Siemon Announces WheelHouse™ Advanced Data Center Solutions

October 1, 2015. Watertown, CT — Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, today announced the launch of its new WheelHouse Advanced Data Center Solutions brand. Aligning the company’s established line of cable and connectivity systems, cabinets, cable management and power distribution with an array of new and upcoming product innovations, Siemon’s WheelHouse delivers a comprehensive range of advanced data center solutions to support any size and type of data center, from large high-performance computing environments and colocations, to small-to-mid size enterprise data centers.

WheelHouse takes advantage of innovative, value-add data center infrastructure solutions designed to speed deployment, improve scalability, enhance manageability and increase efficiency, combining them with Siemon’s comprehensive data center design services and industry-leading support to help customers optimize their data centers while lowering total cost of ownership.

Siemon’s WheelHouse Advanced Data Center Solutions portfolio includes:

  • End-to-end copper cabling systems Z-MAX® Category 6A F/UTP and TERA® Category 7A/Class high-performance twisted-pair copper cabling systems, including patch panels, patch cords, pre-terminated trunking assemblies and cable.
  • LightHouse™ Advanced Fiber Cabling Solutions LightStack™ ultra high-density plug and play system supporting up to 40/100Gb/s, LC BladePatch® jumpers with innovative push-pull latch, feature-rich fiber management solutions, and an extensive line of enclosures, field-terminated connectors, jumpers, pigtails and fusion splicing systems.
  • High speed interconnect assemblies Full line of Cisco-compatible and independently tested SFP+ QSFP+ passive and active copper and optical cable assemblies for the latest ultra high-speed point-to-point applications.
  • Comprehensive line of data center cabinetsInnovative VersaPOD® and V800 cabinets with valuable Zero-U vertical space between cabinets and at end of row for patching, power distribution and cable management, as well as robust, cost-effective V600 server cabinets and hot aisle/cold aisle containment solutions.
  • V-Built™ Preconfigured Data Center Cabinets – Customized data center cabinets preloaded with Siemon connectivity, cable assembles, PDUs, cable management and accessories, preassembled and packaged under one part number to arrive at customer site ready for active equipment.
  • Complete line of racks, cable management and accessories VersaPOD 4-post racks, vertical and horizontal cable management, end-of-row vertical patching channels, thermal blanking panels, equipment shelves and more.
  • Full line of power distribution solutions PowerMax™ and intelligent PDUs available in metered, monitored, smart, switched and managed options with environmental monitoring and DCIM capabilities.
  • Infrastructure management – Upcoming EagleEye™ software that combines automated infrastructure management (AIM) with future DCIM capabilities, including capacity planning, power and environmental monitoring, virtual machine management and more.
  • Comprehensive data center design services – 2D and 3D layouts, bills of material, thermal analysis, pathway and space planning, and expert guidance on standards compliance, topologies and architectures.

An interactive guide with information on Siemon WheelHouse Advanced Data Center Solutions, as well as links to educational resources such as infrastructure planning and design guidance, white papers and webinars are available at

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Soziales Engagement für Hilfsbedürftige: Siemon unterstützt Golf Charity der INITIATIVE DO IT

Troisdorf, 24. Juli 2015Bereits zum neunten Mal fand mit der Golf Charity der INITIATIVE DO IT e.V. am 11. Juli 2015 eine der angesehenen deutschen Benefiz- Golfveranstaltungen statt. Siemon, ein international führender Anbieter von Lösungen für die IT-Netzwerk- und Rechenzentrumsinfrastruktur, beteiligte sich dieses Jahr als Sponsor des Turniers und unterstützt damit Sozialprojekte seines Distributionspartners Atlantik Systeme GmbH, dem Träger des Vereins INITIATIVE DO IT e.V..

