R&M launches mixed-use Netscale 48 patch panel

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R&M, a globally leading  developer and provider of cabling systems for high-quality network infrastructures, today launched the mixed-use Netscale 48 patch panel. With this new 48 port panel, both fiber optic and copper cabling can be accommodated within a single height unit, effectively saving up to half the rack space traditionally required for a combination of both media. This compact mixed-media solution helps free up valuable space for more cabling, switches, and servers, making it the ideal high-density patch panel for data centers and LAN environments.

“Copper cabling is still extensively used in the Middle East, especially in office environments. At the same time, fiber cabling is essential to meet ever growing bandwidth requirements. With space being a major constraint in such set ups, there is tremendous value that our mixed-used panel can provide. Furthermore, this solution offers investment protection as it allows organizations to gradually shift from copper to fiber connectivity without having to replace existing data center infrastructure,” said Nabil Khalil, Executive Vice-President of R&M Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

Netscale 48 can be equipped with all types of adapters available on the market today. These include the fiber optic connectors LC, SC, MPO, E-2000™ and even the latest types CS, SN, MDC of the Very Small Form Factor (VSFF) class. The R&M products Cat. 6A ISO, Cat 6A EL and Cat. 8 can be used for copper connectivity.

The solution has been designed to accommodate changes without any network disruptions. An additional feature is the integrated patch cord manager which saves space-consuming additional height units with cable guides on the front. Netscale 48 supports Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM) and is ‘hot-pluggable’ as sensor strips of the R&MinteliPhy AIM system can be plugged in or replaced during operation.

The new 48 port variant is the latest addition to R&M’s Netscale range of solutions which offer the industry’s highest density of fiber optics ports for 19” cabinets. The family includes the larger Netscale 72 and Netscale 120 solutions, and is the first Ultra High Density platform with integrated functions for automated infrastructure management.

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