Effective cable installation and management
Technology is slowly becoming the heart and soul of every industry. The growing demand for digitalization in the IT industry has increased the need for data centres and, eventually, an increase in thermal efficiency through effective cable installation and management.
Effective cable installation and management involve planning, organizing, and implementing strategies to ensure that cables are installed neatly, appropriately labelled, and easily accessible. Hence, it’s essential to use appropriate cable routing and bundling techniques, select suitable cable types and lengths, label cables for easy identification, and secure cables to prevent damage or interference. Regular maintenance and updates to cable management systems are also essential to ensure they continue to function effectively over time.
Choose and install the correct cable
The cables for IT passive networking help in data transmission within the network. Hence it forms an integral part of the IT networking ecosystem. Structured cabling has become popular for interconnecting various active devices. The following are the passive components commonly used in structured cabling during IT networking.
- Copper cables are used for connecting a PC to a network switch.
- Patch cords connect with RJ-45 connectors installed at both ends.
- UTP patch cord connects Face Plate with the network port in the PC.
- Optical fiber cables transmit data through light.
Once the correct cable is installed per the requirement, the cabling infrastructure needs to be managed efficiently.
Cable management and customized solution
To effectively manage the cable, it is essential to understand the cable routing before installing and organizing them. Cable routing depends upon how the cables enter – from the top, bottom, or through the racks. Usually, a server rack empowers this routing process with a cable management rack and bar through which all the cables pass.
For convenience, Netrack came up with a solution to segregate and group the cables to create a compact panel. This can help to manage a substantial quantity of cables and reduce complexity. In addition, Netrack also offers customized cable management solutions to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Effective cable installation and management: It’s possible
The following are the ways through which an enterprise can install as well as manage cables to meet the data center requirement.
- Before cable installation, it’s essential to plan the cables’ route. This will help to determine the necessary materials and tools and minimize the number of cable cuts and splices.
- Labelling the cables will make it easier to identify them later. Coloured cables are a great solution in this aspect.
- Cable ties are an inexpensive and easy way to organize cables. They can bundle cables together, keep them neat, and prevent them from becoming tangled.
- Cable trays and raceways are also excellent options for cable management, as they protect cables from damage, keep them organized, and ensure easy access if maintenance is required.
- Keeping cables separated will help to prevent electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). It’s also essential to separate power and data cables, as the electrical fields generated by power cables can interfere with data cables.
- Overloading outlets can cause safety hazards, such as electrical fires. A power strip or uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to distribute power to multiple devices can be used to avoid overloading outlets.
- Cable management software is available to track the cables, manage inventory, and plan future cable installations.
The followings are the products and solutions Netrack offers to enhance the effectiveness of cable management.
Universal Cable Runways: This forms a vital part of cable management of horizontal and backbone cables in IT infrastructure. They are modular and made of high-strength and low-weight steel tubes. They come with accessories and preconfigured Runway kit to ensure easy installation.
Universal Runway – Patch Rack: They are designed to mount patch panels on the runway in server rooms, data centers, and labs.
Vertical and Horizontal Cable Organizers: They are designed for low and medium-density cable management, and horizontal ones are specifically for high-density applications.
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