Unravel Your Server Rack Power Cable Mess

Posted by Gaw Technology on 2/12/2013

Let’s say your data center experiences a power problem. How much time and effort would it take you to track down the faulty power cord? Would you have to dig through a tangled mess of crisscrossing cables? 

Cut Clutter Now to Cut Downtime Later

The idea of organizing your data center is most likely not at the top of your priority list, but putting aside some time now to organize the power cords in your server racks could saves you hours of hassles and headaches later.

As an IT professional, you’ve made a significant investment in your data center. It’s one of the most valuable assets of the company. So to maximize its value, extend equipment lifetime and simplify management, it is crucial to keep your data center in pristine condition.

Here are a few steps:

  • Label both ends of your power cables to make tracing failed cords much easier. Labeling also simplifies the process of loading balance power between different power distribution units (PDUs), circuits, or power supplies.
  • Run power cables to the edge of a server rack or switch rack to eliminate clutter. This is especially convenient should a failed power supply require replacement. The type of server racks, data cabinets and shelves you have determines whether you should use vertical or horizontal PDUs to route and manage your power cords with tidy ease.
  • Color-coordinate your cables to ease troubleshooting and relocation. 
  • Detangle your power cords to prevent overheating of your equipment, which may lead to both failures and fires. A mess of cables prevents cooling fans from doing their job of expelling the hot air away from the racks.
  • Strip out the nonessential cables.

Contact Gaw Technology to take the next step to an organized, efficient data center.   

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