As discussed in Part 1, a data center provides networking, data backup, disaster recovery, cloud storage, computing power, and testing capabilities. Part 2 will discuss Structured Cabling, Cable Choices, Wire Managers, and Positioning.

Structured Cabling

Running point to point, conventional cabling directly connects hardware by utilizing jumpers or patch cables. Differing in approach, structured cabling deploys a series of trunks or patch panels that connect to hardware. These patch panels then link to another patch panel within the Main Distribution Area (MDA), the nerve center of a structured cabling system. MACs (moves, additions, and changes) at the MDA can be accomplished with ease by using short patch cords.

Cable Choices

Common industry wisdom recommends using a combination of copper and fiber optic cabling. Copper cables are much less costly, but they are heavier than fiber optic. Fiber optic cables provide significantly greater bandwidth, are heat resistant, and ease ventilation and cooling in data centers.

Wire Managers

Horizontal wire managers allow the proper routing of patches and cords, decreasing cluttering of cables. They come with various features and in a variety of sizes. For a cleaner look for your data center, select a horizontal wire manager with a door and cover to conceal cables.

Vertical wire managers provide support for cables through spools and waterfalls. Be cautious when choosing a vertical wire manager’s size. Best practices would be to select one with a depth between 4 to 10 inches and a width of 10 inches, allowing adequate space for future expansion.


Experts note that lighter cables are often installed at the bottom, and then heavier cables are mounted above them. Unfortunately, this places significant tensions on the lighter cables. Thus, lighter cables should be positioned above the larger, heavier cables.

During the design phase, it is crucial to ensure that the positioning of underground and overhead supports is well planned prior to installation. Doing so will allow cables to be better routed in the data center.

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