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5 Ways Effective Cable Management Benefits Your Data Center

5 Ways Effective Cable Management Benefits Your Data Center - Cable Management Blog

It’s easy for computer cabling to get out of control – even at your office desk disorganized cables can be a problem! So, when it comes to the many tens or even hundreds of servers in a data center, cable management is clearly an important element to get right.

Congested and disorganized cabling can quickly lead to a “spaghetti mess.” Not only is this ugly, but it can be the cause of some serious problems. Here are five reasons you should avoid cabling congestion, and how effective cable management can minimize risk and benefit your data center.

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  1. Avoiding Downtime / Outages
  2. Workplace Safety
  3. Future Expansion
  4. Lookin’ Good
  5. Show Me the Money!
    Cable Management Made Easier
5 Ways Effective Cable Management Benefits Your Data Center - Cable Management Blog
Congested and disorganized cabling can quickly lead to a “spaghetti mess”

1. Avoiding Downtime / Outages

One of the primary reasons for effective cable management is to reduce the risk of downtime. This is especially true when someone is working on making additions, expanding capacity or repairing existing systems.

Effective cable management allows technicians to simply unplug and plug in cables that are necessary to the action they are taking. Disorganized cables may involve “troubleshooting” steps that really involve determining what is plugged into what before work can begin.

Since you’re often paying by the hour, and all that plugging and unplugging can cause costly downtime / outages, organized cables are really a necessity in any data center environment.

2. Workplace Safety

What’s one of the things your servers need to avoid future issues? Airflow. Effective airflow prevents overheating, fire hazards and even cable breakage that can cause serious issues – or at worst, an outage.

Cables that are too long and disorganized can also quite simply be a tripping hazard, increasing the risk of workplace injuries. In addition, there is a risk of electric shock. Want to keep your employees, workplace and servers safe? Avoid cable congestion and improve your cable management.

3. Future Expansion

You are planning to expand and modernize your data center over time, right? With the internet of things, the rise of VR and AR applications, and even the adoption of 5G networks, speed has become ever more critical, and will continue to be so over time. That means you need to have the ability to add to your server stacks quickly and easily.

But congested cabling can make this problematic. You’ll have to untangle and organize what you have before you can safely add more. A simplified, organized and effective cable management system is an important element of IT infrastructure scalability, and will make future expansion that much easier.

4. Lookin’ Good

You know what else congested cabling does? It looks bad! Imagine a client visits your office and sees a mess like the one pictured above. What will they think of the rest of your company if your cabling is that disorganized?

You never know what will impress or not impress a potential client, and to be professional in every aspect of the appearance of your business is essential. If it doesn’t look good to you, it definitely won’t look good to your clients.

5. Show Me the Money!

The above are all great, but how are you going to sell better cable management to your CFO? In the long run, great cable management WILL save you money. Your business will run more smoothly, you’ll have fewer outages, less maintenance and repairs and expansions will be quicker and easier.

For many businesses, especially in a time when more and more is being done online, a reliable data center is at the heart and soul of staying in business – and a vital key to profitability. Better cable management is also a cost effective way to improve the bottom line, with benefits continuing to roll in over time.

Effective Cable Management Made Easier

Fortunately, it’s easy to see the advantages of a simpler, cleaner cabling system. Instead of the nightmare of having multiple wiring systems in place, especially when many devices are being used at the same time, a more structured cable management system will make it easier to access and work on each component.

Cable Management Racks - Horizontal and Vertical Cable Managers In Data Center Server Rack
Cable Management Racks – Horizontal and Vertical Cable Managers In a Data Center Server Rack

Here at AnD Cable Products, we have the solution for you. Our Horizontal Zero U Cable Management Racks and Vertical Cable Management Racks minimize the space you need for each server, and help keep cables neat and organized for your next move, add or change. You’ll not only avoid congested cabling, but you’ll avoid outages, have a safer system and workplace, be ready for the future, and your data center will be looking good. Besides that, you’ll save money and enjoy all the advantages of a sleek and streamlined cable management system.

Ready to change the way you manage server cables in your data center? Contact us today. We’re here to help, and we can tailor our solution to your unique situation.

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About the Author

Louis Chompff - Founder, AnD Cable Products, Rack and Cable ManagementLouis Chompff – Founder & Managing Director, AnD Cable Products
Louis established AnD Cable Products – Intelligently Designed Cable Management in 1989. Prior to this he enjoyed a 20+ year career with a leading global telecommunications company in a variety of senior data management positions. Louis is an enthusiastic inventor who designed, patented and brought to market his innovative Zero U cable management racks and Unitag cable labels, both of which have become industry-leading network cable management products. AnD Cable Products only offer products that are intelligently designed, increase efficiency, are durable and reliable, re-usable, easy to use or reduce equipment costs. He is the principal author of the Cable Management Blog, where you can find network cable management ideas, server rack cabling techniques and rack space saving tips, data center trends, latest innovations and more.
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5 thoughts on “5 Ways Effective Cable Management Benefits Your Data Center

  1. It’s good to know that structured cabling looked a lot better. I’m hoping to get structured cabling for my business. I’ll have to reach out to a cabling professional.

  2. True. Cable management tools provide wiring flexibility, simplicity, and lower installation cost.

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  4. Thank for sharing with us ways effective cable management benefits your data center.

  5. I thought it was interesting when you mentioned that cabling makes it easier to access things. With that in mind, I would think that it would be a good idea to make sure your data cabling is color-coded. Keeping the cabling color-coded seems like a good way to make sure where everything goes.

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