Server Room Cabling: The Best and The Worst



These images been around the web before, but I just rediscovered some examples of both good server room cabling, and bad datacenter cabling.

Data center cabling is really an art. It takes some time to get the network, power,and other cabling organized but worth it in the end. The benefits are more than aesthetic, good cabling improves airflow, cooling, and reduces problems with plug dropouts. Not to mention that good labeling helps in troubleshooting when an issue does arrive.

The Good

More of The Best

The Bad

more of The Worst

And The Ugly

via Pingdom


More examples of good/bad wiring:

http://www.ixibo.com/index.php/2008/09/24/is-this-your-server-room/

http://royal.pingdom.com/2008/01/24/when-data-center-cabling-becomes-art/

http://www.ixibo.com/index.php/2008/09/29/this-is-how-your-server-room-should-be/

http://royal.pingdom.com/2008/01/09/the-worst-cable-mess-ever/

http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2007/03/really-bad-wiring-jobs_20.html

http://www.vibrant.com/cable-messes.php

Before/After Photos of Bad Cabling Fixing

Datacenter Best Practices

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  • TheFix

    I mean honestly, what is the yellow wiring image? That is one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen, and definitely looks photoshopped, but I know it’s not.

  • TheFix

    I mean honestly, what is the yellow wiring image? That is one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen, and definitely looks photoshopped, but I know it’s not.

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  • Amazing pictures, haven’t seen such thing ever.

  • Bjoorn

    Back in the old days when creating a cluster computer network you had to make sure every CPU is connected to each other with the same length of cable. This often resulted in above image.

    Boy am I old :)

  • indeed what a great pictures!