Belden to Offer Future Facilities CFD Modeling for Data Centers

8 March, 2016

Software Assesses Data Center Impacts to Mitigate Risk and Increase Efficiency

St. Louis, Missouri – March 8, 2016 – Belden Inc. a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission-critical applications, announces new simulation software capability to assist data center managers with current and future data center needs.

Through engineering simulation, Belden uses CFD (computational fluid dynamics) modeling to explain to data center managers the impacts of airflow and thermal management on data centers and energy efficiency. With this engineering simulation, Belden helps customers bridge IT and facilities; facility engineers can visualize and provision power and cooling, and IT planners can deploy IT systems where power and cooling distribution are available.

Using 3D and 2D renderings, this software conducts CFD analysis for predictive modeling, what-if and capacity planning. It also provides information on the current state of a data center, as well as predictions about the potential future state of a data center. The best way to design and operate the space can be determined with this information before equipment is actually put in place.

By making CFD modeling part of the data center workflow, users can:

   • Reduce capital expenditures and improve data center design
   • Predict thermal and electrical resilience of each IT device
   • Run failure scenarios to confirm that resiliency will be maintained
   • Compare different vendor choices
   • Predict, plan, identify and prevent hotspots
   • Increase usable capacity without sacrificing uptime
   • Validate thermal solutions

“We’re excited to offer new technology that empowers data center managers to make decisions based on engineering simulation,” says Michael Peterson, technology and applications manager, data centers, Belden. “When we can work with clients to tell them whether a planned change can be made without negatively impacting uptime, energy efficiency or productivity, they’ll be able to avoid critical events and make choices more confidently.”

To offer this capability, Belden partners with Future Facilities and its suite of data center products. Belden and Future Facilities work together to offer a deeper level of understanding about data centers. “This offering will bring new levels of productivity to data center design, troubleshooting and operations for Belden customers. We’re excited to partner with Belden to offer data center manager’s best-in-class CFD and engineering simulation,” says Robert Schmidt, sales manager at Future Facilities.

Only Belden’s innovative enterprise connectivity solutions take a universal approach to customers’ enterprises, resolving signal transmission needs with IP- and legacy-based solutions that enable a smooth migration to convergence. Belden’s extensive portfolio spans LAN, data centers, building automation and security and access control to keep information running smoothly. Outstanding global service and support capabilities and application-specific warranty programs complete Belden’s unique offering.

About Belden
Belden Inc., a global leader in high-quality, end-to-end signal transmission solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit us at; follow us on Twitter @BeldenInc.

About Future Facilities
For more than a decade, Future Facilities has provided engineering simulation software and consultancy services to the world’s largest data center owner-operators and the industry’s leading consultancies. With global offices, its software and services are relied on to deliver unique insight into the current and future performance of mission-critical data centers. Additional information can be found at; follow us on Twitter @6SigmaDC.

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