Siemon introduces active cold aisle containment solution


Siemon, a leading global network infrastructure specialist, has announced the launch of its active cold aisle containment solution in Africa, featuring roof panels that open automatically during an alarm event to facilitate access to sprinkler systems and other fire suppression systems.

Compatible with all Siemon data centre cabinets deployed in a pod configuration, the active cold aisle containment solution improves efficiency and expands the capacity of a data centre without the need for supplemental cooling while leveraging existing fire suppression systems.

Active aisle containment panels form a horizontal roof across the cold aisle and when used in conjunction with self-closing or manual doors that close off the end of the aisle, the cold air is contained in the aisle to provide targeted cooling to active equipment. Electromagnets hold the active roof panels in place during normal operation and in the event of an alarm, release the panels allowing them to swing open. These magnets utilise 24VDC power and are compatible with most standard power supplies deployed in the data centre environment. The power supply connects to the facility fire alarm control panel or smoke sensor output to ensure that the panels automatically open during an alarm event.

“Our active cold aisle containment solution is a cost-effective way for customers to leverage their existing fire suppression systems rather than having to bring it down into the cold aisle, enabling them to achieve compliance with codes such as NFPA 75 standards for fire protection of information technology equipment,” said Peter Thickett, Siemon’s product manager at Siemon. “The active roof panels are compatible with all Siemon floor standing cabinets and custom sizes and technical support are available to ensure that the system supports the specific needs of the customer.”

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