Network Communications News (NCN) September 2016 - Page 36

S P E C I A L F E AT U R E cable management & labelling Fully operational The amount of cable used within a data centre is substantial. Mike Irvin at HellermannTyton examines the requirements of today’s data centres, how cable management plays a key role and addresses the issues that impact operational effectiveness. T he data centre has become the heart of many businesses – without it everything stops. Maintenance, management and design are crucial in keeping services running, providing support and creating capacity. A high performance data centre relies on a number of key components; power, cooling, hardware, infrastructure and cable management. Demand led As the demand for data centre capacity continues to increase, so do the internal demands placed upon it. However, with increased capacity arise a number of issues that all impact success, profitability and productivity. These include data storage capacity, installation speed, and the age old dilemma of cable management. In previous years, the role of cable management was to ensure electrical wiring in a building was safely contained. However, with the rapid and continual evolution of networks, fibre optic capabilities and the need for greater storage, cabling must form an IT network that can protect data and provide sufficient performance. The need for speed One of the foremost requirements of any cutting edge data centre is speed. From initial installation through to supporting the network usage, each element needs to be taken into consideration and the quicker the infrastructure is up and running, the quicker the data centre is ready for use. In designing and implementing high density networks, many data centres and data reliant businesses want systems that provide reliable performance, greater bandwidth and flexibility to accommodate future growth. However, they don’t want to 36 36-37 Cable Management – HT.indd 36 26/08/2016 15:04