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STRATEGIES FOR THE CABLING INFRASTRUCTURE

 

Data centers are as varied as the organizations that run them. Not only do they differ by types and tiers, but also by number of carriers, amount of storage, building construction, type of floor (raised or solid), available budget, and numerous other details. Regardless of these factors, every data center must have a cabling infrastructure that addresses some common concerns: how to manage a large number of cables in a changing environment, how to select cabling with sufficient bandwidth, and how to route cables efficiently throughout the facility. Because data centers are constantly growing and evolving, they share a common need for a high density, flexible cabling infrastructure.
 
 

Cable Management

Virtually every device in the data center must be cabled to another device, often with multiple cables to provide redundancy. A data center for a medium sized corporation may have 50 to 100 servers, while a data center for a large financial institution may have several hundred, so cable counts are extremely high - especially in the main and horizontal distribution areas. To manage large numbers of cables, PANDUIT recommends the following.

Start with sturdy frames that are designed to support large network devices and the associated cross-connect panels. Add copper patch panels and fiber enclosures according to projected port counts, plus cable managers for horizontal and vertical routing.

Never underestimate the value of horizontal and vertical cable managers. They protect cables from damage, keep them from blocking equipment interfaces and cooling fans, provide bend radius control, create a neat appearance, and improve routing and traceability. Cable management products are designed with bend radius control to help prevent kinks and sharp corners that can impede cable performance and cause long-term damage.

Provide visual identification. Implement a color-coding scheme for cables and ports so that they can be quickly identified, even from a distance. Due to the large number of cables and hardware that are managed in the data center environment, it is imperative that cables and ports be clearly labeled with durable products.

 
 
 

 


 
 
 
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