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June 13, 2012

Cisco News - Legrand Ortronics Shows Layer Zero Solutions for Mobile Data Centers

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

If you’re reading this article, chances are good that you’re familiar with the OSI model, which defines the seven layers networking. But Legrand Ortronics (News - Alert) thinks the OSI model is missing an important piece – the physical infrastructure that consists of things like cable management solutions, data center cabinets, and the like. The company calls this part Layer Zero. And Legrand Ortronics is showing one of its newest Layer Zero solutions – Mighty Mo Fiber Raceway – at the Cisco (News - Alert) Live event in San Diego.


Mighty Mo Fiber Raceway is a fiber optic container that looks kind of like a gutter you would find on your home. It protects and routes fiber optic cable between fiber optic splicing cabinets or frames, patch panels, and termination equipment. It can sit atop equipment racks or below runway or cable trays. And it’s made from a fire-retardant, halogen-free, zero-dust plastic called Noryl. The company also sells a metal version of the solution.

Tony Walker, director of marketing at Legrand Ortronics, says these products are just two in a full line of physical infrastructure solutions that the company provides for mobile data centers. By mobile data centers, we’re referring here to moveable data centers that can be used for disaster recovery or other nomadic applications, such as to support political campaigns, he explains. The company brings those solutions to mostly Fortune 1000 organizations through the four big distributors.

Also at Cisco Live this week, Legrand Ortronics is showing a Mighty Mo open rack that can hold up to 3,000 pounds of equipment. Cisco switches in it sit side to side as opposed to front to back, and the solution’s honeycomb side rails and a baffle metal divider separating the gear allows for the cool equipment to cool the stuff in the hot aisle next to it. Walker also emphasizes that the panels on the back of the Legrand Ortronics storage unit snap on and off for easy access to gear, and to keep warm air from circulating back into the equipment.

Legrand Ortronics got its start specializing in jacks. But after companies began using single jacks as opposed to multiple ones, Walker says, Legrand Ortronics realized it needed to diversify. So in 2008, the company expanded to address the full complement of data center physical infrastructure needs, he says. To expand on that strategy, the company did two acquisitions in 2011, and Walker tells TMCnet that the company has six more acquisitions in the hopper.




Edited by Brooke Neuman



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