Cable Management: How The Best Practices Benefit Your Company

neuCentrIX - 11/08/2020 11:02

The performance of a data center relies on numerous factors. Despite its complex and problematic nature, cable management is one of the most crucial aspects of a data center. A well designed and properly implemented cable management system is the key to excellent performance, high accessibility, and reduced operating cost. An article by Forbes written by Kolton Andrus emphasizes how downtime and outages cost companies a lot of money and even more resources. A proper cable management system helps your company save money as it prevents unwanted and very expensive downtime and outages. 

That is why a proper cable management system is a good investment for companies that rely greatly on their data center performance. Using the services of a data center provider is a way for a company to gain all the benefits of a well designed and properly implemented cable management system. A reliable and responsible data center provider, such as NeuCentrIX, applies these cable management system best practices in running its services.

Thorough Advance Planning
An effective cable management system starts with a clear design of the cabling network structure and management plan. A good system design fulfills any current needs but at the same time is upgradable with rooms for future upgrades, changes, or relocations to keep long term reliability and readiness. The design blueprint works as guidance and direction not only during the installation process but also in the maintenance and troubleshooting stage. A reliable data center provider ensures speedy and accurate problem resolutions by not omitting this stage.

Detailed Design Thinking
There are a lot of things to consider when designing a network, so it is crucial for the cabling system design to be broken down into details before installation. This stage is when preferences are set to make sure the system and the environments are built to fit the needs. Fiber or copper cable? What types and sizes are needed? How long should the cables be to be free of loose cables and reduce waste? How should they be clustered, bundled, and organized? A data center provider thinks these details through to create a system where everything is safe and no resources are wasted during the installation process while still ensuring optimum performance. 

Cable Stress Management
Stress is bad for cables, and no network engineer should allow this to occur much in their systems. One key to cable stress management is using the right tools. These tools might feel like an extra cost, but managing cable stress actually saves your money in the long run.
A data center provider is capable of utilizing and managing the tools efficiently. For example, labels and color coding are used to arrange and categorize cables neatly as well as keep track of everything. Horizontal and vertical hangers are also used to keep sensitive cables in place and avoid damage. 

Complete and Detailed Documentation
Detailed documentation of the type, locations, and connections of each cable is very useful for future maintenance. A complete documentation system enables a data center provider to spend less effort and time to maintain and supply new equipment and troubleshoot any connectivity issues.

Implementing these best practices is the key to an effective and reliable data center function. NeuCentrIX implements the best practices of a data center cable management system in its Meet-Me Room (MMR) facility to ensure safe environments, efficient execution and maximum server performance. This standard is also consistently retained to get the best results of proper maintenance and troubleshooting procedures. By implementing this system, NeuCentrIX has established its reliability and worth as a data center provider.