Cable management is critical to a data center success. Cable mess can arise many problems such as cable damage, poor network performance. It will create more difficulties when you need to upgrade or expand your network. While good cable management can solve all these issues. What benefit can you get from good cable management? And how to make good cable management?
Advantages of Good Cable Management
Protect cable–Good cable management keeps cables installed properly so as to avoid the risk of over bending. And cables are not likely to be accessible to heat sources or sharp edges.
Improve network performance–As we all know, Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) can cause error data or data loss in a data center. So we should better keep different types of cables apart to minimize EMI by exposing cables to one another as little as possible. Besides, since cables are identified, there is less chance of power outages or data loss caused by cables accidentally removed from equipment.
Airflow–Many equipment are installed in a data center, which generate lots of heat during operation. So cool system and air-condition units are usually used for heat dissipation. As cables are organized tidily in a server rack, it’s good for airflow. In this way, cooling devices don’t have to work overtime.
Save time–Work efficiency can be improved when the cables are managed well. As all cables are grouped and labeled in a cabinet in a good manner, the access to cables is straight forward. It can save you time for the removal or maintenance of cabling, especially when you need to find out a link problem.
Save cost–cable management also includes the design for future use. To design a data center just for current use may save you money at present. But in the long run, it can lead to more costs if you need to upgrade your data center. So you should better consider the use of your data centers for at least 3-5 years in the future. Make a wise choice when buying cable management equipment.
Cable Management Methods
Horizontal Cable Management
Horizontal cable management is to install cables within a data rack so that cables are drawn away from equipment. Horizontal cable management is typically slotted directly in front of equipment, together with additional management above or below which channels the cables away. Horizontal cable management panel with finger duct is one of the assemblies used to manage high density structured cabling in data centers. One or two rack units are available. Rings and trays are also useful tools for this kind of cable management.
Vertical Cable Management
Vertical cable management creates pathways within data racks for the cable runs. Vertical cable management is usually used with the combination of horizontal cable management. Horizontal cable management draws cables away from equipment and vertical cable management guides cables to the floor or up to the roof. Vertical cable managers and U-channel systems are the tools for running cables vertically.
Overhead Cable Management
Overhead cable management can safely guide cables and save space in a data center. Some engineers think overhead cable management are better than underfloor pathways mainly because of accessibility issue. And overhead trays can effectively avoid overheating. Additional cables can be easily installed in the open trays, which is beneficial for the growth in a data center.
Underfloor Cable Management
Underfloor cable management uses access flooring to route and conceal cables. Cables can be safely run under the floor and can be installed into your work places without being seen. It can save installation time and cost by reducing the time for screwing hardware. And you don’t need to worry about the cable drops caused by overhead cable management.