Part of IT is having a room where disorder is normal. Disorganized, messy cables are common for many IT departments. But it is more than simply a nuisance. Rack cables provide critical performance and circuits. Improper handling of those cables can cause damage or even equipment failure. That can lead to costly downtime for business critical applications. Some of the most common issues that come up with poor cable management include:
- Increased time in troubleshooting or changing cable arrangement
- Increased time making changes to the racks due to moving of cables
- Cable damage caused by sharp edges of racks
- Signal interference
- Difficulty accessing or moving elements on the racks
One of the common place tasks that The Network Team does for our customers is cable clean up. Above, you can see a recent photo of a before and after server room for one of our clients. TNT Engineer Gene Choquette took several hours to reorganize the cables. That made sure that network upgrades not only increase the quality of the user experience, but it also make the network look good.
Benefits of better cable management include:
- Easier maintenance
- Reduced signal interference
- Shorter time to reorganize
- Longer-lasting cables
When planning your racks, there are several common sense thoughts to keep in mind that will make organizing easier.
- When planning your racks and cabling, make sure to think about future growth. Keep in mind the need for future network components and even more racks.
- Identifying cables will make it easier to change configurations when you need to.
- Make sure to follow industry and federal, state and local guidelines for cabling. This will increase safety and could help minimize system downtime.
The Network Team takes pride in providing complete customer satisfaction. Contact us at 980-263-2850 for more information on how we can improve your network performance.