Douglas Alger from Cisco published a new blog post on May 11 entitled “I Saw What You Patched Last Summer.” The blog post takes readers to Cisco’s Crazy Cabling Contest video, where contestants were asked to share photos of the most disorganized, “rats-have-obviously-nested-here” cabling within their server environments.

The video takes you through a series of “OMG” cabling shots. I have personally seen similar examples of crazy cabling through the years. I often wonder how these situations ever get this bad.

Could this have been avoided? Is this the result of sloppy people or poor design? In either case the end result is a mess.

One of the cool things about CommScope’s new InstaPATCH ZERO Server Cabinet Solution announced on May 10 is that crazy cable is eliminated by the new solution’s design. Developed in conjunction with Rittal Corporation, InstaPATCH ZERO’s new cord cassette technology keeps all of the server cabinet’s cables and cords stored neatly on day one and every day thereafter – all by design. So, if you want to avoid the cabling nightmares shown in Cisco’s video, consider using the InstaPATCH ZERO Server Cabinet Solution for your next data center build-out.

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Jim Hulsey

Jim Hulsey is the Manager of Education Services at CommScope. Jim has held positions in Product Management, Solutions Management, Global Marketing, Regional Marketing, and Strategic Marketing with AT&T, Lucent Technologies, Avaya and CommScope.

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2 comments for "Cisco’s Crazy Cabling Contest"
Todd Stratton

JIm, Great / funny video. Great solution. Todd Stratton

Jim Hulsey

Hey Todd, I am amazed every time I see these images. It is hard to believe they actually exist but over and over again we see that they indeed do. I cannot help but wonder what the poor souls that manage these networks must think when they have to make a change. The "great" thing about our new InstaPATCH ZERO Server Cabinet Solution is it eliminates the possibility of one of these nightmares and makes the life of the user so much better. Thanks for the comment. It was great hearing from you. I hope all is well. Jim

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