Cable management: An underestimated part of digitalisation

Order through cable management pays off

13.12.2018

As digitalisation progresses the demands placed on networks have increased as well. Data centers and network cabinets have to accommodate and manage a vast quantity of power and data cables. A well-managed network not only contributes to solid system availability, reduces operating costs, expenditure of time and increases network flexibility. A comprehensive cable management solution is therefore not just aesthetics. It is a must in any modern IT-environment.

It's not just the look that counts

Order and structure are not the only essential arguments that speak for an efficient cabling system and efficient cable management. The clear and clean separation of power and data cables greatly reduces the risk of crosstalk and interference between cables. Structured cabling makes the access to components easier and much faster. In this environment cable management can save a significant amount of time when, for example, defective devices have to be replaced or new ones have to be installed.

Another important aspect is damage prevention: Improper or uncontrolled handling can harm cables. To abide bending radii is not only important for fiber optic cables, but for copper cables as well. In the data center environment, operators often have to guarantee a fail-safe performance of up to 99.8 percent. This amounts to 1.5 hours per year during which a component can be shut down or switched off. These requirements are virtually impossible to meet without efficient cable management.

Cable Spaghetti: It's clear that such an installation doesn't simplify patching.

Active components emit hot exhaust air. Therefore they should not be blocked by cables. This can provoke overheating and long as well as time-consuming failures. Good cable management can ensure that the critical airflow paths remain clear. It also simplifies moving, adding and changing components, making future additions and changes easier.


A good cable management strategy can also significantly reduce space requirements. The space required is a critical component in many environments. Every rack unit (RU) is valuable, especially in tightly calculated cabinets. Untidy cabinets are extremely difficult to see through and can cause confusion among staff. This can lead to human error and it is not just finding one's way around that consumes an enormous amount of time. Cables added later often cannot be laid properly and the situation gets worse and worse.

COnclusion

Cable management should be part of every cabinet design. It is not important to place as much cable management as possible in your network or server cabinet, but to plan, select and place it wisely. The goal of every cable management system should be to prevent cable spaghetti in the long term in order to support an efficient, maintenance-friendly and future-proof network for as long as possible. This saves time, money and resources.


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