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comment Structured Cabling Server Racks
Just to double check, I've never actually done this before so little uncertain - cabling from the back of one patch panel, to the other back of the next patch panel is possible? Anything to watch out for, take extra care with?
Jul
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comment Structured Cabling Server Racks
In your experience, what sort of failures are the most common in this sort of setup? The last thing we want to do is introduce problems into a environment that has been rock solid but messy as hell. I mean no cables tied down, they are just hanging there from switches to servers but as most would agree, it's a disaster waiting to happen.We are thinking of putting in approximately 2 48 port patch panels into racks 2 - 5 which will be more than enough for our usage now and for the foreseeable future.
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comment Structured Cabling Server Racks
The SAN will be iSCSI (Equallogic)
Jul
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comment Structured Cabling Server Racks
We were thinking more along the lines of having the SAN units in the first rack, so all the wiring for each and multipath can be done there and then just patch each server in. If I think about it it does seem like it will be a very neat solution, but again as some answered it does add failure points etc... Thanks for the comments and suggestions. It really does help! :)
Jul
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comment Structured Cabling Server Racks
We did consider leaving or rather moving switches down to the middle of the rack, but as I've mentioned on a earlier answer is that the main reasoning for going for the patch panels is that we'd be installing two SAN units with multipath and I don't want to imagine the cabling mess that will create over five racks.
Jul
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comment Structured Cabling Server Racks
Great, thanks for the tip. Our colo provider has decided to run cabling above the racks so I'll definitely keep the panels up there... on my very primitive sketch I didn't add the cable management bars but we plan to get them in there as well.
Jul
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comment Structured Cabling Server Racks
Thanks for your comment and I agree, having the patch panel does somewhat add additional failure points that would need to be investigated if for example a server lost connectivity. We currently have quite a few cross connects, and will be deploying two SAN units with multipath... that is the main reason why we are considering going down the patch panel route.
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