This Is How Your Server Room Should Be!

A few days back I posted a story on worst server rooms. I think now it is time to share with you how a server room or data center should look like. I don’t know if these examples are practical or not but sure they look very beautiful. They surely reflect upon the personality of system administrators. This structured and neat cabling looks very professional. I would love to have a data center like this. I guess my hosting company sees this and follow to reduce the downtime.

another patch panel from another ISP

Fiber optic panel

neat rack with orange cables

Orange Cables neatly comming to patch panel

patch panel for an ISP

Patch panel with cables in datacenter

server rack from behind

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58 thoughts on “This Is How Your Server Room Should Be!”

  1. Just a FYI. Most of them are comms cabinets not server cabinets – very different beasts when it comes to installation. Plus, even the server cabinets aren’t correct – not a single one of them could be pulled out on their rails without having to be disconnected first. Also, pic 4, that power lead just dangling there is atrocious, that lead will fall out very easily, and then your cabinet cooling is gone.

  2. While they may look pretty they are still forgetting one key factor. There is no labeling to be found.
    So when that bumbling idiot replaces a piece of hardware and just disconnects everything you have no clue where it goes.
    All cables should have two labels on them. What they connect to, and where they are going. Saves so much time down the road.

  3. That’s just the back of some patch panels. They all look like that, if a competent cabling contractor was used. Show us the front where the patch leads are, I bet it’s a lot messier…

  4. I remember working for Siemens GMBH.

    With no exceptions to the rules, all cabling had to be like this.

    If both ends of the cables are not marked, you will have hell finding and replacing the cable.

  5. Replace all zip ties with Velcro and then we’re talking. I have to admit though, that makes the network I manage look like a disaster.

  6. All NEW server racks look like this. Lets come back in 5 years when thre have been things pulled out and new things installed. When a cabinet is hooked up the first time it should always look this nice.

  7. I have always done installs in this manner – It is the standard for competent contractors. Where it gets messy is when people want more installed after initial installation…

  8. Estimated time for single cable replacement: 72 hours.

    Estimated time for new cable run: 3 days.

    Amount of time spent trying to appease some anal retentive IT manager with excessive use of zip ties: priceless.

  9. NO!!.. this is bad.. really bad.. it takes really long time to look for damaged cable.. and it took longer time to open the ties.. replace the cable and to re-tie the cable..

    Stupid work.. actually

  10. I actually used to do this on HP Cabinets with at least 14 DL360G5 or G6′s and one day had a bad cable on a customers cabinet!

    Finding the cable wasn’t hard due to proper tagging on both ends, like someone said, where does it go to and what is it for is a must!

    Also, you can’t pull out the server unless you unplugg it, so servicing on site is a no-no.

    Looks beautiful but its such a waste at the end when you have to undo half of it to get but one damn cable. Although if isn’t marked, its no biggie, there’s tools for pinging a cable and finding it that was as well.

  11. using zip-ties is a bad idea it doesn’t comply with telecom standards, people forget they sell management wracks

  12. Some of those drive me crazy just looking at them. They look nice and all but all those zip ties are a pain in the a** if you ever have to trace out a cable or add a new one. Is it really necessary to put a tie every inch? I can make a rack look just fine without that many ties and it will be much easier to work with in the future.

  13. c’mon guys I’m working as a IT engineer and we are doin better job then this Couple things: 1. this is new instalations and cabinet dressed like this are standard now 2. this cables are inside cabinet so after instalation and test they should be working for ages without touching them and seeing them often 3. work like this you can be eazy mest up by shi.. pached cable on another site of the panel and i’m telling you good paching is the key

  14. The few server racks they show are tidy but in most enterprise environments most servers have at least three network cables and two power cables. One of the racks shows this but it has it’s switches mid rack. Looks to be a drop in rack for a remote site and they don’t have a large presense. Defective cables are a breeze to resolve. Cut the end near the closest tie or a bit beyond it if you want to hide it and run a new patch. I prefer velcro as adding a new patch is much easier. A proper cable manager on the side keeps future cabling clean and helps keep different sized servers from screwing up your plans.

  15. while i agree that in the perfect world servers or networking equipment should be cabled neatly and labeled properly. In the real world this is an indicator of bad management (system admin with too much time for a simple task)

    If you are running a business you are doing so to make money, while i understand that this ends ub being more efficient fore maintenance and cooling it eats too much time.

    (witch is a very scare resource in the IT industry)

  16. That’s ridiculous. If neat cabling is a priority with management, it’s a small matter to hire someone to handle it.

  17. Audio technicians have been doing that kind of wiring for decades. I laugh when I see the work of most data wiring. Good to see IT is finally catching up – must be the work of an old audio installer!
    Looks nice

  18. Look good, but is impractical.. in you schema if you need to do ANY maintenace on a server you need to disconnect from the network..

    What’s the reason to have all devices hot plug if you have to disconnect the network anyway ?

    Same for the patch cord, instead of the white one time use only clips, why not using the black one that you can reopen ?

  19. I love those server rooms they are quite clean and well managed. It is really necessary that the wire/cables that connects to the server should be managed properly. This is helpful in many ways like if something goes wrong then you will know which cable is where and even during maintenance. Thanks for sharing it.

  20. Yes they are pretty photos but that’s where it ends.

    Not only is this practice VERY time consuming but in this day and age of technological advancement, it is much easier to follow your diagram of the infrastructure you’re setting up or upgrading, assigning your port routes, labeling BOTH ends of cable ( and not at the ends but about 4 inches from the end ) and making sure you’re running sufficient amount of cable.

    And for god’s sake, ENOUGH with the zip tie’s….Shows incompetence, lack of control and just plain OVERKILL!!!!

  21. Its very clean and nice looking…like my last to last employer. It is realy a lesson for others who r in this field.

  22. Those all seem to be the back of the patch panels and they should look well groomed, however I didn’t see any front pictures of the patch panels where all the actuall patching happens.

  23. I agree with Patrick.

    Been there, done that, all for none. Nice looking pictures and good enough to impress the boss. What happened to the cable slack?

    Give it a few months and it will start becoming the former self. Imagine replacing a faulty cable six months later, cutting off the cable ties and unraveling the looms, in order to remove and replace the faulty one.

    Imagine the poor technician that has to replace a faulty switch in a year’s time.

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