The data centre is the heart of your business, and it's of vital importance that it's always functioning as anticipated, as so many things in a business are dependent on being connected at all times. For some, the data centre is just a tangle of cables that requires that an electrician is being called just to work out which cable leads where when there's a malfunction. To make your data centre easily maintainable while functioning in top condition at all times, there are a few guidelines you can follow.
Data cabling is a logical process if you put down some work to keep it accessible. The first thing you need to keep in mind is to have your cables cut at an appropriate length. It might seem like a basic task, but it's easy to think that it won't matter if one cable is a metre or two too long, but if it starts to add up to many cables that are too long, it can become rather complicated. To avoid creating a mess, you should also make sure to label your cables as consistently as possible. Knowing what every cable leads to just by looking at it can save you a lot of time when trying to find a malfunctioning component, and by saving time you'll also save money. You could also colour code the cables being used for a specific purpose. Just make sure you only have one colour for the same type of cables, as it will have the opposite effect of making things easier otherwise.
Testing every cable
When you create a new cable to add to your data centre, make sure to test it properly. Hopefully you've bought high quality cables that don't give off a bad test result before you even get a chance of using them, but if your cables give you a bad test result, even after you've terminated them, just trash them. Malfunctioning cables that can't perform up to standard is nothing you want your company to depend on.
Separate the cables
You should also make sure you separate the network cables from the power cables. The power cables can affect your network cables and cause them to function poorly or not at all. Furthermore, you should make sure when designing your data centre that both of these cable systems, as well as your server's rack, is kept as cool as possible. This is to prevent overheating, which can cause disastrous consequences that can force you to trash your entire system and start all over again. For more information or advice, contact a company such as One Step Ahead Communications.