“We had obviously heard of Legrand Data Center Solutions and Minkels before”
When Luxembourg’s national Internet Exchange Point LU-CIX needed a new rack infrastructure at the start of 2020 to respond to the increase in activities, it quickly turned to Legrand Data Center Solutions and the new Nexpand range from the brand Minkels. An interview with Michel Lanners, CIO of LU-CIX.
2021 in Battembourg, Luxembourg
In order to respond to demand and maintain a premium quality of service, LU-CIX’s six Points of Presence (PoPs) in Luxembourg must adapt. At the start of this year, the organisation’s Executive Board decided to reinforce the Battembourg data center’s capacities by scheduling the installation of a private cage. All that was left to do was choose the right partner for the job. Michel Lanners: “When it comes to choosing equipment, we weren’t just going to go off a catalogue or a website, however well put together they were. You could say that’s somewhat of a paradox for an organisation that works in digital technology. Wrong! It was crucial to see the cabinet, to touch it, handle it, get an idea of the volume, the mass, the material, the quality ... Before making our decision, we arranged a configuration session at Legrand in February 2020. Lasting more than four hours, we met with their experts, who presented the Nexpand cabinets.
We were able to hold a discussion, exchange ideas and challenge these ideas to ultimately determine the solution that would fit us best. We inspected everything in great detail: the resistance of the shelves, the opening and closing of the doors, the adjustment of the vertical supports ... If needed, a cabinet must be able to be reconfigured easily.
Nexpand is Legrand’s premium configure-to-order cabinet platform for the data center market. It offers a highly configurable design with ready-to-ship parts that provide shorter delivery times and faster deployment. The cabinet is constructed with a lightweight solid aluminum frame, a 3,500 lbs static load capacity, and aluminum extrusions, ensuring that it will stand the test of time.
It’s more than just a product that has brought us together.
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