3M Adds FiberZone Automated Fiber Management to Data Center Solution

  • 3M
  • Fiber Management
  • FiberZone
AUSTIN, TX - 3M announced a strategic business alliance with FiberZone Networks, a provider of automated fiber management (AFM) solutions, to bring its AFM system to the data center market.

As data proliferates, managing the data infrastructure has become a critical discipline for today’s enterprises. A single outage can affect thousands of customers and significantly impact the revenue of network and cloud providers.

FiberZone's AFM system enables remote provisioning of a data center’s fiber network, avoiding the operational costs and downtime associated with manual operation of traditional patch panels. This allows data center operators to dynamically manage fiber connectivity based on load requirements and customer needs, enabling on-demand services and new service offerings – such as managed cage and expedited cross-connect services – along with the reliability, flexibility, fault tolerance and management for the fiber infrastructure that manual patching cannot offer.

Key to the AFM product reliability and stable performance is its patented Latched Optical Coupling (LOC) technology, which creates a secure, physical optical fiber connection that can be changed to a different port configuration on demand through a software interface or programmed automatically. The fibers can be re-arranged in an NxN, non-blocking manner.

Multitenant data center operators, and tenants in these facilities, can optimize their operational expenditures and revenue by using AFM to minimize downtime and increase service offerings.

3M will be an authorized sales representative for FiberZone Networks, offering its AFM to the data center market. “The FiberZone Networks AFM system uniquely addresses an emerging issue in data center infrastructure management and is a perfect complement to our own growing portfolio of solutions for data centers,” says Gordon Wiegand, 3M Communication Markets Division business development manager. “3M’s global reach, combined with FiberZone Networks’ industry-first fiber management system, will help data center operators worldwide facilitate the transition to cloud data management while delivering operational efficiencies.”

Gady Rosenfeld, vice president of business development and marketing at FiberZone Networks, adds, “3M’s scale and global reach will allow us to offer our AFM system to more customers and in new markets around the world.”

FiberZone's solution will joint 3M's broad portfolio of data center solutions, including high-speed copper, fiber, and active optical cabling solutions.

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