Siemon Installs Cabling Products for MainOne Data Center

By CIOReview | Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Fremont, CA: The largest colocation facility of its kind in West Africa, MainOne would now be using cabling products installed by Siemon. This announcement was made earlier today by Siemon, a global network infrastructure specialist. The 3,500 sq. meters MainOne data center is located just outside of Lagos, Nigeria and delivers consistent high-level performance, data storage and data security to support leading businesses from across the West African region.

In the deployment, Siemon and its certified installed partner, DBH Solutions, collaborated on the process of designing the cabling infrastructure. This infrastructure consisted of Siemon's high performance XGLO fiber-optic solution with OS2 single-mode and OM3 multi-mode fiber, and the company's Z-MAX end-to-end Category 6A shielded copper cabling system. A combined total of more than 2,400 XGLO optical fiber links, using 1,200 pairs of OM3 and 1,200 pairs of OS2, were installed for the backbone infrastructure, which connects every cabinet to Cisco Nexus 7000 series core switches located in each of the two main network rooms. The Z-MAX cabling was used to connect servers and work area outlets to access switches. Given the challenging schedule, this cabling will provide significant advantages in terms of product handling and ease of installation. When asked about the reasons to select Siemon as their cabling partners Gbenga Adegbiji, head of capital projects at MainOne mentioned "We needed to specify products that would fully support applications today and well into the future to allow for growth and expansion, and we chose Siemon to enable us to achieve these important objectives."

Notably, MainOne is the only data center in West Africa built to Uptime Institute's Tier III specification, which guarantees 99.98 per cent availability which means no more than 1.6 hours of downtime per year. Optimized for next generation backbone applications, Siemon's cabling systems will make sure that MainOne can support its growing customer base by providing a solid and future-proof cabling infrastructure foundation.