Unfortunately, there are many network engineers out there that are happy to let their communications room cabinets look like world war three. The cabling is often left tangled and badly maintained. Over time this will reduce the quality of service that the data cabling is able to provide. Simply throwing cables together without organising anything is certainly quicker but it will only cause you problems in the future. |
Leaving data cabinets in this state is extremely dangerous. The level of cabling can become a fire hazard in itself as well as various trip hazards for your engineering team.
I have come across many cabling cabinets that have been neglected for far too long. On average for an office of one hundred people, the server cabinet will have approximately 100-150 cables going in and out. One of those cables will be your incoming Internet Service Provider (ISP) broadband line. If you leave your cabinet in a mess, one little tangle could disrupt your entire office and dramatically decrease the level of efficiency.
It is so important to have you cabling correctly installed and maintained. There are many businesses in the UK that specialise in Data Cabling Installation and Management with most of them offering free estimates and consultations. There is certainly no harm in having a chat!
Another great example of poor cable management and communications neglect usually occurs in schools and educational facilities. I was once part of a team that was tasked with re-working the cabling structure and private networks for a secondary school in the UK. The poor cabling management had led to two private network becoming linked. The staff and pupil networks had been connected with one another as a result of the cabling structure and installation.
Over the course of a school term, the students were able to gain access to restricted files on the once secure staff network as well as have access to folders, unrestricted websites and confidential material.
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