Fibre distribution platform supports BASE8 and BASE12

Created October 3, 2019
Technologies and Products

Developer and provider of network cabling systems Reichle & De-Massari AG (R&M), is launching Netscale 72, its latest fibre optic distribution platform. Netscale 72 natively supports the two parallel optical cabling types, BASE8 and BASE12. It also offers RFID-based automated port documentation and visual guidance of work orders. The next generation of infrastructure management software, inteliPhy net, is part of the offer.

The support of BASE8 and BASE12 means that distribution modules for both applications fit into the same drawers of the system. This arrangement enables datacentre operators to customise trunk cabling within existing racks and enclosures, simply by changing or adding cassettes. In this way, Netscale 72 is designed to facilitate rapid migration to new network generations. A typical case is a step from a 10 Gigabit network to a 40 or 100 Gigabit network. R&M says that Netscale 72 can also be used to build large Spine-Leaf network architectures in cloud datacentres. R&M reckons the Netscale range delivers the industry’s highest density of fibre optic ports in 19-inch cabinets.

With inteliPhy net, R&M is launching an easy-to-use DCIM solution for asset, capacity and change management. R&M deliberately attaches importance to simplified presentation and intuitive, Web-based operation. With inteliPhy net, users digitally organise and document the entire network infrastructure. The system bundles and visualises all information on capacities, cabling, patch panels, racks, PDUs, and IT equipment in a single database. Component representations can be added and moved using drag and drop.

In combination with the RFID-based inteliPhy monitoring system, the solution monitors all ports and leased cables in real-time. Predefined graphics show the connections and their status down to the port level. inteliPhy net can also be used to plan and control migrations, workflows, maintenance and patch orders. With the reporting function, network managers can verify that they are utilising the resources and meeting quality, compliance and service requirements.

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by John Williamson

John Williamson is a freelance telecommunications, IT and military communications journalist. He has also written for national and international media, and been a telecoms advisor to the World Bank.