82 Golfbegeisterte, darunter Gäste, Sponsoren und Prominente, erspielten auf der renommierten Anlage des Golfclubs Wörthsee e.V. einen Reinerlös in stattlicher Höhe von insgesamt 55.555 Euro. Über die Summe können sich krebskranke Kinder und Menschen in sozialer Notlage freuen. Der Betrag wird an Sozialprojekte der INITIATIVE DO IT e.V. und an die von der ALR Treuhand geförderten Kinderkrebsforschung am Klinikum München-Schwabing der Technischen Universität München gespendet.

Siemon arbeitet mit der Atlantik Systeme GmbH, einem Value Add Distributor für aktive Netzwerkkomponenten und Data Center Management Lösungen, seit 2014 eng zusammen und deckt mit seiner Produktpalette speziell die Infrastrukturanforderungen des deutschen Rechenzentrumsmarktes ab. Zum Portfolio der Siemon Produktlösungen bei Atlantik gehören unter anderem hochleistungsfähige 10GbE End-to-End Kupferverkabelungslösungen, Glasfaserlösungen für 10, 40 und 100 Gbit/s Anwendungen und das komplette Sortiment an VersaPOD Portfolio an Schrank- und Racksystemen.

“Gemeinsam nicht nur wirtschaftliche Erfolge zu erzielen, sondern diese auch zu nutzen, um sich zusammen für kranke Kinder und für schwache, bedürftige und in Not geratene Menschen zu engagieren, liegt uns sehr am Herzen“, kommentiert Martin Verweij, Regional Director bei Siemon EMEA. „Wir freuen uns, dieses Jahr bei dieser namhaften Veranstaltung als Sponsor dabei gewesen zu sein. Die erzielte Spendensumme des Turniers ist ein herausragender Erfolg.“

Über die INITIATIVE DO IT e.V. kommt der Hauptteil des Reinerlöses den Projekten ‚Herrschinger Tafel’, ‚Eine bessere Basis für Schüler’, ‚Kinder in Nepal’ und ‚Förderung von Ganztagsklassen’ zugute. Damit können diese Projekte nachhaltig finanziell unterstützt werden.

Ottmar Flach, Geschäftsführer der Atlantik Systeme GmbH und Vorstandsvorsitzender der INITIATIVE DO IT e.V., sagt: „Siemon ist nicht nur ein Anbieter von Komplettlösungen für strukturierte Kupfer- und Glasfaser-Verkabelungssystemen, die einen ausgezeichneten Ruf genießen. Das Unternehmen übernimmt auch immer wieder wichtige gesellschaftliche Verantwortung. Wir sind stolz darauf, einen so starken Partner an unserer Seite zu haben und freuen uns sehr über die finanzielle Unterstützung.“


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What’s the worst thing you’ve found stuck in a network port?

Broken USB cord in airport RJ45 outlet

Broken USB phone charging cord in an airport RJ45 outlet

Anyone responsible for network infrastructure probably has stories of  questionable foreign objects stuck in their ports and outlets.  While it may be more of an issue in publicly accessible ports, it can happen wherever you might find childish mischief, malicious intent, or old-fashioned stupidity (in other words, anywhere).



Gum in a K-12 computer lab port

Gum in a grade school computer lab port

I’ve collected a few good examples in my travels, including gum in an elementary school outlet, the remnants of a USB phone charger jammed into an airport kiosk port, and my personal favorite: a half-smoked cigarette in a TR patch panel, left by a tech who obviously intended to smoke the rest of it later.

But I’d be willing to bet that my examples would be child’s play compared to what you contractors and network pros have seen over the years – and we’d love to hear about it.

Share your best “foreign object in a port” story via Twitter @siemoncabling #siemonlockit and we’ll send you a Siemon gift pack, including a few samples of our LockIT outlet lock (which, not coincidently, was designed to help keep all manner of unauthorized things out of your network ports).  Include a picture of the offense and we’ll throw in a Siemon bucket seat and a hard hat*.

LockIT Outlet Lock and locking patch cord

And, once we’ve all had a good laugh, you can check out an easy way to make sure it never happens again – with Siemon’s LockIT outlet locks.

