IBM leverages CommScope for Portable Modular Data Center fiber option

DECEMBER 15, 2009 -- CommScope Enterprise Solutions, a division of CommScope Inc. (NYSE:CTV), says has teamed with IBM on its Fiber Transport System (FTS) S-Line -- a pre-terminated fiber-optic product line that can be integrated into IBM’s Portable Modular Data Center (PMDC).

DECEMBER 15, 2009 -- CommScope Enterprise Solutions, a division of CommScope Inc. (NYSE:CTV), says has teamed with IBM on its Fiber Transport System (FTS) S-Line -- a pre-terminated fiber-optic product line that can be integrated into IBM’s Portable Modular Data Center (PMDC).

IBM’s Portable Modular Data Center system is designed to provide a fully functional, mobile data center that enables quick deployment and installation into any environment. As part of the system, the IBM FTS S-Line of cables includes high-performance, pre-terminated hardware, trunk cables, direct-harness cables, standard fiber patch cords, and additional supporting hardware.

Leveraging SYSTIMAX’s InstaPATCH pre-terminated fiber products with the IBM suite of server (IBM zSeries) and SAN products, the IBM FTS S-Line is designed to expand productivity and scalability while lowering costs. In addition, its pre-terminated hardware gives installers the ability to quickly connect system components together while safeguarding bandwidth needs within these portable data centers, CommScope says. The line’s port dust covers also relieve installers from concerns about interference or network problems caused by outside debris, the company adds.

“When IBM came to us looking for a fiber-optic solution that could support its PMDC system, a key issue for them was speed. They needed a solution that could make their mobile data centers fully operational very quickly to ensure maximum uptime,” said Luc Adriaenssens, senior vice president of research and development, CommScope Enterprise Solutions. “Our pre-terminated fiber solution alleviated the issue in more ways than one. Its many features make it ideal for the rugged and demanding network environments where IBM’s PMDC system is deployed.”

In addition to its pre-terminated design, the trunk cabling system provides more efficient use of space, CommScope says. The FTS S-Line is also compatible with CommScope’s complete line of network infrastructure products.

The FTS S-Line is currently available through IBM as part of its PMDC system and is backed by CommScope’s global network of sales and technical support personnel.

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