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June 13, 2012

Cisco News - CommScope Discusses Energy Management, Intelligent Infrastructure at Cisco Live

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

Energy management is a hot topic this week at Cisco (News - Alert) Live. That shouldn’t come as a surprise, given that data centers are notorious for their thirst for power. Of course, the energy management discussion goes beyond just the data center; it also applies to network endpoints like PC and desk phones, office lighting, heating units, and more. CommScope is at Cisco Live in San Diego talking about how its intelligent solutions can help companies better understand and manage their energy consumption across the board.

Cisco EnergyWise, CommScope and Cyber Switching together offer a solution to enable organizations to manage their consumption of both IT and non-IT gear, explains Nathan Benton, CommScope’s director of technology marketing. The piece of this solution that CommScope brings to the table is the SYSTIMAX iPatch Intelligent Infrastructure Solution.

It provides users with network visibility so they can track in real time the physical locations of all networked devices, such as desktop and laptop computers, wireless access points, IP phones, IP cameras and more. By using the solution that pairs iPatch location information and EnergyWise power management, companies can reduce energy consumption. Benton says that this solution appeals not only to IT types, but also speaks to the concerns of facilities managers at large businesses.

CommScope made its name providing coax and enterprise cabling solutions, and it continues with those businesses today. However, it was company’s purchase of SYSTIMAX in 2004 that took its enterprise cabling initiative to a global scale. CommScope expanded again in 2007 when it purchased Signal Vision, a provider of broadband active and inactive components, and Andrew, which got it into mobile last-mile broadband technology in a big way, explains Rick Aspan, CommScope’s vice president of corporate communications.

The company has done other acquisitions as well, but the connective thread of all of CommScope’s efforts and acquisitions has been about putting together a portfolio and organization that enable it to provide excellent bandwidth solutions for customers, Aspan says.

“If I had to sum up our business, it’s bandwidth,” he says. “It’s a bandwidth game right now.”

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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