*In US only, while supplies last.


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Siemon Expands MapIT® G2 Automated Infrastructure Management System with the Highest-Performing TERA® Solution

April 20, 2015. Watertown, CT — Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to expand its MapIT® G2 Automated Infrastructure Management System with its fully shielded TERA® solution. The combination of MapIT G2 technology built into TERA patch panels and cords and the new feature-rich Siemon EagleEye™ Connect software deliver real-time tracking and management of the highest performing and most secure category 7A/class FA twisted-pair cabling system available.

The MapIT G2 TERA system includes robust intelligent patch panels that are easy to install with modules that snap in from the front or rear and include Quick-Ground technology for proper grounding of the shielded system. The panel’s angled design allows for easier cable routing directly to vertical managers. The panel displays real-time information about each patch cord connection and circuit trace locally at the backlit graphic LCD display.

Designed for superior reliability and corrosion resistance, the MapIT G2 TERA patch cords are available in both 2- and 4-pair versions and feature an accessible sensor pin at the rear of the boot for testing and mapping purposes. The 2-pair cords accommodate cable sharing where two 2-pair applications such as VoIP or 10/100BASE-T can run over a single 4-pair cable and outlet, saving cable cost and pathway space.

“Not only are we excited about our powerful EagleEye Connect software, but implementing MapIT G2 technology into the TERA system results in one of the industry’s only category 7A/class FA automated infrastructure management systems,” says Robert Carlson, Siemon’s vice president of global marketing. “There are many forward-looking end users that deploy TERA for its unparalleled performance of 1000 MHz bandwidth, its TEMPEST rating for superior security and its ability to support cost-effective cable sharing. Providing these customers with an intelligent version of TERA brings this premium fully-shielded system to a whole new level of network management, protection and reduced downtime.”

A combination of MapIT G2 smart connectivity technology and the new EagleEye software provides complete visibility and control of the physical layer. Using real-time port monitoring and tracing capability, the system identifies faults, unauthorized connections and unused ports to improve troubleshooting response time, work order processes, security and asset management. MapIT G2 TERA patch panels are extremely efficient, using up to 78% less power than competing systems scalable. They are also available in field-upgradable MapIT G2-Ready versions for a simple and cost-effective migration path to automated infrastructure management.

To learn more about the MapIT G2 TERA System, please visit:

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Siemon Improves Network Visibility, Monitoring and Management with EagleEye™ Connect Software

April 15, 2015. Watertown, CT — Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce EagleEye™ Connect, an automated infrastructure management (AIM) software solution that automatically monitors and documents physical layer connections and device status for unparalleled network visualization, improved network security, better management of IT assets, reduced downtime and increased staff productivity.

As the central interface for Siemon’s MapIT® G2 Automated Infrastructure Management System, EagleEye™ Connect is a server-based software solution that collects, monitors and stores network intelligence data from innovative MapIT G2 Master Control Panels and Smart Patch Panels available in Category 6 UTP, Category 6A F/UTP and UTP, and Category 7A F/STP for copper patch panels, and in singlemode and multimode MTP-to-LC and LC-to-LC enclosures for fiber.

EagleEye Connect software includes the following user-friendly set of network management features:

  • Navigation tree showing hierarchical relationship of all network assets down to the port and device level
  • Realistic graphical views of floors with device locations and front and back views of racks with patch connections
  • Graphical end-to-end circuit traces from the switch port to the end device
  • Real-time database with auto-discovery to automatically maintain updated inventory
  • 24/7 monitoring and alerts of unauthorized connection/disconnections and movement of IT equipment and devices
  • Efficient work order management for creating, assigning, managing and tracking work orders

“With security a top concern and downtime primarily caused by IT personnel making errors when configuring changes, today’s IT leaders need nonstop monitoring of all IT assets and methods to improve accuracy and productivity,” says Tony Veatch, Siemon’s director of product management. “We have designed EagleEye™ Connect with enhanced security features that prevent loss of data and help to ensure compliance with security regulations like HIPAA and Sarbanes Oxley. That combined with the ability to speed response time and improve accuracy of moves, adds and changes significantly reduces downtime and operating expense. The software’s ability to document network assets in real time also allows our customers to maximize utilization of their switch ports and rack space for reduced capital expense.”

