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The worst cable mess ever

We found this picture and couldn’t believe our eyes. This can’t even be called a cable mess. This is cable CHAOS.

Worst cable mess ever
“Hmmm… Where does this one lead…?”

Hopefully this isn’t your data center. :)

Not tired of cable messes yet? Want more? Then check out this excellent, but kind of scary collection.

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At least it’s uniform..

“Mess”, no, beyond “mess”. “Chaos”? No. It’s hardly stronger
than a mess. “Nightmare”? Yes, that begins to capture it.
Perhaps with a few more adjectives: Unbelievably outrageous nightmare
That’s more like it.

OMG it’s spreading! We’re doomed!

That is completely made of Awesome. You could hide the body of a consultant in that mess.

It’s rather a cable-mesh

the yellow cable is mine

Obviously the yellow cables are inbound links, the lemon cables are DMZ and the gold cables are from the serial annex. Sheesh, its as if you guys have never had a gay network administrator before!

Are we sure theres a data center under that? maybe its like a giant rubber ball except with cat-5′s

I swear this was servepath a few years ago

hey! I want my shagpile rug back! curse you!

Looks like inside of Apple’s OS

wholey shit

One word: Unforgivable.

Oh, and three more: I hereby resign.

I don’t see any cows, so why do we have straw bails in the middle of the data center? And would some one put the spooled up milking stool away before some one trips and breaks their neck!

Rofl i bet theres a colony of rodents living in side there

The Matrix has you…

“We have enough pasta… just need a little sauce!”

huh… ever heard of wireless fools!!!

reminds me of my days as a student network at michigan state university…

This has to be photoshoped… just can’t be real.

OMG! THE BLOB HAS GONE DIGITAL!!! Run teenagers, run!

nah, gay net admin would be sunbeam for inbound, mauve for DMZ and cornflower for serial

all I can say is
“welcome to the jungle, gets worse here every day…”

I really hope they have l3 switches that have decent management capability to show you what’s on what port….

I also wonder how close they are to the 100m limit just getting across the server room :P


@brooce: wireless is nice for an end user but not a data centre. Trust me.

And yes, I have heard of wireless fools. Seems like you are one of them.

Looks like someone is using too much iSCSI :)

Wendel Goldthorpe

January 28th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Hint: start using cables which are sized right for the job. 1/2 foot cables turned our racks into heaven.

They need the Blade!

This is pure Biltong….100% for sure. This is the machine that makes sliced cheese for burgers!

Looks alot like job security to me.

I agree, job security. Only the guy who wired it knows how it all works. Way to go, old school. Though it looks almost like that under my desk at home. Ah, old school.

Someone should hide a yellow egg in there for Easter.

God help the person who has to do a cable trace for a troubleshooting job.


And the first of the little pigs house was made of straw…

And here we have a close up of Cousin It’s mole…

“That is completely made of Awesome. You could hide the body of a consultant in that mess.”

I like the way you think.

Does the fact that I would love to organize that mess make me obsessive compulsive?

This is impossible, it can’t work.Don’t you see it? That yellow cable at the far end there is in the wrong place. Sheesh

I hate to be the one to say this, but it isn’t as bad as it looks. It looks on close inspection that the cables were set in layers, and that sets of cables are tied together. It probably doesn’t happen very often that a single cable needs to be replaced — you likely swap out a whole crate when something goes wrong, and then troubleshoot the part of the crate offline, while the rest of the cluster is still online — wheel it back in mostly wired, and then add the longer cables in. But it sure does look crazy!

Looks like a very square bale of hay.

Honestly, who designed this mess? There has GOT to be a better way. Although it does look pretty cool. Hope whoever hooked it up made no mistakes – debugging that would be a nightmare.

I’ll bet it looked great when the guys who did the structured cabling walked out the door. Not so good two days after though…

looks like noodles, Just add some spice and EAT them All.

James Newman – are you on crack?

I worked there last summer as a temp Rack and Stack Engineer. It’s a very large datacenter in St. Louis, Missouri. I believe the guys there called it “the wall if despair” I actually did some cable tracing.

That’s crazy I wanted to take a pic of it so bad, but if they even seen you with a cell phone in the Datacenter it was immediate termination.

may i have some bolognese with that?

This picture is of Lehman Brothers World Financial Center 3 data center. Pre 9/11 it was the primary Data center, post 9/11 this site was breached by the dust and written off completely. Which was a good thing since there was no other way to fix that mess. Days were lost just trying to trace a single connection. There is a smaller gray version of this wall one of the NJ data centers thats still in use. :(

If there’s a dead person under there you wouldn’t even find him!

name? you wanna name? Jimmy Hoffa! Howz that for name?..I’ll even tell you that he’s in still gotta find ‘im.

Good lord.. if there are servers or network gear behind that mess, I wonder how hot they’re running? There’s 0 air flow!!!

Go to, click on [funny pics] then [crazy wiring]. You’ll be there for ever…

It seems like a joke (just made to take this wonderful photo) …
because there is no cable mess in the racks standing deep in the room …
If this is real production conditions there must be enormous cooling capacities to cool down anything behind this yellow wall (if there isn’t – these cables would be black in a photo … after fire) :)

Cable D-37 has gone bad. Please find and replace it.

Eh, I’ve seen worse. Was asked to decode a hand – wired microprocessor in 1983 when I was a Mechanical Engineering Student at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Around this time, computer kits were your only option. Only slight regret I declined.

Stuart E Fiedler, PE
Fiedler Engineering / Consulting

It’s the “web”!

Jimmy Hoffa’s in there isn’t he?

My baby son loves cables…he’d go crazy in this giant playground ;)

u called this mess??…huh..wait till u visit our riser room…

In response to aliuxx’s comment, there isn’t a mess like this on the racks in the background because those are the back sides of other several-U-thick equipment with what looks like only power cables connected on that side.

hey bob,go buzz out the yellow cables in the server room for me……….

I dont think Ive ever seen this many cables! And certainly not in that state!!

haha that was really different :-) I thought that ny network center was the worst cable mess…no I am wrong :-) Thanks for sharing it

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