Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has announced that its state-of-the-art network infrastructure solutions have been installed in a new data centre at the headquarters of Tanzania’s National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) in Dar es Salaam.
Comprising Siemon’s VersaPOD® cabinets, high performance category 6A shielded copper and multimode high density plug and play optical fibre cabling, the new data centre is part of NHIF’s upgrade programme to better facilitate its administration and support services.
Compulsory for public sector workers, the National Health Insurance Fund is Tanzania’s largest health insurance scheme. Since 2009 the scheme also includes private sector workers and covers a range of heath related services.
This scope of growth called for a new data centre facility which would meet the fund’s requirement for cutting edge performance in the short term whilst providing scope to grow with the fund’s projected expansion plans.
Emerging Communications Limited (E-COM), a leading IT company and a Siemon Certified Installer in Tanzania recommended a set of network infrastructure products from Siemon to meet the fund’s objective. With personnel that can configure exceptional data centre solutions, E-COM was tasked with the design and installation.
To meet the high-density requirements of the modern data centre the NHIF chose Siemon’s VersaPOD cabinets.
VersaPOD leverages the vertical space between bayed cabinets for patching and cable management, freeing critical horizontal space for active equipment and providing superior density in minimum floor space. In a standard server rack configuration, 48 port patch panels required for patching to each server each occupy 2U worth of horizontal space.
With VersaPOD cabinets, these patch panels can be mounted in the vertical patching area. Based on comparison studies, Siemon claims that VersaPOD cabinets can reduce the number of cabinets required in a typical data centre by 20 per cent.
The category 6A shielded cabling installed in the data centre exceeds current standards as required by the NHIF. Siemon’s Z-MAX® 6A F/UTP solution combines superb performance and unparalleled usability with security and robust noise immunity.
It also supports fast installation as Iyer Sivakumar, Siemon’s sales manager for Africa, explains, “‘Due to its innovative design, Z-MAX 6A offers significantly reduced installation times when used in conjunction with our Z-MAX Termination Tool. This combination means outlets can be terminated in as little as 60 seconds, which helps reduce labour time and costs.”’
Siemon’s multimode high density plug and play optical fibre system complements the copper installation and consists of modules, reel and connect panels. It uses XGLO® laser-optimised fibre for superior transmission performance for up to 10 Gigabit Ethernet applications and exceeds all ANSI/TIA/EIA and ISO/IEC insertion loss and return loss requirements.
Bakari Yahaya Mhamali, NHIF’s data centre manager, concludes: “I am confident that the network infrastructure solution configured by E-COM will ensure an unrivalled level of future proofing. The Siemon technology we have deployed offers best in class performance and will help us continue to develop NHIF for the benefit of as many people as possible across Tanzania.”
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings.
Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fibre cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data centre power and cooling systems and intelligent infrastructure management solutions.
With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry.
Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. Siemon provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators. www.siemon.com/africa
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