The difference between a professional looking cabling job
(below) and a ???spaghetti mess???
(shown left) usually has to do with two factors -
planning for proper cable lengths
the use of cable management products.
In this post, I will focus on the use of cable management products in a new hardware install.
The importance of planning in cable management
First, plan ahead. After you order the hardware, think about how much room you have in the rack. Then look at the rack or cabinet that the hardware is being installed in. Does it have adequate room for cabling? Many times this is the most important factor. If you have a cabinet with no room for vertical cable management, you have no options to ???manage??? that cable. In other words, it is not going to look good! Think of how many cables will be in the rack. Look closely at images of the hardware that will be coming in.
With this in mind, think of where you will put horizontal cable managers. How will the cabling run vertically? I would highly recommend sketching this out on paper; it really helps formalize your ideas and can potentially show problems that you will run into.
Microsoft VISIO is also helpful for doing this. Many companies have stencils of their products to download for free !
What cable managers should you choose?
There is a myriad of options when it comes to cable managers. Choose carefully and find ones that work best for your needs. Duct style horizontal managers are becoming very popular as they cover up cable slack. Ring style managers are very flexible and can typically hold more cables. Here is a great
video to see these types of products.
Whichever you choose, there is no magic product that makes your cabling job look perfect. It always comes down to the installer and the overall layout and design, so plan carefully!