Best Practices for Data Center Cabling & DCIM Software – Part 2
As discussed in Part 1, DCIM (Data Center Infrastructure Management) software can significantly simplify data center cable management, which is becoming increasingly complex. Part 2 will cover Cabling Installation Documentation.
2) Cabling Installation Documentation
Cabling installation documentation can be challenging, particularly for deployments that were carried out many years ago. In many cases, cables were unlabeled, and the team that performed the installation can no longer be consulted. As a result, MACs (moves, additions, and changes) are more difficult to carry out, leading to longer downtimes and more economic losses. When cabling and equipment were added, poor documentation practices typically continued, compounding the problem.
The goal of cable installation documentation is to accurately record the components installed, so the data can be communicated clearly to technicians who will be performing MACs in the future. Information recorded regarding installations includes types of cabling and connectors, cabinet elevations, and the number and locations of power and data ports.
DCIM software eases cabling installation documentation because it can capture the cabling component information during the design process. Using DCIM, a visual diagram can be created that displays the ports that will be used for a device and which ones will remain available. This can be all done virtually, conveniently, and efficiently because your physical presence will not be necessary for making a manual count of these ports.
Circuit trace diagrams provided by DCIM software can also show from origin to termination the hops in a data or power circuit. Details for each connection are also available, easing the identification of a single point of failure and reducing the time required for troubleshooting. The floor map will also help your team visualize connections between device ports and patch cords of a structured cabling system.
Organizations that use a color-coded labeling system for cable management can use DCIM software for recording, storing, and visually displaying this information. In addition, a MAC being planned can be virtually displayed by diagrams generated by DCIM software prior to implementation.
Part 3 will cover Accurate Cabling Measurement and Precise Installation Instructions.
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