In this highly technological era, there is a need for data centres and server farms to cater to a large number of users and their huge data requirements. Data centres and server farms involve warehouses of equipment such as servers, storage devices, racks and miles upon miles of cabling to keep all these devices connected to each other. With the amount of cabling present, server administrators need to utilise proper cable management. Cable management involves organising loose cables by tying them together into neat bundles, using cord identifiers to differentiate between cables, using mounting clips to safely attach cables out of the way or using cable worms to gather cables into a large bundle.
One of the primary reasons cable management is important is because of health and safety. Loose cables around a workplace may cause tripping hazards to clients and employees, leading to slips and falls. Tripping on a cable may also cause it to be pulled out of a socket, damaging equipment or creating sparks. Tangled and unorganised cables are also likely to spark and cause a fire hazard.
Another reason cable management is important is to create an efficient working environment for administrators so that they can easily differentiate which cables connect where. Not doing so could waste a lot of time for administrators and cause unnecessary frustration as they have to trace cables to their source, one cable at a time. A quick run-through with cord identifiers and cable ties could save administrators large amounts of time and frustration in the future.
Aesthetics are also important in the workplace, a neat and tidy workplace leaves the impression to clients and employers that the people working in the environment are organised. A pleasing environment can also increase comfort for employees and result in higher work efficiency as simple tasks such as replacing a cable could be done much faster and more efficiently.
Finally, the driver of all business decisions – cost. Well organised and maintained cabling leads to less wasted cable lengths, saving costs as cables are most commonly priced according to length and a maximised cable length results in efficient spending. Cable life expectancy can also be increased as loose and piled-up cables can lead to sagging and damaging of cable connectors as cables are pushed and pulled out of position. Well organised cables will mean there is less need to replace damaged and crushed cables frequently.
Cable management is an important part of the workplace. It brings tangible and intangible advantages with it, from saving costs to being able to attract more customers because of a good impression. With the simple act of organising cables, a better workplace can be created.