As today’s data center operators juggle an ever-increasing list of responsibilities, it’s not surprising that cable management practices tend to fall from their radar. Yet with the number of data center devices constantly expanding, neglecting proper cable procedures can open the door to an array of unwelcome issues that can contribute to potentially devastating downtime. Facilities lacking a systematic approach are vulnerable to problems such as decreased airflow and higher temperatures inside of cabinets. A lack of effective cable management can also increase complexity during equipment moves, adds or changes, leading to inaccurate counts of available switches and storage ports. Furthermore, excess cabling often cultivates unattractive and potentially dangerous "spiderwebs" and "spaghetti cabinets."
Whether managing structured cabling, distributed cabling or other network connectivity components within the data center, follow these five simple tips to avoid getting tangled up:
A key component of a data center’s success, strategic cable management is a practice that should not be ignored. Following these simple tips will help reduce troubleshooting time and promote high availability.
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