This month, one of our data center projects was to clean up the mess of cabling that had gotten out of hand after years of adds, moves and changes to switches and other equipment. I find it interesting that with so many wireless devices around and so much talk of using virtualization and the cloud, we still spend so much time tangled in cords and cables! Cable management can often be a challenge and this had become downright embarrassing. Here is a before picture:
Everything is labled and color coded for ease of use. And we were lucky that all of our servers, appliances and services were powered on and returned to service without much trouble. This project also forced me to update several out-of-date diagrams and charts that are used for managing the network.
While it was a crazy weekend with our own version of a “spaghetti western”, the end result was well worth it!