Cloud&Heat Technologies tests new R&M FO platform Netscale


Cloud&Heat specialises in the setup and operation of efficient edge data centres that provide computer capacity decentrally and at the same time heat buildings. Cloud&Heat is aiming to realise the most efficient distributed data centre in the world in terms of energy and costs as well as the first real time optimised edge cloud in Germany.

Because the edge locations in the basements of residential and non-residential buildings are usually limited in terms of space, Cloud&Heat is looking for innovative infrastructure concepts. The company is experimenting with compressed, centralised and automated architectures. This is why the cabling system Netscale was examined in practice in the spring of 2016.

Netscale fulfilled three important criteria for Cloud&Heat: the platform is compact, and both easy to scale and install.

‘As an innovative company with challenging data centre projects, we are dependent on scalable fibre solutions that can be deployed in confined spaces,’ said Dr Marius Feldmann, COO at Cloud&Heat Technologies.

Netscale fits into the Cloud&Heat architecture concept. Top of Rack (ToR) switches can be consolidated in the network cabinet and servers patched directly into the network cabinet. The switches can each be reconfigured at a central point. This is a sensible way of planning software defined network (SDN) architectures. The result is maximum reduction of switches and routers at every location.

‘Netscale makes it possible to consolidate all servers of the point of presence (PoP) into a 1U housing,’ confirmed Dr Thomas Wellinger, market manager, data centres, at R&M.

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