Benefits of Cable Management – IT Industry
One of a company’s largest investments can be IT and any supporting infrastructure, with an important but often overlooked element being cabling and the supporting cable management system. Selecting the right cabling system can have a tangible impact on a range of day-to-day issues, including network performance, the speed at which data can pass through the network, power consumption and can even effect green IT strategies. Therefore making the right choice of cabling system is too important an issue to simply be ignored.
Cable management is often seen as merely knowing what cables plug into which device or where in a rack it is connected, but additional benefits of correct cable management solutions can mean improved speed, efficiency, bandwidth, performance and uptime, all whilst reducing carbon footprints and therefore offering real financial savings. It can also reduce failures and in some cases extend the life of critical IT equipment.
Businesses traditionally left cabling systems as a the last item on a long check list, whether completed by contractors or in-house, but recently the cost-saving and future proofing benefits to a business of a strong cabling system have changed this view. Proper management of data and power cabling within the IT environment can deliver a number of benefits that will enhance the system availability, user experience and improve the bottom line.
Reduced signal interference — the elimination of crosstalk and interference between cables will enhance system performance. Data and power cables running close to each other in parallel groups or in loops may create electromagnetic
Interference (EMI) due to induction. EMI can cause errors in data transmission over these cables. Cable Management can help segment and separate power cables and data cables to reduce the chances of EMI.
Improved maintenance and serviceability — easier access to internal rack components reduces maintenance time and improves safety.
Reduced cooling and airflow restriction resulting from poor cable placement — cooling efficiency within the rack is enhanced thanks to proper positioning of cables to avoid air flow blockage.
A roadmap for growth — effective cable management solutions provide the ability to scale and adapt to changes in the IT infrastructure while minimizing service time
Reduced time and chance of error for maintenance, troubleshooting and cabling changes.
Servicing network devices, as well as replacing and rerouting cables is unavoidable. To make this process easier, cable management should be installed to enable quick access to reduce downtime or outage.
Reduced cable damage due to improper bends, movement or sharp edges - installing cables will require the bending of cables in the rack. Cables also need to be protected wherever there is a chance of contacting sharp edges or high heat. This is especially true with power cables where damage can result in expensive downtime or safety concerns.
Areas to consider when considering cabling
1. Start with proper planning
Understand the cable and infrastructure requirements today, but also consider future growth. Once you have determined the amount of cabling required, you need to understand the IT requirements, infrastructure requirements, rack and network systems, and what additional IT equipment will be required around the building(s). This will then allow you to select the proper cable management components needed to properly secure all of the wiring and connections.
2. Keep growth in mind
Growth in an IT environment is a certainty. Planning ahead for additional cabinets, servers and network growth will reduce complications further down the line.
3. Change is inevitable
The rack and the IT systems within the rack will change configuration as a business grows, but with the proper installation of a cable management system, this will help reduce downtime and outage.
Good cabling and cable management is not only critical to reliability and good performance, but investing in a well designed, installed and furthermore maintained system will always pay dividends in the long run.
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