Today, it’s hard to escape the cord clutter that threatens to overtake every room. The problem is especially prevalent in data centers. In a professional data center, it’s imperative that you keep cables neatly organized, route them efficiently, and protect them.
Due to the large quantity of cables in a data center, organizing them is not a simple task. Installers and integrators are looking for any edge that will simplify this process or to make it more user-friendly for future revisions. An example of a time saving fastening and organization solution can be found with hook and loop cable ties. Here are our suggestions for using hook and loop cable ties in your data center organization.
Data Center Organization Using Hook and Loop Cable Ties
Reevaluate Current Data Center Organization
Before you can successfully tackle data center organization, you need to take stock of your current cord organization and remove or replace cables as needed. Check to see If there are any cables that are no longer in use, then remove them to make the cord routing less congested. If you need new cables to replace damaged or outdated ones, now is the time to do so.
Furthermore, if you can think of a better way to route your cables — even under your floors or through the walls — you can make that switch now. If any cables are too long or too short for their purposes, swap those out before continuing with data center organization. Also be sure to label all of your data cables prior to routing them. Some integrators use label printers, while others have started using unique hook and loop cable ties like the SPEEDWRAP® Writable Surface Tie.
Use Hook and Loop Cable Ties to Organize Groups of Data Cables
Data center organization should streamline your existing cabling structure. To prevent the confusing, frustrating, jumble of cords, organize similar cables into groupings using hook and loop cable ties. The hook and loop technology represented with reusable hook and loop cable ties makes it easy to remove, migrate, and replace cables or a bundle of wires.
Color Code Your Data Center Cables
Using different colored hook and loop cable ties allows installers to identify the various types of cables. Being able to identify types or sources of cables, at-a-glance, is key for data center organization. As an IT specialist you also need the ability to quickly and easily separate cables when the client needs you to troubleshoot an issue.
You can color code by each cable’s function or even by the type of connection. Color-coded hook and loop cable ties are also useful for designating between primary and redundant power sources, which any data center organization should accomplish. Some integrators and installers prefer color coded hook and loop cable ties over adhering printed labels each cable.
Use Custom Printed Hook & Loop Cable Ties
Want to use pre-marked straps and ties on your cables? Does the client or installer want their name on the cables throughout the data-center? Custom printed hook and loop ties and straps are the solution.
Use Hook and Loop to Secure Cables to Components
You can also use hook and loop cable ties in data center organization to physically mount cables to the racks themselves. For example, you can secure a SPEEDWRAP® Brand Cinch Strap with Grommet to the side of the rack and then bundle the appropriate cable with this reusable strap.
Start Your Data Center Organization Today!
With so many varieties of hook and loop products available from Speedtech International, you are sure to find the perfect hook and loop cable tie solutions for your data center organization needs.
To learn more about data center organization using SPEEDWRAP® & VELCRO® Brand hook and loop products, contact Speedtech International today by calling (866) 427-1456, or by visiting www.speedtechinternational.com.