Included in the EagleEye™ Connect Software is a comprehensive reporting function that facilitates planning for growth or changes, including inventory and capacity reports to show available ports and rack space. Accessed remotely from anywhere via a web browser, EagleEye™ Connect can monitor, manage and protect networks across multiple facilities and sites around the world.

For more information on the Siemon’s EagleEye™ Connect Software, visit:

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Siemon 4U LightStack Optimizes High Density Data Centers

15-04-01-lightstack-4uApril 1, 2015. Watertown, CT — Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to announce a 4U version of its LightStack™ Ultra High Density Fiber System to house to 576 LC fibers or 3456 MTP fibers in just four rack units of space while ensuring superior port access, cable management and fast, seamless migration to advanced 40 and 100 gigabit applications.

Part of Siemon’s LightHouse™ Advanced Fiber Optic Cabling Solutions, LightStack 4U is an innovative rack-mount enclosure with revolutionary horizontal cable management that handles both traditional and uni-tube jumpers and features easy-unlatch, swing-open management clips for full access to the jumpers. Swivel trunk cable tie-down points on the rear of the enclosure maintain proper bend radius, while sliding trays offer all-around better access than any other high-density fiber enclosure on the market. Modules are easily inserted or removed from either the front or rear of the enclosure, and the visually appealing easy-open magnetic door eliminates harmful pinch points and offers high-visibility drop-down labeling.

“Our 1U LightStack Ultra High Density Fiber System is extremely popular among today’s high-density data centers that require easy access and management of high density fiber connectivity with the capability to easily migrate from 10 to 40 and 100 gigabit speeds,” says Charlie Maynard, Fiber Optic Product Manager at Siemon’s global headquarters. “Our latest 4U version simplifies installation for high fiber count environments by supporting four times the density in a single enclosure while maintaining the best-in-class LightStack features that help data centers overcome current and future fiber connectivity challenges.”

The LightStack Ultra High Density Fiber System includes ultra-slim LightStack low-loss 0.35dB LC-to-MTP modules, 0.2dB MTP pass-through adapters that are fully ready to support 40 and 100 gigabit applications, and 12-fiber LC pass-through adapter plates for current 10 gigabit Ethernet or Fibre Channel SAN applications. Ideal for backbone and SAN applications, the system also includes trunk cables, including MTP trunk cables and LC-to-MTP hybrid trunk cables available in staggered lengths for connecting a variety of active equipment to interconnects or cross connects.

For more information on the LightStack Ultra High Density Fiber System,

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Are Slow Terminations Killing Your Bottom Line?

As a cabling pro, you know that winning jobs is a balancing act between delivering competitive bids and protecting your profitability. But, have you ever considered how the speed of your individual termination processes can impact that balance?

Siemon’s newest Cabling Contractor Best Practice: ”The Impact of Termination Speed on Your Bottom Line” explores that impact, delivering simple, contractor-focused guidelines on turning faster terminations into winning bids AND improved profits.

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Siemon Unveils Data Center Showcase

Watertown, CT — Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, is pleased to unveil a new Data Center Showcase to exhibit the company’s comprehensive suite of high quality, high performance infrastructure solutions for the data center, including fiber and copper connectivity, cabinets, cable management, power and cooling systems, and Intelligent Infrastructure Management solutions.

