Data Center Cabling Solutions

Mike Palmer, CABLExpress infrastructure design specialist, offers some simple tips for cable management with copper cabling.


Hi. I'm Mike Palmer, Infrastructure Design Specialist here at CABLExpress here to talk to you about a question that we seem to get from a lot of people.

Hey, how do I control the spaghetti mess that seems to grow inside of my closet?

I'm going to share with you a couple of quick tips on how to control it and then talk about a newer product that a lot of people have been using with great success to contain the mess.

We take a couple of easy steps for this. Number one's kind of obvious. Make sure you're using the proper measurement. We don't want to use 10-foot cables when we only need three foot of length. Use the right tool for the job.

The second thing that we always recommend is we want to utilize both horizontal and vertical cable managers. It keeps your rack nice and clean, and it does allow you to put some of that slack away if you have it.

The third thing we like to recommend is to route your cables to both sides of your rack. It allows you to take some stress off your cable management and it keeps things nice, tight, and neat.

Something a lot of people have been doing is switching out their standard CAT6 cables for the CABLExpress mini CAT6. It's 50% smaller than a standard patch cord. It's flexibility makes it very easy to take turns out of switches, and it reduces your copper cordage by 50% in your rack.

The reduced size of the cable also means that you can use less space inside of your cable manager. Look at how flexible the mini CAT6 is versus the standard CAT6 bundle coming into this manager. Using less space gives you more space in your rack.

These are a few quick tips on how you can beat the spaghetti monster sitting in your closets. For more information, please visit