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Does the backside of your server rack look like storage for a waterfall of cables? Cable management can be a major task, but it should be a high priority.

Cable Management: Why it Pays to Keep it Neat

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Does the backside of your server rack look like storage for a waterfall of cables? Cable management can be a major task, but it should be a high priority.

Cable management,
Why Does it Matter?

Cable management is one of the most overlooked IT management tasks.  Not only will keeping things neat make troubleshooting faster, but it quickly communicates professionalism. It’s an easy way to up your game, and we’ll help you with tips to get your cable management ready to impress.

Options: Some Good, Some Bad

Most server racks are designed to accommodate cables and provide channels for routing. There are also products such as “Neat Patch” to assist with management.

Some cable management options may actually be a burden, such as server swing arms. These arms are designed so the server can be pulled from the rack while still powered on. This may seem like a good idea, but moving a powered on server with fragile drives spinning at 15,000 RPMs is not recommended. Servers should be powered off before moving. These arms also trap massive amounts of heat and restrict exhaust airflow.

Getting Started
  • Label all cables properly on each end.
  • Color code cables by function.
  • Keep power and data in separate channels.
  • Remove inactive equipment.
  • Zip tie or Velcro extra cable in loops (not too tight).
  • Remove cabling server arms.
Why Does It Matter?

Cleaning up and organizing your cabling isn’t just for show.  Good cable management will help in many ways on a daily basis.

  • Easier to troubleshoot cable issues.
  • Easier to replace equipment.
  • Reduce heat.
  • Improves air flow for cooling.
  • Reduce the risk of a power wire arc and fire.
  • Professional pride.

If you would like to soothe my cabling OCD, I would be more than willing to help.

Eric Thompson

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