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 This project also forced me to update several out-of-date diagrams and charts that are used for managing the network.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!
4 thoughts on “All Tied Up with Cables!”
Thanks! We worked hard and were really happy with the results!
Awesome job! I'm winding up for a rack cleanup project of my own, just waiting for the new colored bulk cables to come in (no more 6 color rack when 3 will do), then it's ciao spaghetti-fest! I can't wait
Dang! What a awesome job. Way to go! Why Friday, April 1, 2011? April fools joke? Was that a before and after pic or after and before.