enablement programs.

Rockwell is all about industrial automation and information – I mean it says so right in their name.

And for customers to fully benefit from automation they need a physical infrastructure – networking, connectivity, intelligence – from the enterprise to the edge. That’s where Panduit shines strong. We understand customer needs on the plant floor as well as what’s happening with the enterprise network piece that needs to work with it. So it’s really about closing that physical infrastructure gap in OT the way it has long been done in IT.

So it sounds like Panduit’s relationship with Rockwell extends far beyond the Automation Fair show floor?

Absolutely. For example, we align our respective areas of complementary domain expertise to develop solutions, as well as offer joint product promotions and network project services to our customers. We also collaborate in developing and delivering training and services enablement for our partners.

Sounds like a power house team to me. Tell us, what types of Panduit-Rockwell solutions should attendees keep an eye out for?

There is so much to see at Automation Fair, here are some of the highlights:

  • In the Rockwell Smart Devices booth, check out the Panduit VeriSafe™ Absence of Voltage Tester, which determines the absence of voltage with a push of a button, integrated with Rockwell’s MCC solution. Also, try out the new Rockwell push-in terminal block using Panduit ferrules and crimping tools.
  • In the Rockwell Intelligent Packaged Power booth, check out the IntelliCENTER Integration Unit. It’s engineered by Rockwell and built by Panduit, and provides data integration of electrical power and distribution into the control system architecture.
  • The Rockwell Industrial Data Center (IDC) solution, which is powered by Panduit data center and connectivity infrastructure, will be in the Connected Services, Connected Enterprise and Intelligent Packaged Power booths.
  • Also in the Connected Services booth, learn how Panduit physical infrastructure design services are combined and leveraged to provide a standards-based holistic network solution for customers.
  • And don’t even think about leaving the show without visiting Rockwell’s Innovation booth for a glimpse into where the industry is headed.

Earlier you mentioned something about turning ‘standards into solutions’ inside the Panduit booth. What is that all about?

Oh right, yes, in the Panduit booth we’ll be showing attendees how we ‘turn standards into solutions’ with our complete portfolio of industrial connectivity, network building blocks and control panel build solutions. We bring to life the concept and standard of MICE analysis with a connectivity demonstration that also includes a couple of new Rockwell products being introduced.

Also in our booth will be the new NEMA-12 rated Micro Data Center (MDC), which enables secure reliable deployment of FactoryTalk/PlantPAx applications out on the plant floor where a controlled room environment space is not available.

Q: Jeff, thanks so much. Our readers will surely appreciate these tips. We know you have to go, but one last question: Where can we find you at Automation Fair in case we have other questions?

I’ll be at Panduit Booth 349 much of the time and assisting with our Technical Session titled Panduit: The Control Cabinet on Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00 AM.

Where to find Jeff and the Panduit team at Automation Fair in Philadelphia:

Visit Panduit Booth #349
Stop in to see our industrial networking solutions at work – and enter for a chance to win an Apple Watch.

Panduit: The Control Cabinet
Wednesday and Thursday at 9:00AM
Room 108B

Panduit Event Series: Over 40 Technical Sessions at Automation Fair 2018

Episode 2: The Connected Control Cabinet is a Must See Session

Rockwell Automation Fair 2018 attendees take note: Panduit’s Jeff Beller is leading a technical session titled The Connected Control Cabinet on both Wednesday and Thursday mornings at 9AM in Room 108B.

With more than 40 technical sessions to choose from at this year’s Automation Fair, deciding which one to attend can be harder than choosing than where to enjoy your first Philly cheese steak sandwich. So without further ado, here are five reasons why you don’t want to miss The Connected Control Cabinet.

1. More and more new control devices are ethernet-enabled.

Simply said, control panel design strategies must support industrial Ethernet-managed switches and networked devices.

In this session, Jeff will explain how an Ethernet-enabled connected panel can help organizations to measure performance in real-time, and how with that insight they can increase productivity and reduce costs.

