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R&M sets up intelligent cabling at Société Arabe Internationale with Equinox

R&M sets up intelligent cabling at Société Arabe Internationale


SAIB’s datacentre cabling is capable of supporting 10Gbps over Cat6a Copper and 10Gbps over OM4 Fiber Optic along with 40Gbps over OM4 Fiber Cabling.

Société Arabe Internationale de Banque in Cairo, Egypt has built its new datacentre using HD patch panels, raceway systems, and pre-terminated copper and fiber cabling solutions from R&M. The investment is future-proofed to be Automated Infrastructure Management ready and in its next phase will involve the integration of the R&MinteliPhy system for full visibility and manageability.

SAIB was established in 1976 and in addition to providing all manner of banking and financial services provides products & services that are in compliance with the provisions of Islamic law through its Islamic branch. The Bank was keen to develop a new datacentre and its initial requirements called for eight server racks, six network racks, and four security racks along with six more racks left for future use.

When R&M began its discussions with the Bank, it became clear that along with providing the physical infrastructure solutions, R&M would also have to add value through the R&M Network Advisory Service.

A total of forty R&M HD Panels were housed in the racks to provide the needed copper and fiber optic connectivity with full AIM retrofit-ability at later stages. As per R&M’s proposed design, one hundred sixty Cat6a trunk cables of various lengths were used to for connectivity between these racks.

For fibre optic connectivity, additional HD Patch Panels were used to house two hundred R&M HD MPO modules. Two hundred MTP12 OM4 Trunk Cables were also used ranging from 10 to 25 meters based on the datacentre design and rack arrangement. Additionally, FO Field OM4 connectors were used for fiber optic connectivity with external fiber optic connections.

To make sure moves, adds and changes to trunk cables between racks will be an easy job; R&M utilised its raceway system complete with bend-radius controlled fittings such as tee-joints, horizontal elbows, along with trumpet outlets for cables drops. The raceway helped match the containment design and fulfil the customer’s requirements within schedule and budget.

Equinox International, R&M’s certified partner, supported the vendor’s efforts during the site surveys, technical exchanges, and bill of quantities preparation phases. The presence of this strong certified local partner proved essential to success due to the sophistication of the project. The installation efforts were extensive but relatively direct due to the extensive surveys and preparation work done prior to the project.    Read More

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