Located at Siemon’s corporate headquarters in Watertown, Conn., the high tech Data Center Showcase houses rows of Siemon’s innovative VersaPOD®, V800 and V600 data center cabinets designed to effectively save space, manage cabling and improve thermal efficiency. The cabinets are populated with Siemon fiber and copper connectivity, cable management, and power and cooling solutions to demonstrate optimal data center utilization and support for a variety of network equipment and servers. Complete with a raised floor and drop down ceiling for airflow and cable routing, the room sits behind sleek glass doors and features a large glass conference table for visitors to congregate.

“We often bring customers in from all over the world to see our manufacturing capabilities also located right here in Watertown, and the new Data Center Showcase is a chance to demonstrate how all of our high performance solutions come together to build the foundation for mission critical data centers,” says Robert Carlson, vice president of global marketing for Siemon. “Maximizing space and ensuring thermal efficiency in today’s high density computing environments is very important to our customers, and we can now show them how our solutions support these needs in a real-life, hands-on setting.”

Siemon recently launched a demonstration video where Siemon Data Center Expert Lyle Menard, RCDD/NTS, provides an overview of the solutions in the Data Center Showcase, including the ultra high-density LightStack™ fiber solution that can support up to 864 fibers in a single 1U enclosure and the Zero-U space-saving capabilities of the VersaPOD® cabinets where space between bayed cabinets can be used for cable management, patching, power distribution and other equipment.

To learn more about the Data Center Showcase and see the video, please visit:

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Nice to see that Siemon is not the only one stressing the importance of good quality patch cords!

Patch cords prove to be networks’ weakest links
They don’t need to be weak links, but the proliferation of low-quality and counterfeit products makes them so.

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Siemon Announces LightHouse™, an Expanded Portfolio of Advanced Fiber Cabling Solutions

Siemon’s comprehensive line of high-performance fiber optic solutions for data centers LANs and Intelligent Buildings are now aligned under the Siemon LightHouse brand.

Watertown, CT — Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, today announced the launch of its new LightHouse Advanced Fiber Solutions brand. Aligning the company’s established line of end-to-end fiber cable and connectivity systems with a wide array of new product innovations, Siemon’s LightHouse delivers a comprehensive range of high-performance fiber solutions to support nearly any network infrastructure.

LightHouse takes advantage of competitive pricing levels on the most commonly used fiber cable and connectivity systems, combining them with Siemon’s advanced, problem solving products to deliver a fiber portfolio unmatched in terms of total customer value.

Siemon’s LightHouse Advanced Fiber Solutions portfolio includes:

  • Configurable end-to-end plug and play systems – Pre-terminated MTP, LC and SC cable assemblies and modules in Singlemode and Multimode supporting up to 40/100Gb/s, as well as feature-rich fiber management solutions, including the innovative LightStack™ ultra high-density plug and play system.
  • Expanded fiber cable offering – Siemon’s comprehensive fiber cable line provides cost effective and readily available options across a full range of fiber types and performance levels, strand counts, jacket types, and constructions.
  • Extensive fiber jumper and pigtail line – LC, SC, and ST assemblies in Singlemode OS1/OS2 and Multimode, ranging from OM1 to OM4.
  • Innovative ultra high-density LC jumper – Siemon’s new LC BladePatch® jumper features an innovative push-pull latch and quick and easy field polarity changes designed for ultra high-density patching.
  • Time-saving field-terminated connectors – High-performance epoxy-polish and mechanical splice field-terminated LC and SC connectors
  • Easier fiber management – Expanded rack and wall-mount fiber enclosure options simplify high-density fiber cable and connectivity management and are enhanced by Siemon’s data center cabinet and cable management products
  • Ruggedized fiber options – Siemon’s ruggedized LC fiber connectivity provides an IP66/67-rated seal for harsh environments
  • Quick splicing – Siemon fusion splice system interfaces between bulk cable and LC duplex jumpers connected directly to active equipment
  • High performance fiber solutions for POL/PON Systems including: Splitters, enclosures, cable, connectors and cable assemblies.

To learn more about Siemon’s LightHouse portfolio of advanced fiber cabling solutions, visit:

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