2. There are six critical connected control cabinet considerations to keep in mind (say that six times fast) ⎯and this session covers all of them.

There is a real transformation going on inside control cabinets, which creates opportunities for the business but also creates some design obstacles to overcome.

Jeff will discuss:

  1. Space Optimization: How to add capacity for network components and enabling design flexibility
  2. Noise Mitigation: Grounding and bonding strategies to help reduce Electromagnetic Interference (EMI)
  3. Organization: Planning for network devices, placement and segregation from power devices
  4. Safety: The need to educate personnel not trained for hazardous voltage
  5. Network and Device Cabling: The impact of more connected devices on control panels
  6. Security: Network and cabinet access control practices

3. Learn about selecting cabling and connectivity solutions to environmental M.I.C.E severity levels across different areas of a plant floor.

The top of an industrial network can look very much like an enterprise network, but the deeper one goes into the manufacturing process, the more severe environmental conditions become.

M.I.C.E is short for Mechanical, Ingress, Climatic Chemical, Electromagnetic, and TIA-1005-A is the guiding premise standard that references environmental and architectural considerations. There are different M.I.C.E rankings for different parts of the environment, which can make it difficult to know how to design the infrastructure and what products to use where to ensure safety and performance without overspending.

Panduit is the only Tier 1 Supplier that aligns solutions to these guidelines, so Jeff is in a good position to share some tips on this topic.

4. Find out why structured cabling in the plant floor is a best practice.

TIA standards follow a practice called structured cabling, which is about building of cabling systems for compliance, consistency, predictability and upgradability. This methodology is universal in commercial buildings, data centers, healthcare facilities, and often in higher levels of the industrial network.

The increased use of managed industrial network switches is making structured cabling a best practice in the cabinet as well, which will be covered in this session.

5. Hear how Panduit solutions complement Rockwell Automation’s physical layer defense in depth security strategies.

In-depth physical layer security strategies are often overlooked, but very much required in order to reduce physical access to ports & reduce risks, prevent network access by unauthorized personnel and devices, and prevent inadvertent changes.

Panduit: The Connected Control Cabinet
Wednesday, November 14. 9:00AM, Room 108B
Thursday, November 15 9:00AM, Room 108B

Visit Panduit Booth #349
Be sure to stop by Panduit Booth #349 to see our industrial networking solutions at work – and enter to win an Apple Watch.

Panduit Event Series: Automation Fair 2018, The Premier Industrial Automation Event of the Year

Episode 1: What to Know Before You Go to Automation Fair

This year, Panduit is rockin’ the Rockwell Automation Fair (November 14-15 in Philadelphia) with both a booth (#349) and a speaking slot. We caught up with Jill Shea, Business Development Manager, at Panduit, for her take on what not to miss on the show floor and in the city of brotherly love.

Q:  Both a booth and a technical session, Jill. That’s a pretty big presence. What makes Automation Fair the place to be?

Well, a few things really. First, Automation Fair really is the premier industrial automation event offering a ton of knowledge and skill-building opportunities in just two days.

Second, Rockwell Automation is one of Panduit’s two key alliance partners in the industrial networking space–the other one being Cisco. So this is a great opportunity to tell the story of how we’re working together to help customers.

And that brings me to the third reason. Panduit has a long history of working with customers on the plant floor. It’s where we started with our electrical equipment before expanding into the networking space. Many companies have great networking or great cabling or understand the plant floor and have ethernet products, but only Panduit has both. We understand customer needs on the plant floor as well as what’s happening with the network piece that need to work with it. So Automation Fair is a perfect fit for us.

Q. Isn’t Philly a great city? So much history, and so many famous lines from the Rocky films. Tell me, what’s Panduit’s line that Automation Fair attendees will remember when the event is over. What will be Panduit’s “Adrian!!!”

A.  That’s an easy one, it will be “Turning standards into solutions.” And that’s with a period, not an exclamation point. We don’t like to yell at our customers.

Q: Can you tell me more about what “turning standards into solutions’ means?

