At home, with few cables, it becomes so difficult to understand the connectivity or to identify which cable is for which purpose. We can imagine how difficult it would be in big organizations and data centers with lot of servers and computers to maintain.
Many don’t even think it is necessary or might be in their least priority list. But a network administrator or the one who looks into the issues knows how important cable management is. There has been a lot of stuff written about cable management and one can imagine how much value cable management can bring. Let’s see why it is important.
- Ease of use: Well, this is a major benefit. When in a large organization or a small use at home, if the cables are neatly arranged it is always easier to identify in case of any faults. Otherwise it could take a lot of time just to analyze which cables are used for which purpose. One way to manage them is to use the color codes which indicate the actual purpose of the wires. There is standard color notation used worldwide. Using few of them could save a lot of time and improve efficiency of work.
- Safety: Here we are considering organizations where there will be a lot of cables to manage and if not organized properly there could be chances of fire or people tripping over. This may sound silly to some, since we imagine only a few wires lying around. It is very important because overlapping wires if not maintained and organized properly can lead to sparks and further damage to the cables.
- Troubleshooting: Well, this is the most obvious reason because checking on data cables is the first step in any troubleshooting process. That should not be a complex process with dozens of wires entangled with each other. One should be able to check for the connectivity easily.
- Air flow: We need to manage cables in such a way that air flow to our PC’s is not restricted, which can be hazardous for the device. Obstructing the air flow decreases the life of the device.
While it is so important, let’s see what can be done to manage them effectively.
- Labeling is a very effective way in which we can handle different types of cables. It helps us in identifying issues faster and makes the area look clean.
- Bundling is also another way in which we can group excess cables together. Many companies order cables from third party sources and it may not always be as per their length choices. Bundling can save the space and the mess around the extra length cables.
- Cable management system provides many arms, racks, bars of many sizes and shapes. Utilizing them effectively can save a lot of space and makes organizing easier. We might need to invest some time and money initially to analyze the needs of the organization and procure the racks as required.
These are few benefits of effective cable management and few tips on how to use them effectively. We need to make sure of few other things while using cable management. Cable ties are the easiest way to manage the wires, but we need to ensure that they are not squished by tightening them too much. Also, we need to take care that the wires are not too bent that they lose their signals. We need to consider them while using fiber optics or copper wires in a network.
There are many cost effective ways to manage a lot of cables effectively using cable management. With little research and understanding of the need, it can be tailored accordingly.
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