OK, I'm by no means a seasoned networking pro and I had no say so in the design of our current server room which is in dire need of an extreme makeover. Basically, in our server room we have 12 wall plates with 4 RJ-45 ports on each - 48 total RJ-45 ports. From these 48 ports is a spaghetti bowl of network cables feeding our servers located in a rack - there is no patch panel currently, just straight from the wall jack to each server. We really don't have the funds to mount the patch panel and have it fed directly from the switches in the telcom closet which is several hundred feet away.
What I was wondering is, is it feasible to mount a 48 port patch panel in our server rack and feed into this patch panel from the wall jacks (of course nicely routing this cable through some new cable trays)?
Current: Switch (Telcom Closet) -> Wall Jacks -> Servers
Proposed: Switch (Telcom Closet) -> Wall Jacks -> Patch Panel -> Servers