CIO East Africa (Nairobi)

29 April 2014

Kenya: Siemon Launches Lightstack Ultra High Density Fibre Enclosure

Siemon, a fibre optic network infrastructure specialist, has launched LightStack, an ultra high density plug and play fibre system. This end-to-end fibre system is claimed to combine superior performance and density with unmatched accessibility in a sleek, modern enclosure.

It has been designed to support advanced data centre and storage area network environments in Africa and to provide a fast, seamless migration to advanced 40 and 100 Gigabit applications.

LightStack features a unique patent-pending enclosure that has the capacity to house 144 LC fibres or 864 MTP fibres in a single rack unit. Its revolutionary horizontal cable management accommodates both traditional and uni-tube jumpers and features easy-unlatch, swing-open management clips for full access. Innovative swivel cable tie-down points on the rear of the enclosure maintain proper bend radius.

With a rear bottom tray that slides inward for easy access to the connectivity while the enclosures are stacked on top of each other, LightStack offers best-in-class accessibility. In the out position, the rear tray acts as a cable partition between stacked enclosures.

Low-loss plug and play modules are also easily inserted or removed from either the front or rear of the enclosure and the aesthetically appealing easy-open magnetic door eliminates harmful pinch points and offers high-visibility drop-down labeling.

Available in OM4 multimode and singlemode, the ultra-slim LightStack LC-to-MTP low-loss plug and play modules offer the industry's lowest loss performance of 0.35dB for flexible fibre channels. Fully ready to support 40 and 100 Gigabit applications, LightStack low-loss 0.2dB MTP pass-through adapters are available in two, four and six port designs and they are offered in both aligned and opposed key orientation to accommodate all polarity methods.

Unlike other fibre solutions on the market, LightStack also supports 12-fibre LC pass-through adapter plates for current 10 Gigabit Ethernet or Fibre Channel SAN applications.

"As today's high-density data centres migrate from 10 to 40 and 100 Gigabit speeds, they require low-loss fibre connectivity to support multiple mated connections for flexible patching options over a wide range of distances and configurations, whilst remaining within link loss budgets.

At the same time, these connections need to be easily accessed and managed to quickly and effectively make changes," explains Charlie Maynard, fibre optic product manager at Siemon's global headquarters. "With superior best-in-class features, our new LightStack ultra high density fibre system is uniquely positioned to overcome current and future fibre connectivity challenges."

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