A: Smart manufacturing continues to be a key trend, and connected machines and devices help us understand performance like never before. We can find and fix potential problems before they become actual problems.

So perhaps now more than ever, having a robust reliable physical network infrastructure that can keep everything connected is crucial. Standards tell you what is required for different applications and in different environments, but not how to do it. That’s where Panduit provides value. We’re helping people understand how to take a standards-based approach, and what products fit where in the process.

That’s what we’re doing with TIA-1005-A M.I.C.E guidelines, for example.

M.I.C.E is short for Mechanical, Ingress, Climatic Chemical, Electromagnetic, and at Panduit we align our solutions to industrial standards for evaluating M.I.C.E factors.

Because there are different M.I.C.E rankings for different parts of the environment, it’s difficult to know how to design the infrastructure, and what products to use where, to ensure safety and performance without overspending.

Panduit is the only Tier 1 Supplier that aligns solutions to these guidelines, and we’re showing what this looks like in these really cool environmental terrariums on the back wall of our booth. It’s Booth #349, by the way. That’s 3 – 4 – 9.

Q: Speaking of the Panduit booth, what else are you excited to talk about and show?

A: Our new NEMA-12 rated Micro Data Center (MDC) is something customers have been asking us for, so we couldn’t be happier to show it to them.

For those who don’t know, the MDC is part of the TIA standard, and is referred to as a Dist C – or where the enterprise meets the plant floor.

The new version of our MDC is a fully enclosed cabinet – an all-in-one logical-to-physical solution that can
be placed anywhere – and provides safe, secure connectivity.

Office-grade IT equipment often is deployed in the industrial space, with additional environmental
protection required. With the MDC, that’s no longer necessary.

Q: Well it sure sounds like Booth #349 is the place to be. Tell me, Jill, what about things to see off of the exhibit floor?

A. My colleagues Mike Berg and Jeff Beller are presenting a technical session titled Panduit: The Connected Cabinet, and they’ll be demonstrating how an ethernet-enabled connected panel allows the business to measure productivity in real-time, resulting in improved efficiencies, increased productivity and reduced costs. It’s on Wednesday and Thursday at 9AM in room 108B.

Q: One more question before we let you go. Do you have any tips for first-time tourists to Philadelphia?

A:  I sure do. When it comes to cheese steaks, you’ll hear most people talk about the ongoing battle between Gino’s and Pat’s. The real number one is this great place right on South Street called Ishkabibble’s. They have chicken cheesesteaks in addition to steak ones, but it’s walk up only, so don’t go there expecting to dine in.

Retrofit Solution Connects All Generations of Motor Controlled Centers to Ethernet Based Devices

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The risk of downtime and maintenance cost has become a leading pain point for many companies.

But, physical network infrastructure solutions including, structure cabling and converged plantwide Ethernet (CPwE), is now part of a retrofit solution that provides the infrastructure required to connect added industrial switches and other smart devices for common Motor Controlled Center (MCC) upgrades.

Remaining fully functional, the MCC Copper Cabling Bundle System removes industrial switches away from harsh environments by taking them out of their cabinets.

With the promised delivery of consistency and repeat-ability, and in response to an increased demand for Intelligent MCC, Panduit launched the enhanced (MCC) Copper Cabling Bundle System.

This system is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing new equipment to upgrade and retrofit an existing MCC.

This system delivers:

  • Consistent monitoring of your systemsretrofit solution
  • Flexibility for easy adjustments when needed
  • Pre-terminated product: providing consistent network performance while reducing installation time and on-site waste.
  • Ensured verified performance: 100% factory tested before the product is delivered to you.

While also providing you the needed electrical infrastructure and control panel solution consumables, Panduit offers quality design guidance for plantwide physical network upgrades to all our customers.

Panduit works closely with certified partners to develop a building-block approach to deploy industrial networks with complete validation and highly integrated solutions that manufacturers need most.

Learn more about the MCC Copper Cable Bundle System.

Helping Customers Achieve LEED Certification

shutterstock_1215845381Everyone is talking about sustainability these days. We’re doing more than just talking about it.

