Based on its recent analysis of the modular data centre market, Frost & Sullivan recognises Cannon Technologies with the 2015 European Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award. Cannon Technologies' success in this market is a direct consequence of its meticulous efforts to develop solutions that address unmet and evolving market needs. The company operates a "Sector Need" programme to identify client frustrations, and then proposes appropriate innovations to address them. It then goes to great lengths to gauge the market view on these innovations.
The integrated range of rack door locks is an excellent example of innovation coming from Cannon Technologies' "Sector Need" programme. These products enable the easy upgrade of rack door locking systems from standard key locks to mechanical combination locking systems, electronic/key pad locking systems, stainless-steel and motor-driven high-security locking systems, and fingerprint locking systems.
Cannon Technologies' rack door locks, in effect, allow end users to upgrade their security levels without having to change rack doors. Since the company's electronic locks can be remotely relocked if inadvertently opened, end users can also eliminate costly engineer visits in such instances.
"Cannon Technologies has come up with yet another innovative solution by designing the rack in such a way that it becomes an integrated structural element of the data center," said Frost & Sullivan Senior Industry Analyst Gautham Gnanajothi. "With all this being just a small selection of examples from the Cannon innovation program, one can well imagine the extensiveness of the company's product portfolio."
The company's products range from containerized solutions to prefabricated modular solutions and micro and mini modular data centers. Each of its product categories were developed by implementing top-notch industry practices and leveraging cutting-edge technologies.
The Cannon Globe Trotter is the containerised range of modular data centers, which is available in over 20 standard designs and developed to specifically serve non-mainstream vertical applications. Primarily for this product line, the company has designed a Soft Ride technology that enables fully functional data centers to be shipped globally, with all servers and associated IT equipment pre-installed and shock protected against damage.
To cater to mainstream data center applications, the company introduced Cannon Data Campus, a proven, resilient and efficient pre-fabricated modular solution. The Cannon Data Campus is equipped with high-performance infrastructure, designed to achieve low power usage effectiveness with free cooling and up to tier-4 reliability.
Overall, Cannon Technologies specialises in providing right-sized solutions that deliver best-in-class density per unit floor space, making it highly competitive with respect to price/performance value. Its solutions are commendable for their low initial cost, optimal use of available site with virtually no wasted space, and easy and cost-effective power/cooling density upgrades and space expansions.
With an acute focus on tracking and analyzing Mega Trends, Cannon Technologies stays a step ahead of its competitors with respect to technology and innovation. For instance, about seven years ago, the company identified a growing need for phased capital expenditure opportunities by investors intending to develop a data center business, and took a proactive approach to address the considerable inefficiencies in the investment process.
"Cannon Technologies' impressive technology know-how, immense experience in the server racks industry, and innate ability to pounce on the latest trends and convert them into opportunities, brings a unique level of sophistication to its brand value," noted Gnanajothi. "Thanks to these capabilities, the company manages to provide end users with an unrivaled ownership experience."
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