In the past few years, many new data centers have been built and even more retro-fitted. This offers an opportunity to “make things right” from a cabling perspective.
What are the ways things are wrong?
Until 2005, there was no standard to offer guidance for data center cabling design. The result was that most runs were made using a “point to point” cabling infrastructure. The result of that was/is typically a mess.
The Standards Changed
In 2005, the TIA published the TIA-942 standard that offered a roadmap for structured cabling design. Additionally, BICSI published the ANSI/BICSI 002-2011 that is also a very helpful resource for data center cabling design.
This video covers the ANSI/BICSI 002-2011 standard.
This video goes over measuring for pre-terminated cabling in the data center.
This video covers port replication. What it is and why it is critical to a manageable structured cabling solution.