Managing High-Density Cabling in Rack Environments

I think it’s safe to say that cable clutter is a major problem in most data center or server room rack environments, but how do we fix it?

First, let’s talk about how cables get to the rack. If you have a raised floor, it may seem convenient to route cables under the floor and bring them through the bottom of the rack. The problem is that most people use that under-floor space to route cold air when using a hot-aisle, cold-aisle setup. Cables are not only going to block the flow of cold air, they’re also going to reduce the efficiency of our cold air delivery system another way by causing leaks where they come up through the floor. So if you can avoid routing cables under the floor, that’s what you want to do. [Read more…]