7 Best Practices for Simplifying Data Center Cable Management

Feb. 1, 2019
Experts provide seven best practices for good data center cable management, as well as examples of how DCIM software can help you achieve then in your own environment.

Data center cable management is often considered a problem reserved for network engineering teams, but bad cable design can wreak havoc across your entire enterprise.

“Spaghetti” cabinets and other symptoms of ill-considered cabling make it more difficult to complete equipment installations, troubleshooting, and maintenance. They can create an unsafe operating environment for your equipment by restricting airflow to racks, trapping dust, keeping cables warm, and making it impossible to understand at a glance how your devices are connected. Bad cable management practices can even hinder modern data center environments from adapting to new technologies like IoT and big data, provisioning IT resources on demand to support business innovation, and utilizing data center capacity to promote scalability, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.

More organizations are recognizing the importance of good cable management for modern data centers. As a result, they are investing time and resources in the planning and implementation of their network infrastructure. Yet, despite improvements to cable design and installation, many still struggle to instill good data center cable management behaviors across their environments. What they need is a data center tool that can decrease the complexity of cable management.

That’s where Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software can make a difference. In this eBook, Sunbird Software has compiled seven best practices for good data center cable management alongside real-world tips from our experts and examples of how DCIM software can help you achieve them in your own environment.