We currently have three cabinets that over time have turned into a spider web. These racks host
- Servers (power an ethernet connections in the back).
- Network switches, Firewalls, Routers etc. (all have power interfaces in back and networking in front except for the routes that have both in front).
- Metered PDU's. We can use either horizontal or vritcal.
What we need is the ability to add and removed hardware as needed without having to re-do everything. Over all we have three cabling issues.
- Power cables. The servers all on AC power and with both Horizontal and vertical PDU's it's been a challenge to keep the power cables in order. We found horizontal PDU's to be a bit harder to work with.
- Cabling from the front of the cabinet to the back. This is has been one of our bigger challenges. When we first set up the cabinet everything was neat and nice but as we added and removed servers it became a nightmare. Because of the airflow of the switches the ports are in front (facing the cold isle). We need an way to "transport" the copper cables to the back of the cabinet and then to each server. I was thinking of something like the "neat patch" (https://www.networkcablesonline.com/neat-patch-np2-cable-management-bay/).
- The last item is cables between cabinets. We need to have a way of easily sending cables between all three cabinets (for instances copper or the switch VC cables).
As mentioned above the most important is for us to be able to add and remove over time without having to re-do everything.
The cabinets are in a data center so I am limited on what I can do there. I can't use any cable management out side of the cabinets.
Below are pictures of the current implementation.
This is the newest cabinet. As you can see there is a cut out should we want to pass cables between the three cabinets. We need some sort of system that will allow us to easily add and remove cables.
This is what a current cabinet looks like. We like the horizontal PDU's however as you can see it takes up the entire side of the cabinet. If we do it on both sides (A+B power) how will we manage Ethernet?
This is the same as the above cabinet. As you can see we have "cable management" for network cables on the left. If we were to put power there how would we manage Ethernet (as you can see how it is a mess)?