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Spaghetti Cabling: The biggest cabling challenge, and what to do about it

Spaghetti Cabling: The biggest cabling challenge, and what to do about it

  • Jan 5, 2012
  • jtaylor
Last week I talked about spaghetti cabling and how it developed in data centers over time. Now I???m going to help you get rid of it.

With layers upon layers of cabling under floor or overhead, one wrong pull of a cable could affect an active ports??? performance. Worst-case scenario, you could cause downtime ??? leading to lost revenue (and possibly lost jobs).

So how do you clean the mess of spaghetti cables?

Step One: Create a Plan

First, evaluate your scenario. Map out all of your cabling runs and how things are connected. Use this map as a guide for creating a new map of the ideal cabling scenario. I recommend following the TIA-942 cabling recommendations. This allows scalability for future growth as well as flexibility for moves, adds and changes.

Step Two: Break It Up

Next, start breaking your data center into logical sections. Do not attempt to migrate everything at once unless you have a LONG scheduled downtime! By breaking your data center into sections, you can schedule short outages to pull all the unused cables out and ensure your active cables are secure and neat. This is where having a current evaluation and overhead drawing of your data center is very helpful.

With this information, you can approach this project in a systematic way while maintaining focus on the overall strategy.

You will also need to meet with any team members that will be affected. Having your entire team on the same page will mitigate any potential problems that could arise from a lack of communication.

Step Three: Get to Work

Now it???s implementation time. Start small on your first project ??? every data center scenario is different, so there is no cookie cutter plan. That???s why it???s important to take your time and keep track of everything you???re doing. You don???t want to pull everything out and not be able to get things back up and running in time!

Do you have more questions? Don???t hesitate to contact us ??? we help people like you for a living (and we???re good at it). Our products and design team will make it as easy as possible to Respect Layer One.