Revolutionary Smart Space cabinet wins international award

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Revolutionary Smart Space cabinet wins international award

Cannon Technologies has scooped a leading international award following the launch of its Smart Space Cabinet.


The data centre cabinet, which incorporates unique sliding partition panels to increase cooling efficiency, won the Frost & Sullivan 2012 New Product Innovation Award for Racks and Cabinets, Europe.

Frost & Sullivan is a global research organisation that monitors more than 250,000 companies in over 300 industries, to help track how businesses manage growth, innovation and leadership.

Its report into the European cabinet market highlighted the fact that on traditional cabinets, side panels often have to be completely removed to gain access, which drastically reduces the efficiency of cooling system, and subsequently uses more energy.

To address the issue, the Smart Space cabinet offers two types of sliding partition panel for racks bayed in rows – narrow partition and full depth panels. Used in pairs, the panels can slide backwards and forward to open cross cabling apertures between adjacent racks, or completely close off inter-rack access to provide a highly secure solution.

Describing the Smart Space cabinet as a ‘revolutionary product’, Frost & Sullivan’s independent research showed that the cabinet’s design can achieve around 40 per cent higher cooling efficiency and that the use of a RAFT (raised access floor technology) saves a massive amount of money, lead time, and effort in planning a floor and provides much better cable access. Additionally, it recognised in an existing data centre, in order to put in a 1m wide rack, two racks need to be taken out. The need for a 1m wide rack is eliminated with the use of a Smart Space cabinet.

Collecting the award for Cannon Technologies, managing director Matt Goulding explained, ‘It’s always great for any business to win an award, especially when it’s the result of an independent, third party assessment.

‘The Smart Cabinet is very much the result of talking to our customers about the real issues they were facing in data centres on a daily basis, and time and time again cooling, and maintaining the correct air temperature in racks, was flagged up as a major headache for data centre mangers.

‘We went away and developed a solution that not only solved the cooling problem but which also addresses another perennial datacentre issue, access, by making it much easier to carry out upgrades and general maintenance.’

The awards evening took place at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower hotel in London on 27th September.

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