Neatly arranged cables in a server room provide an aesthetically pleasing working environment. But more than that, neatly arranged cables are a crucial aspect of any data center design, as they help reduce unplanned downtime and maintain reliability. Here are some examples of problems that disappear when you have a structured cabling system.
As technology advances, so does our demand for networks that can handle more. Most systems can have upgrades built into them in order to meet this demand. When you have a messy cabling system, however, upgrading your system can take longer than necessary due to confusion. When cables are neatly arranged and everything has a clear place, making needed upgrades is simple.
Properly managed cabling systems increase cabling efficiency and reduce downtime. The labor costs directly related to cable management can be significant. Non-optimized, disorganized cabling adds more labor and work time than managing it properly. When less time is spent on management and repairs it means less overhead for businesses. Unmanaged cables often coil and bundle around the floor or server racks. This not only causes a mess but also causes strain and damage to cables, which may result in damage to data and downtime at a later stage.
A messy heap of cables also reduces airflow within the data center, which can cause dust to accumulate on cables and damage to the equipment. Looping and coiling cables create magnetic fields that can cause interference, which may impact network performance. On top of this, separating the different types of cables in a coiled pile is challenging, which can cause data integrity issues. Especially on enterprise-level networks with multiple cables and connector types, accessibility to individual components becomes problematic as they are not easily distinguishable in the tangled mess.
A structured cabling infrastructure can save much time and money in troubleshooting, prevent possible hardware damage, and improve IT performance. If your cabling network needs work, give JCOMM a call. We would love to consult with you and find the best solution for your business needs.
By JCOMM 7-8-2022