Data Center Cabling Masterpieces

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Having built many a PC in my day, I have a tremendous appreciation for cable organization done right. Generally, I think most data centers are organized halfway decently, but there are quite a few examples out there that are truly hideous. The gallery below should provide a little inspiration for anyone with a bag full of zip ties and a desire to keep things neat. In fact, the blend of colors, clean lines and the layouts come together in such a way that it could almost be considered art. However, the image after the break is a completely different story.

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Cabling Disaster:

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brokenmachine
Broken Machine

When I got to my current job, apparently the owner had done all of the "IT" work. He didn't know how to properly crimp a cable (he cut the jacket too short and nullified the built-in strain relief), and he was colorblind, so some of the trickier pairs (blue with white and green with white most often) where interchanged.

Howver, he did find a use for the retention tab on the RJ45's....apparently, you could just hang a switch by the wires and it would not go anywhere. Who needs a cabinet or a wall mount?