Our world headquarters, built in 2010, is a LEED Gold Certified building and is just one example of our commitment to healthy, energy efficient, and sustainable business environments.

Today, we’ve taken that commitment one step further, becoming the first manufacturer to be awarded Environmental Product Declarations on copper jacks and cabling. These EPDs, awarded by UL Environment, help your projects become LEED certified.

It’s only been recently that the US Green Building Council adopted LEED version 4, which allows cabling systems to be counted toward LEED points. So, what do you need to know if you’re looking for a cabling system that complies? Below we’ve outlined some of the most common questions that we get.

Q: What’s an EPD/HPD?

EPD = Environmental Product Declarationcertified_epd_green

HPD = Health Product Declaration

EPDs and HPDs are both issued by a third-party after they verify reports supplied by the manufacturer. EPDs disclose potential environmental impacts of a product, while HPDs disclose what a product contains and how it impacts human and ecological health.

Q: What products have EPDs and HPDs?

A wide variety of materials used in the construction of buildings carry these declarations.

The Panduit EPDs cover 18 types of RJ45 jacks and 22 different copper cables. The offering includes:

  • Unshielded and shielded applications
  • Category 5e, Category 6, and Category 6A
  • Riser and plenum flame ratings

HPDs are pending for the same group of products.

Q: How does it work? If I install a product with an EPD, do I automatically get LEED points?

It not quite that simple! LEED requires the installation of at least 20 different products that have third-party certification to qualify for one LEED point. These products must be from at least five different manufacturers. So, when you install at least four different certified products from Panduit, that counts as one portion of one point for EPD and one portion of a second point for HPD. Different levels of LEED certification require different numbers of points to qualify.

Q: Can’t I get EPDs and HPDs with all cabling systems?

No! Panduit is one of a handful of cabling manufacturers that have received EPDs on copper cabling, but we’re the ONLY one to receive EPD certification on RJ45 jacks. So, if you’re looking for an end-to-end solution that can help you earn LEED certification, Panduit is your only choice!

We’d be happy to share more information on our EPDs and HPDs. You can get information on our Sustainable Solutions page, or from Customer Service.

Innovation 2.0

At Panduit, we take pride in finding new solutions to old problems (and new onescim_generic, too!). And, when we  work with the best customers around to help them find solutions to their problems, that’s even better. Last week, Cabling Installation & Maintenance presented their annual Cabling Innovators Awards. And, for the second year, several Panduit projects were recognized as being the best of the best. Without further ado, I’m proud to present a snapshot of our honorees and their cabling innovations.

Purdue University

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CI&M Chief Editor Patrick McLaughlin (left) and Group Publisher Alan Bergstein (right), present a Gold Cabling Innovators Award to (from left) Tom Kelly, Director of Business Development, Enterprise Solutions, Panduit; Daniel Pierce, Telecommunications Design Engineer, Purdue University; and Dennis Renaud, Vice President, Enterprise Solutions, Panduit.

Purdue embarked on a project during the 2014-15 school year, to update and expand their wireless coverage on campus. For today’s students, wireless access isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Information Technology at Purdue tackled the upgrade project in two phases: One to add coverage in residence halls; a second to add density in academic buildings and common areas. The residence hall project caught the judges’ eyes for innovation, as the university relied on Panduit’s surface raceway and 28 AWG patch cords, along with Cisco 702 access points to deliver wireless throughout the residence halls. The raceway/patch cord/AP solution provided the wireless performance they needed while keeping the aesthetic already in place for their wired connections.

The Purdue wireless project was named a “Boilermaker” Gold honoree by the CI&M judges.

