In a recent InfoWorld article titled Don't touch that cable if you know what's good for you, a case was made to resist the urge to straighten up, un-clutter, or organize your data center cables. What?! Well, it's not exactly what you think.
The article laid out a scenario. In the scenario, it starts with a newly built data center. It's clean, designed to your specs, and organized to the point of color codes... a real thing of beauty. Then life happens. As changes occur over time the cables are no longer a thing of beauty. The color codes are out the window. The early signs of cable spaghetti start to take shape. Yeah, it's a pain in the neck, but you know your way around, so it's okay (says the overwhelmed IT pro in denial).
The article above goes on. The IT pro working in this data center might be tasked with implementing a change. In fact, it might be quite simple. However, you have to fight the growing cable mess. So, you think "Hey, I'll just quickly tidy up these cables right here". It should just take a minute, right? Not so fast, my friend.
As much as your good intentions should be applauded, once you start pulling on the cables and playing around you may stumble into a series of unintended consequences that make your little mess a bigger problem the more you try to make it tidy.
Therefore, the article advises to resist the urge to start getting your hands into those cables. Instead, it's recommended that you take some time to make a plan, then tackle the project at one time.
1. Good Habits Matter
This seems like a no-brainer. Yet, if we kept with our good habits and best practices, the data center cabling messes probably wouldn't occur in most cases.
2. Handle the Small Matters Before They Become Big Problems
Many cultures have proverbs to pass on this bit of wisdom for a reason. Cable spaghetti doesn't happen over night. It's a series of events. It's not addressing the small problems over time. After a while you have a great big problem. Then, it's too late. Fixing a small problem may very well lead to more problems...which in turn lead to more problems. You see where this is going. So, do yourself a favor, Daniel-san. Trim a weed before it grows into a tree.
3. A Structured Cabling Solution For The Data Center
If you want to avoid the messy cable scenario above and have well planned, organized, highly functional data center cables, a structured cabling solution is the way to go. Here's why.
Seriously, Go With A Structured Cabling Solution For Your Data Center
Yes, it's worth repeating. Time and space are the name of the game in the data center cable game.
Time is money, so you want to have a smart way to maintain your data center and accommodate future data center expansion. You want to save time on small changes and big change. Plus, you don't want to spend time periodically having to do clean-ups of your point-to-point cabling. Your time can be better spent.
Space is important for 3 major reasons. The first reason is basic. You only have so much space. It's limited. Clutter is the enemy because it uses up so much space unnecessarily (but you know this). Second, you need to manage space so you have order in your data center. An orderly data center is key to high performance. Third, proper space management is key for data center cooling issues.
Just remember to exercise good habits, take care of small matters before they become problems, and implement a structured cabling solution in your data center. Do this, and you'll be in good shape.