Adding Hardware To Your Data Center? Read This First!

Adding Hardware To Your Data Center? Read This First!

Hardware installations are rarely pain-free. A common reason why things often go awry: a lack of planning or consideration for how cable infrastructure is affected.

Data center cabling is an integral part of any hardware rollout plan.

As a cable manufacturer that works directly with end users to provide fiber optic connectivity for their data centers, I am constantly reminded that cabling is typically the last thing on the checklist for hardware rollouts.

While we are consistently increasing our stock position as well as honing our production lines for increased efficiency, fulfilling a last-minute request of, for example, a custom 264-foot, 72 multi-fiber assembly with 24???, 36???, and 72??? breakouts on site the next day is unlikely. However, substituting cabling length and breakout specifications for an alternate option already in stock could lead to serious cable management issues and possible downtime.

We encourage our customers to follow best practices when it comes to cable management, including creating a structured and scalable environment as specified in the TIA-942 design standard. Following this standard ensures optimum performance. To do this, however, requires time set aside for planning and installation. To get started, view a checklist of things you need to consider when adding hardware to your data center.