Global Insurance and Financial Services Firm

Panduit’s small-diameter cabling is at the heart of the solution installed by a global insurance and financial services firm, to optimize the space in their telecommunications rooms. Switch harnesses with 28-AWG patch cabling has provided four main benefits:

  1. Time: the quick-connect feature cuts installation time from about an hour per RU to 20 minutes per RU … and we all know that time means money!
  2. Space savings and cable management: Because of the small size, more cabling fits, saving rack space for equipment rather than cable management; it also simplifies cable management, making moves, adds, and changes simple.
  3. Single length: The company uses one length of patch cord everywhere, which eliminates ordering and installation errors.
  4. Standardization: Every telecommunication room at all of their sites are deployed with the same footprint, making installation and management easier for everyone involved.

CI&M’s judges awarded this project a gold award.

CenterPoint Energy

Texas-based CenterPoint Energy presented a Texas-sized issue: they wanted to unify their IT physical infrastructure platforms across their internal business units, and within each facility. Multiple vendors, multiple sites, and multiple cities equals multiple headaches. CenterPoint standardized its data center operations around a Panduit Intelligent Data Center solution, including Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software, hardware, and infrastructure offerings. This solution was end-to-end Panduit: fiber and copper cabling, dual cable pathways, PDUs, overhead patching, cooling optimization, grounding and bonding, and thermal containment. “We required a solutions provider that could deliver comprehensive technological advancements while helping us ensure business continuity,” said CenterPoint’s Tom Tanous, senior manager of Business Reliance and Data Center Management.

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CenterPoint Energy was recognized with a Silver Cabling Innovators Award.

The CenterPoint project was named a silver honoree by CI&M judges.

CyrusOne

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Winner of a Silver Cabling Innovators Award was data center provider CyrusOne. CI&M Chief Editor Patrick McLaughlin (left) and Group Publisher Alan Bergstein (right) presented the award to (from left) Dennis Renaud, Vice President of Enterprise Solutions, Panduit; CyrusOne Chief Information Officer Blake Hankins; and Panduit’s Tom Kelly, Director of Business Development, Enterprise Solutions.

With more than 3 million square feet of rentable data center space, CyrusOne is one of the largest data center providers in the U.S., with global customers relying on CyrusOne’s colocation services. Their new Austin Data Center II has been optimized with Panduit’s SynapSense software, delivering energy savings and increased efficiency by continuously aligning cooling capacity with changes in IT load.

“Panduit has enabled our customers to essentially keep tabs on their servers in CyrusOne’s facility with a level of data access and detail comparable to operating a data center of their own,” said Amaya Souarez, vice president of CyrusOne’s Data Center Systems & Security. “Plus, we’ve experienced both operational and power efficiencies. It’s quite incredible!”

CyrusOne was recognized as a silver honoree by the CI&M judges.

The Innovators Awards were judged based on the following criteria:

  • Innovative
  • Value to the User
  • Sustainability
  • Meeting a Defined Need
  • Collaboration
  • Impact

Alan Bergstein, publisher of Cabling Installation & Maintenance (http://www.cablinginstall.com) said “This prestigious program allows Cabling Installation & Maintenance to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products and services in the structured cabling industry. Our 2016 Honorees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry.”

Congratulations to all of these outstanding customers for their efforts. Panduit is proud to share these awards with all of you.

Top 6 Things to Know About the New Category 8 Cabling Standard

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) has published ANSI/TIA-568-C.2-1, which supports 25, 40 and possibly even 50GBASE-T over Category 8 copper cabling. As you consider high-bandwidth applications, here are some key things to keep in mind.

1) How far can you go?

Category 8 channel reach is 30 meters, much shorter than the 100-meter channel of traditional categories of copper cabling.

2) It’s a familiar face!

Category 8 has the familiar RJ45 interface, so jacks and plugs are compatible with the same patch panels, switches, and other equipment that users are familiar with today.

Category 8 products

Category 8 will be deployed as shielded twisted pair construction only.

3) Shields up!

While other category cabling uses unshielded or shielded twisted pair construction, Category 8 will only be shielded cable construction.

4) Where, oh where can it be?

Category 8 is designed for the data center. More specifically, it is designed to support 25G and 40GBASE-T switch-to-server links, a typical fiber-optic application. It will provide the most cost-effective and easiest-to-deploy 25G and 40G links within the data center. The 30-meter reach makes it challenging for Category 8 to be used to deliver higher bandwidth to the desktop or in other Enterprise applications in large-scale deployments.

