Cabling infrastructure is the lifelines of your IT operations, it is the backbone of IT Infrastructure and connected devices. These cables handle critical data that must stay up and running, any excessive stress on these critical connection paths can have result in unscheduled downtime to correct which very costly and unacceptable to business.
The IT system is a mission critical element to our business, downtime of a rack or connected devices is costly to any business, any size.
As data usage by businesses and their users increased, so do the; power requirements, cooling needs whilst facilities and IT managers are targeted with cost reductions in energy efficiency, increased uptime, efficiency, and space saving with future growth to consider.
A well-designed structured cabling system, and more importantly Cable Management Solution increases uptime, scalability and return on investment while simultaneously decreasing your technology footprint and operating expenses.
Disciplined Infrastructure Cable Management
Those involved in with designing, implementing, building and managing and IT Infrastructure or data centers are trying to identify ways to be more efficient and lower TCO while still maintaining maximum availability on an ever growing and demanding data requirement. Designing and deploying disciplined infrastructure cable management to support an infrastructure, will help reduce scheduled downtime when infrastructure upgrades, changes or improvements are made.
The Importance of Infrastructure Cable Management
Cable Management is key to ensuring the high levels of performance that IT systems requires to maintaining high availability, scalable and efficient network whilst minimising downtime, but often overlooked.
Key Benefits Of Cable Management
Reduce downtime on Mission Critical Infrastructure
- - Maximum Uptime: Adding new hardware takes far less time. Since the cables are neat and installed in an orderly manner there is less confusion. It is less likely that the wrong cable will be disconnected during moves, adds and changes
- - Better understanding and easy access to not only the cables but the devices and hardware that they are connected to
- - Improved maintenance and serviceability — easier access to internal rack components reduces maintenance time and improves safety
- - Cable damage due to improper bends, movement or sharp edges resulting in cabling being changed
- - Increased time and chance of error for maintenance, troubleshooting and cabling changes
- - Inability to make changes to equipment blocked by cabling without creating an outage
Maximise Return On Investment
- - A Cable Management Systems and cabling will last multiple generations of infrastructure hardware, and over time a will:
- - Reduce system operational costs, including heating, cooling and power
- - Reduce installation and maintenance time. Allowing for more efficient changes and upgrades
- - Increase system availability, addressing and reducing time required for moves, adds and changes to infrastructure
- - Maintain business continuity by minimizing sources of failure, possibility for errors and danger of cabling being inadvertently removed incorrectly
- - Improve Efficiencies and TCO on the network
- - Security of cabling, addressing the risk of theft or tampering
- - Implementation quicker
- - Cooler performance: cooling and airflow efficiency within the network, the rack and around the infrastructure is enhanced thanks to proper positioning of cables.
- - Reducing carbon footprint: increasing data centre efficiency helps reduce carbon footprint and achieve energy efficiency targets and reduce cost
- - Well designed Cable Management reduces signal interference due to improper placement of data and power cables
Design and build for stability and future infrastructure
- - 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
- - Scalable and optimise space; Designed and deployed to be future-proof
- - Reduce deployment risk on future hardware
- - Addressing increasing trend of high-density port count solutions have become more common, especially when considering future proofing the IT infrastructure results it complicating adding or removing cables connected directly within the network solution
- - Development of higher speed technology has resulted in the development of greater diameter cabling, resulting in larger cabling being deployed that previously used
Today’s high-density rack-based IT server and switching installations provide higher and higher levels of performance and capacity. But with this growth of capability come a parallel growth of discrete data communications and power cabling that must be managed within the confine of these tightly spaced rack and Cable Management Systems. Improper cable management can result in cable damage and failure. This can lead to data transmission errors and performance issues as well as system downtime.
There are two basic types of equipment within the rack, server cabinets and network cabinets, they have similarities and differences with specific cable management needs that must be addressed to minimise impact to the business and the users.
Cabling architectures and the supporting Cable Management Solution lay the infrastructure foundation for IT networks which are commonly overlooked, physical layer connectivity is a necessity that requires careful planning and consideration when choosing a cabling architecture and the full Cable Management Solutions.
The Cable Management has a direct impact on the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a network and users. Factors such as white space dimensions, power/cooling capacity, anticipated growth, performance and downtime need to be considered when designing an implementation or upgrade of an infrastructure.