The beauty of organized cables

The blog Royal Pingdom knows how to make an Unclutterer’s heart go pitter patter. Their post, When data center cabling becomes art, sent me into a blissful tizzy gawking at the well-organized cables. Swoon. Here’s a teaser to entice you to click through to the site:

Photo courtesy of Jef Newsom

14 Comments for “The beauty of organized cables”

  1. posted by Josephine on

    Wow! indeed.

  2. posted by Niels K. on

    I do not want to be the guy who has to replace a cable if one is broken

  3. posted by Pixel kid on

    It may look nice but it’s not a good idea to do it over anything more than a short distance as it creates crosstalk between the cables. To prevent this you need to set those bad boys free and let them criss-cross like crazy :p

    Does look cool though! And yeah just try having to replace one of them!!

  4. posted by Bill on

    “Crosstalk” is unlikely to be an issue as Cat 6 cables are pretty well shielded.

    Most of the data centers I’ve been in (Yahoo!, eBay, Oracle, Extreme Networks, Apple) have data centers that look very similar to that. Cables run through conduits in the ceilings and then across ladders and down the sides of the racks. If a pro data center *didn’t* look like that, the cable contractors should probably be fired :-)

    Oh, and I believe I recall Yahoo!’s cables being purple :-)

  5. posted by sunsail on

    Wow… i showed this entry to my bf, and he almost wet his pants in awe. He’s a network architect… :)

  6. posted by Jesse on

    Amazing, but to really appreciate it you have to have seen how much of a rats nest this can really look. The place where I used to work was a perfect example of bad cabling. None were the right length, none were tied together, and all were different colors.

  7. posted by Lynoure Braakman on

    Beautiful now, however I can imagine the swearing that will take place if one of those cute blue cables will need to be replaced. Sometimes I feel there is no winning when it comes to data center cabling…

  8. posted by Tim on

    The bundles look a bit too tight. You should be able to insert a pencil into a bundle in order to be to spec. And as the others have said, have fun clipping all those zip ties when you have to add/replace a line.

  9. posted by Jez on

    Flawed Beauty.

    PS – 3 links to the same place in one article of ~50 words?!

  10. posted by Patrick on

    Yup. This is bad bad bad. It looks like it was done by an amateur trying to be professional. Bundles are too tight, you can’t trace a cable without cutting zip ties, and yea, zip ties in general are bad. I work on Wall Street (in networking) and while I don’t ever actually touch a cable, our electricians never cable like that. Everything is relatively loose. Pretty cabling is nice until you have to replace a switch that takes up half of a rack and can’t get the cables back in place.

  11. posted by russ on

    This looks like the “back side” of a rack….nothing ever changes here, all the patching is done on the otherside

  12. posted by Spencer on

    Long-lines. Tut-tut. Patch panels in each rack should be the norm.

  13. posted by michele on

    I would love to see the FRONT side of these racks!

  14. posted by EngineerMom on

    It’s pretty amusing to read the comments here, as they’re pretty much the same as the comments throughout the source website!

    Long story short:
    1. Cabling should be neat.
    2. Crosstalk is not a huge issue if you use properly shielded cable.
    3. Zipties come in a variety that allows you to release them, so you don’t have to cut them.
    4. As long as the zipties are loose enough, they are not going to damage the cables.
    5. Labeling cables at source and destination should be sufficient to allow for fast and easy replacement when necessary.
    6. Restringing the cable may sound like a time-consuming process, but the reality is that far more wasted time comes from attempting to find one’s way through a rat’s nest or bad case of spaghetti.

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