Fiber solution with automated connectivity tracking and innovative tray design delivers highest port density for 10/40/100G Ethernet.

R&M Netscale

R&M is introducing Netscale, the world’s highest-density fiber cable management solution, and the first to feature integrated intelligent infrastructure management functionality. Designed as an ultra-high density platform that utilizes the smallest diameter uniboot patch cord for minimal cabling bulk, this solution boasts up to 67% higher density than its competitors and promises to eliminate a host of cable management problems that plague data centers today.

The rapid growth in the volume of data being stored and managed in data centers in recent years has raised a clear need to realize maximum port density in the smallest space possible. However, increasing density often results in unmanageable cabling, which makes Moves, Adds and Changes (MACs), cable tracking and fault-finding impossible.

R&M has specifically designed its new solution keeping these challenges in mind. “Netscale is the next generation fiber optic solution, based on the quality and reliability for which the R&M brand is renowned,” states Dr. Thomas Wellinger, Market Manager Data Center, R&M. “Its combination of market leading features saves considerable amounts of -costly- space at large companies in the financial, pharma, colocation and telecom segments as well as edge data centers. In addition, the solution offers a lower cost per port than existing platforms, and provides a flexible upgrade path to accommodate needs for many years to come.”

Currently available high-density fiber solutions for data centers generally offer up to 72 LC duplex ports per rack unit and pose great difficulties for management. Thanks to R&MinteliPhy technology, Netscale delivers a density of up to 80 RFID-monitored LC duplex or MTP ports, and even 120 standard LC duplex or MTP ports per rack unit. The innovative rear-cabling manager makes it truly easy to manage connections, alleviating risk during MACs and migrations. Modular components and best-in-class network scalability makes it possible to accommodate the unique infrastructure requirements of each data center.

Save space and reduce cost per port

In most edge data center cases, Netscale’s unmatched density makes it possible to consolidate all servers of the PoP into a 1U housing, leaving more space for switching/routing gear. The high density makes it possible for colocation providers to minimize meet-me-room footprint thereby freeing up space for more racks and switches. While the typical 10 to 15 cm draw-out-length of trays places stress on patch cords, Netscale's industry minimum of 5.5 cm and its innovative approach to slack-management mitigate cabling damage and thus reduces the risk of downtime.

R&MinteliPhy automates the tracking of network cabling, thereby ensuring the data integrity of the documentation. This Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) solution can be retrofitted on Netscale which allows customers to gradually extend the features and functionality of their investment while managing costs. With the Netscale patch cord, the solution also features R&M’s new LC quick release connector in combination with the smallest available diameter uniboot patch cord and cable access from the rear and front.

“As an innovative company with challenging data center projects, we are dependent on scalable fiber solutions that can be deployed in confined spaces. We have beta tested Netscale because it supports us in the fully automated operation of our cloud”, says Dr. Marius Feldmann, COO, Cloud&Heat.

“Netscale has arisen from the close analysis of customer pain points, years of committed R&D, and adherence to the highest quality standards through the production process. It sets the bar for the industry and finally promises IT managers relief from the data center cabling challenges they have faced for years,” concludes Dr. Wellinger.

About R&M

R&M (Reichle & De-Massari AG) is a globally active group of companies in the information and communication technology sectors, based in Wetzikon, Switzerland. The company develops, manufactures and sells future-proof products and systems for communication and data networks. Thanks to its innovative strength, R&M now covers the entire connectivity range alongside network cabling. R&M network solutions can be used in LAN, telecommunication, Fiber to the Home and data centers. The family company founded in 1964 has its own production plants in 13 locations.