In today’s fast-paced business world, there is no room for network downtime. Communications must be constant and uninterrupted. Thus the performance of the enterprise network—and consequently its data center—is vital to business operations. To address these issues, CommScope Enterprise Solutions, a division of CommScope, Inc. (NYSE:CTV), is teaming up with IBM on its Fiber Transport System (FTS) S-Line Solution—a pre-terminated fiber optic solution that can be integrated into IBM’s revolutionary Portable Modular Data Center (PMDC).

Developed in tandem with CommScope and its SYSTIMAX®brand, the IBM FTS S-Line solution capitalizes on CommScope’s 40-year heritage in the development and production of fiber optics. Leveraging SYSTIMAX’s InstaPATCH® solution with the IBM suite of server (IBM zSeries) and storage area network products, the system expands productivity and scalability while lowering costs. In addition, its unique, pre-terminated hardware gives installers the ability to quickly connect system components together while safeguarding bandwidth needs within these portable data centers. And with the solution incorporating CommScope’s innovative port dust covers, installers don’t have to worry about interference or network problems caused by outside debris.

“When IBM came to us looking for a fiber-optic solution that could support its PMDC system, a key issue for them was speed. They needed a solution that could make their mobile data centers fully operational very quickly to ensure maximum uptime,” said Luc Adriaenssens, senior vice president of research and development, CommScope Enterprise Solutions. “Our pre-terminated fiber solution alleviated the issue in more ways than one. Its many features make it ideal for the rugged and demanding network environments where IBM’s PMDC system is deployed.”

IBM’s Portable Modular Data Center system provides a fully-functional, mobile data center that allows for quick deployment and installation into any environment. With a PMDC system, IT departments can quickly and easily expand their data center capacity to address critical bandwidth needs. As part of the system, the IBM FTS S-Line of cables includes high-performance, pre-terminated hardware, trunk cables, direct-harness cables, standard fiber patch cords and additional supporting hardware.

In addition to its pre-terminated design, the trunk cabling system provides more efficient use of space, which is critical in any containerized data center solution. The FTS S-Line is also compatible with CommScope’s complete line of network infrastructure solutions including its SYSTIMAX iPatch Intelligent Patching System and 10Gb/s copper cabling. The FTS S-Line is currently available through IBM as part of its PMDC system and is backed by CommScope’s global network of sales and technical support personnel.

SYSTIMAX and InstaPATCH are registered trademarks of CommScope Inc.

About CommScope

CommScope, Inc. (NYSE: CTV – is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks. Through its Andrew Solutions™ brand, it is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise® brands, CommScope is a world leader in network infrastructure solutions, delivering a complete end-to-end physical layer solution, including cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network design services, for business enterprise applications. CommScope also is the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television networks and one of the leading North American providers of environmentally secure cabinets for DSL and FTTN applications. Backed by strong research and development, CommScope combines technical expertise and proprietary technology with global manufacturing capability to provide customers with infrastructure solutions for evolving global communications networks in more than 130 countries around the world.

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