Server rack cable management: The essentials

Cable management in a server rack is something that might be overlooked because it isn’t necessary for basic functionality. Still, what it can do for you is save money, time and make your rack look professional. All that’s in the way of having an organized server rack that looks great is learning the best methods to route and store cables.

Planning your cable management  

It’s best to have an idea of where your cables will be routed before installation and organization. If you connect cables before you decide to organize them, you will more than likely need to remove them all and restart.

Cable routing will be different depending on where the cables are coming from and entering. This usually means that cables will be entering from the top, bottom, or connecting within the rack.

Patch panels usually connect to thick network cables that run through the ceiling, so you’re going to have a harder time fitting them into the sides of racks. A solution for this is to hook and loop tie all cables going to one panel and then running patch cables through a Horizontal Cable Manager.

When connecting cables within a rack, it’s a bit more simple to run cables down the side of a cable management bar. In this case, you will have hook and loop or zip ties to keep all cables held against the bar.

Either way, the main idea is to keep cables tied together that run to a similar place. You want to make groups of cables compact and keep them out of the way of places that need to be accessed.

Tips to make things easier 

Now that you know what you need to manage your cables, here are some helpful tips for Rackmountsales to pull it off.

  1. Measure connection distance so that you don’t waste money and space on excess cables.
  2. Color code your cables. This will help you differentiate between different types of cables.
  3. Label both ends of your cables. This helps you know where exactly they go / what they’re being used for.
  4. Route all cables through the sides of the rack. This is why cable management bars exist. Keep cables out of the way of things that need to be accessed.
  5. Plan to expand. Chances are your setup will grow if it isn’t full already. It’s often cheaper and less time consuming to plan ahead.
  6. Use cable combs. They keep groups of cables organized and stop them from overlapping on each other.

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