Getting Started

This section provides information on how to install the ExaLINK Fusion.

Package contents

The ExaLINK Fusion box should contain the following items:

  • ExaLINK Fusion box
  • ExaLINK Fusion Chassis
  • Rackmount kit
    • 8x M6 rack-mounting nuts
    • 8x M6 rack-mounting bolts
    • 8x M6 rack-mounting washers
  • 2x IEC power leads
  • 1x Serial port adapter cable
  • 2x Mounting extension rails (units shipped after 2018)
  • 2x Mounting extension brackets (units shipped before 2019)

Already installed should also be:

  • 2x Power supply
  • 2x Fan modules

Note: that the power supplies have an arrow on the exhaust fan that points in the direction of airflow. Fan modules are colored red for front-to-back (FTB, i.e. port side intake) airflow and blue for back-to-front (BTF, i.e. port side exhaust) airflow.

Since the power supplies and fans add significant weight to the ExaLINK Fusion, it is recommended that the system is rack mounted prior to installing them. Note: that two people are required to complete the installation.

  1. Clip the supplied-mounting nuts into the rack as shown, noting the gap of one notch between the nuts.
  2. One person should hold the ExaLINK Fusion, aligning the front panel of the ExaLINK Fusion with the nuts.
  3. The second person can then affix the washers and bolts to each of the four mounting holds on the front panel of the ExaLINK Fusion, securely fastening them to the nuts.

Mounting the Exalink Fusion into a rack

Mounting the ExaLINK Fusion into a rack

The ExaLINK Fusion ships with rear support rails. These can be added for extra structural support for the rack system. The process for installing these is as follows:

  1. Fasten the rear rails at the desired height. Ensuring that the indicator arrow on the flange is pointing upwards.

Image of attaching the right hand side rail

Attaching the right hand side rail.

Image of attaching the left hand side rail

Attaching the left hand side rail.

Image of attached left hand side rail

Example of attached left hand side rail.

  1. Lift the Fusion to the desired height and align the installed rails with the rail mating wholes on the rear of the Fusion.

Image of inserting the right hand side rail

Inserting the right hand side rail.

Image of inserting the left hand side rail

Inserting the left hand side rail.

  1. Slowly rack the Fusion by sliding back onto the rails, until the front is flush with the rack.

Image of mounting the Fusion on the support rails

Sliding back on both rails.

  1. Fasten the ExaLINK Fusion onto the rack as per the method for installing the front mount bolts. Due to the ExaLINK Fusion's weight it may be easier with the aid of another person.

Image of screwing in the Fusion front

Fasten the Fusion in the normal manner.

The ExaLINK Fusion ships with rear support mounting brackets. These can be added for extra structural support for the rack system. The process for installing these is as follows:

  1. Remove both of the power supplies from the ExaLINK Fusion (see above).
  2. Remove both screws from each of the rear mount bars to separate the mounts into their constituent pieces.
  3. Locate, unscrew and remove the brackets in the rear of the ExaLINK Fusion (pictured below).

Image of the rear bracket screws Image of removing the rear brackets of the ExaLINK Fusion

Removing the rear brackets of the ExaLINK Fusion (screw locations also pictured).

  1. Replace the power supplies.
  2. Fasten the rear mounts to where the removed brackets were previously. Ensure that the flaps for the bolts are facing outwards (i.e. in line with the front mount positions).

Attaching the rear mounts of the ExaLINK Fusion, with inserted power supplies.

  1. Mount the ExaLINK Fusion onto the rack as per the method for installing the front mount bolts. Due to the ExaLINK Fusion's weight it may be easier with the aid of another person.
  2. Remove the two screws restricting the rear mounting extension and adjust it so it fits the required depth for the mounting solution (Pictured below). When in place, apply the rack mount brackets and bolts.

Image of screwing in the rear mount rack mounts

Rear mounts being screwed into place.

  1. Replace the two screws for the rear mounting extension to lock the ExaLINK Fusion in place.

Image of screwing the variable lengths into place again

Variable length sections being secured in.

Note: It is also acceptable to reinsert the power supplies after the ExaLINK Fusion has been successfully mounted into the rack to reduce the weight during rack mounting.

Installing power supplies and fans

The power supplies and fans can now be installed into the ExaLINK Fusion chassis.

To install a fan module:

  1. Note: the position of the power connector on the fan module, relative to the power connector on the ExaLINK Fusion. Rotate the fan module so that it aligns with the ExaLINK Fusion connector.
  2. Push the fan module into the ExaLINK Fusion until it is flush with the rear panel.
  3. Tighten the two screws to lock the fan module into position.

A fan module can be removed in the future by loosening the screws and pulling out the module.

Installing a fan module

Installing a fan module

To install a power supply module:

  1. The power supply orientation is the same for both left and right supplies. Note the position of the IEC power input, which should be on the right when viewed from the rear.
  2. Push the power supply module in until a click is heard. The quick release lever should engage at this point.

Installing a power supply

Installing a power supply. Note the position of the IEC connector and the use of the quick release lever (left image).

The ExaLINK Fusion power supplies are redundant and failover from one to the other is automatic. It is recommended to operate the device with both power supplies installed, however, it will operate with only a single supply.

To remove a power supply module in the future simply press the quick release lever whilst pulling on the removal handle on the rear of the supply

Installing Line cards

Line cards are installed into the front of the ExaLINK Fusion. Your ExaLINK Fusion will arrive with line cards pre-installed as per your order, however if you wish to install additional line cards in the future, the following steps are required.

  1. Ensure the ExaLINK Fusion is powered down. Hot-plugging of line cards will not damage the device, but currently the software will not recognize additional line cards until a power cycle.
  2. Take the line card and align the edges with the card-guides in the line card bay.
  3. Push the line card in. The front panel door will swing upwards and out of the way. The line card will engage the connector at the rear of the bay, and a noticeable increase in force will result.
  4. Push until the line card is flush with the front panel.

The bottom bracket on the line card doubles as an ejection lever. To eject the line card:

  1. Apply force with a thumb to the 'ejection' symbol on the line card bracket. The lever should swing out at the opposite end.
  2. Pull on the lever. A cam mechanism will extract the line card from its connector.
  3. Once the connector force has been overcome, the line card should easily slide out of the line card bay.

Removing a line card

Removing a line card. Note the use of the ejection mechanism.

Installing cables and SFPs

Once power supplies, fans and line cards have been installed, it is possible to install the power supply cables, management interface cables and any SFP or passive twinax cables to the ExaLINK Fusion.

See Configuration for information on setting up the management interface of the ExaLINK Fusion.

This page was last updated on Sep-15-2019.