5) Can Enterprise play, too?

Due to the reach limits of Category 8, Panduit recommends installing Category 6A today for all Enterprise applications. Category 6A supports up to 10GBASE-T at lengths up to 100 meters. Investing in a Category 6A infrastructure for your Enterprise space is the smartest and most cost-effective option for long-term optimal performance of your network. Panduit’s Advanced MaTriX Category 6A products have the additional advantage of allowing optimal heat dissipation and performance with next-generation Power over Ethernet (PoE++).

6) The next step …

Manufacturers are actively developing the next generation 25G and 40G products. Panduit expects to have its product offering – including cabling and connectivity – in 2017, to coincide with the launch of active equipment that will require the higher speeds.

Panduit has already received third-party approval on it’s upcoming Category 8 solution. Learn more here.

Panduit Sees Growth in Stagnant Structured Cabling Market

The structured cabling industry showed a downturn in 2015, according to recent research results shared  by BSRIA. The organization noted a difficult global market for the industry, showing a 3% decline, to $6 billion dollars for 2015. They cited a strong U.S. dollar, lower oil prices, and delays in project timelines as the primary market drivers causing market contraction.

A bright spot in the market analysis is the continued growth of Category 6A in structured cabling. This growth is fueled by a growing need for increased bandwidth, and an upward trend to converge separate legacy protocols onto standard Ethernet protocols. The ongoing evolution of wireless communication standards, which require more than 1 Gb of bandwidth to wireless access points, are compelling IT staff to realize that enterprise-wide multi-gig applications are already here.market growth

Panduit has achieved market growth rates for Category 6A that exceed the BSRIA market assessment and we continue to see strong growth for Category 6A in our target markets globally. End users who install our MaTriX solution benefit from improved alien crosstalk, smaller cable diameters, and the best thermal performance in the industry, a critical factor when Power over Ethernet is part of the installation.

Educated end users recognize that the time for smart infrastructure investment is now.

The convergence of separate systems into a single IP network raises the relevance of the network infrastructure. It is at the core of why our customers continue to choose Panduit and drive our sustained growth in a market with strong economic headwinds.

Whether you are looking for a solution to support the convergence of your networks, or simply want to add wireless access points to your space, Panduit would like to help. Contact your sales rep or distributor today, and we will help you identify the perfect solution.

Adding New Physical Infrastructure: Part 2

Integrated Infrastructure: A New Approach

In Part 1 of “Adding New Physical Infrastructure” I reviewed three typical approaches taken by managers of small and mid-sized data centers to add new physical infrastructure: (1) build-it-yourself using in-house resources to design and integrate all elements of the infrastructure, (2) rely on a single supplier for design and integration, or (3) entrust multiple best-of-breed vendors to get it done.

We have a different take. As discussed in Part 1, you are likely to face significant risks and expense as you attempt to manage a wide range of technical details, complex project management issues, and multiple vendor relationships. Leveraging physical infrastructure expertise and partnerships with best of breed power and cooling suppliers, Panduit offers an Integrated Infrastructure approach that combines the benefits of both the single-source and best-of-breed approaches with the ease of managing a single supplier.

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Adding a New Physical Infrastructure: Part 1

How do you build out a new data center physical infrastructure?

Under the best of circumstances, building out new data center capacity is complex, expensive, time consuming and fraught with risk. Experts, engineers and consultants are needed for everything from designing the building shell, planning power and cooling systems, to commissioning. These are just the major categories. Think about the expertise needed to manage all the details that cascade from them!

If you are responsible for a small to mid-sized data center you may be faced with doing more of this yourself given the available resources. Increased complexity makes it difficult to find and retain people who possess all the essential skills needed to design and integrate the power, cooling, racks, cabling and other components necessary to complete the build correctly, and on-time. Taking on the coordination of the build-out in addition to normal responsibilities can be overwhelming.

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