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How Did My Fiber Cables Get This Messy?

How Did My Fiber Cables Get This Messy?

  • Dec 30, 2013
  • fiber optic cables, fiber cable, cable mess, cable spaghetti, spaghetti cables

Perhaps the first time you noticed a tangled cable here or there in your data center, your blood pressure did not spike. But time goes by and before you know it you walk in and are greeted by a sight of “cable spaghetti,” or a mishmash of pertinent cords, you probably won’t lose that unnerving mental image any time soon.

Cable Chaos Sneaks Up On You

The fact is though that messy cables can sneak up on you, especially with data center managers often being more concerned with electronic data processing, system analysis, and the development of data center standards, process, and procedures as opposed to cable clutter. Specifically, as revealed in an IDC-MCS survey of over 300 data centers, the lack of well-managed cabling topped their list of top data center dangers.

Echoing a similar sentiment, Lawrence Buxton, operations director for Sentrum Colo—a List-X, Tier III+ data center facility near Heathrow, UK—contends, “There are stories of people just dumping cables onto the floor, which affects airflow.”

The dangers associated with messy cables, however, run far greater than just the annoyances that come with the clutter.

Tangled cables can...

  • Reduce efficiency in the workplace by causing network problems such as slow network response, data corruption, and poor Internet connectivity
  • Cause cables to cross in front of moving parts or spill out into walkways
  • Lead to decreased airflow and improper hardware management
  • Confuse IT managers, when it comes to figuring out which cables are experiencing dB loss

So how do you prevent this data center nightmare?

By investing in the right cable management solution. Having a robust cabling solution for your data center—which can rely on the use of fiber optic cables or copper technology—allows you to seamlessly and efficiently scale and monitor your data center. The chief benefits that come with a structured cabling system include: improved airflow; simplified IT maintenance; support of future applications; the removal of cable bulk; and decreased dB loss, among other things.

Looking for ways to make sure spaghetti stays in your kitchen? Then click here to learn more about the importance of a structured cabling system.