I just have to sit back and marvel at man’s utilitarian ingenuity, like the
lowly, but infinitely flexible, paperclip. Or better yet –
duct tape – that indispensable staple of the handyman’s tool box. Google “uses for duct tape” and you’ll get
results including 47 Survival Uses
for Duct Tape,
15 Sneaky Duct
Tape Hacks for Better Health and 69 Techie Uses
for Duct Tape.
Engineers and techies, it seems, have a special affinity for the stuff. Re-bind
your manuals, use it for cord management. I’ve even heard of folks wrapping
their wrist in a duct-tape splint to protect against carpal tunnel.
here’s the thing; for all its ingenuity, we all realize deep down that a
makeshift duct tape
fix is temporary.
And that, my friends, leads us to the data center—and a far more serious
discussion about your cabling strategy.
data center either is or will soon be at a critical crossroads. Research shows
I/O capacity in the data center doubles about every 24 months. That means more
servers, switches and storage
all of which must be connected to
each other. How you decide to make those
connections—point-to-point cabling or structured cabling—can have a huge impact on your overall
productivity, operating expenses and capital expenditures.
you need to connect a server to switch in a traditional point-to-point cabling
design, you run a direct long cable from one to the other; ditto when you need
to connect the switch to the device. It’s easy as long as you just have a few
servers, switches and devices. But, like a duct tape repair job,
it’s not a permanent, long-term fix.
the growth in the number of network nodes accelerates, the growing tangle of
cable becomes a recipe for disaster. The efficient handling of moves, additions
and changes becomes next to impossible, and should a node go down, good luck
trying to locate the cable that feeds it. This is
why DC standards don’t recommend a point-to-point approach; they
do, however, recommend a structured
cabling provides a tidy, elegant solution that’s easy to manage and maintain. It
designed to scale as you grow, no
matter how big you get. While point-to-point provides an easy duct-tape
solution, structured cabling is a permanent solution that can carry you well
into the future.
has created a
short entertaining video that explains the basic concept of
structured cabling and how it supports growth in your data center. VIDEO
download and read CommScope’s new white paper,
, where we share what we’ve learned as an industry leader
and contributing partner with most of the world’s major standards bodies. Who else better to keep you ahead of the game? Datacenter cabling design fundamentals