Cable Management Solutions for Easy Access
Cable management solutions are critical to the health of your data center, the heart of all your company’s data and operations. That’s why it should be protected and built for adaptability, scalability, redundancy, and efficiency to support day-to-day operations, disaster recovery, and business continuity.
Cables can make a big difference in how easily and effectively you can access equipment and network resources. So, in this article, we will discuss data center cable management best practices.
Datacenter Cabling Best Practices
Datacenter cable management, when properly installed, improves the accessibility of your data center, making it easier to access power, network, and storage resources. Here are some tips and techniques that will help with the short and long-term management of your installations.
- Use a structured cabling system. Structured cables provide a way to ensure that all cables are running in the same direction and are organized by function (voice/data/video). This will help prevent cables from becoming tangled or damaged as they run throughout your facility.
- Keep it neat and organized. We recommend you use labels for each cable so you can quickly identify where each one goes. Labeling also helps you track which cables have been used and when they need replacing.
- Use twist ties, Velcro straps or zip ties to bundle cables together and attach them to surfaces for an even neater appearance. Zip ties help prevent cables from being disconnected or accidentally unplugged by someone who does not know what they are doing.
- Use cable ladders or data center cable raceways to guide cables across the ceiling, through walls, and around fixed objects to keep them off the ground where they can be subject to damage due to foot traffic, furniture movement, etcetera.
Proper Spacing Between Cables
Cables should not be too close together or too far apart. Proper data center cabling design will provide enough space to keep cable runs apart and organized. This allows you to identify which cable goes with what device quickly.
If cables are too close together, it can be difficult to manage them if you need to replace a component such as a power supply. It also makes access to power, network, or storage resources more difficult when they’re crowded together and tangled. Cables should be spaced at least 10 cm (about 4 inches) apart to give you enough room to move around. The actual amount of space will depend on your needs.
Choosing the Right Cable Management System
Choosing the right cable management system for a standard data center rack can be challenging, you need to consider both space and accessibility. First, make sure the rack has enough space for each power and data cable you need. Second, ensure the cable ties are easy to reach.
Keeping the cables within the rack organized is important. Cables that are thrown around are a trouble-shooting nightmare for technicians. They can also cause damage to the cable and create hot spots in the rack.
This open-sided server rack cabinet is a great option for equipment and easy cable management. The side opening door makes installation and maintenance easy. It’s fitted with mesh panels for excellent air cooling. Plus, Gaw Technology can install your cable management before shipping the cabinet to you. It makes life easier for your technicians when equipment is installed and operational.
In addition, your cable management system must be able to handle the weight of all your cables. You don’t want them to come loose and create an environmental or trip hazard. Check the build quality of your cable management system.
Securing Your Datacenter Cabling
Securing your datacenter cabling is primarily a safety concern. Datacenter cable management can help avoid or reduce the likelihood of injuries. Your cables should be secured to the wall and out of the way of foot traffic. This helps prevent someone from tripping and causing injury or accidentally damaging expensive equipment.
Be mindful of reducing excess slack in the cables as this can also be a tripping hazard. Keep cable clusters out of the way too.
We recommend you use cable ties as necessary to keep cables neat and organized. If a cable is left loose, it can catch on something and cause damage to the equipment it’s powering or attached to.
Keep Cable Routes Short
Our top cable management tip is to keep your cable routes short and sweet. Shorter routes make it easier for your people to find what they need when the time comes. It also keeps everything looking neat and organized. If you do have multiple cables running from one device to another, be sure to keep them bound up and labeled correctly.
While modular hardware may seem like an upfront cost, it’s a long-term investment. Modular hardware is created to scale and grow your business, which means it will never become outdated when you need more space or want to add on. Additionally, modular hardware is designed to remove one part of the hardware without affecting the other parts of the data center. This makes it perfect for disaster recovery and business continuity.
Cable Management Our Final Tip
A lot of emphases is put on protecting network equipment. Rightfully so, it’s very expensive. But poor cable management can also cause damage and downtime.
The right kind of cable management system can save you time and money. Maintenance is easier when your cables are neat and organized. If you don’t properly manage your cables, you risk downtime, equipment damage, and inefficiency.
To help you avoid these problems, here are 3 quick and final tips for proper cable management.
- Remove abandoned cables
- Test all cables prior to installation
- Always use the correct length of cables
Popular Server Rack Cable Management Solutions
Gaw Technology has a variety of cable management solutions to secure, bundle and route the cables in your data center. We help make it easy to keep the server racks organized, your equipment accessible and your data center safe from tripping hazards.
Here are just a few:
Filler Panel with D-Rings
Our most popular cable management system is 1RU high and 19-inch rack mount. Perfect for routing cables across your cabinet and mounted above or below your routers. It’s a high-quality, durable solution for your cable management needs.
Filler Panel with Towel Bar
Prefer to lace your cables and wires to a towel bar? We have welded a 1RU filler panel to a towel bar, so the cabinet air will be sealed and give you somewhere to lace your cables and wires to. It’s a good horizontal cable management option.
Power Cable Tie Bar
A great option to secure your power cables. Constructed from cold-rolled steel, this heavy-duty product withstands higher weights. 1 RU height with three different tie bar sizes – 4, 4.5 or 7 inches.
Vertical Velcro Wire Manager
This wire management system mounts into your rack, keeping everything neat and organized. 2 different heights: 40U or 44U and easy to install.
Would you like Gaw Technology to install cable management or other accessories into your semi-custom or custom cabinets? No problem.