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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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71 comments
marc11
marc11

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.

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marc11
marc11

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. http://alquilerdeyatesenibiza.com

sathyavpk
sathyavpk

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

sathyavpk
sathyavpk

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

Georgie Diggins
Georgie Diggins

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

dags
dags

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

Anonymous
Anonymous

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.

cableguy
cableguy

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

Tom
Tom

My baby son loves cables...he'd go crazy in this giant playground ;)

Zed
Zed

Jimmy Hoffa's in there isn't he?

SEFPE
SEFPE

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

Acme
Acme

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

aliuxx
aliuxx

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) :)

Pete Mc
Pete Mc

Go to darkroastedblend.com, click on [funny pics] then [crazy wiring]. You'll be there for ever...

Shannon
Shannon

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

the cableGuy
the cableGuy

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

Uncluttered
Uncluttered

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

Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson

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. :(

eny0
eny0

may i have some bolognese with that?

Eric Howse
Eric Howse

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.

Dan Z
Dan Z

James Newman - are you on crack?

ghpk
ghpk

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

Pete
Pete

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...

Zoey
Zoey

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.

blackbeard
blackbeard

Looks like a very square bale of hay.

James D. Newman
James D. Newman

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!

boaby
boaby

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

Ellynn
Ellynn

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

Ami
Ami

"That is completely made of Awesome. You could hide the body of a consultant in that mess." I like the way you think.

It
It

And here we have a close up of Cousin It's mole...

Little Pig
Little Pig

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

Fishhhook Snook
Fishhhook Snook

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

Mr. Snail
Mr. Snail

Someone should hide a yellow egg in there for Easter.

lestranger
lestranger

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.

greenmankc
greenmankc

Looks alot like job security to me.

Richie Rich
Richie Rich

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

Trevor
Trevor

They need the Blade!

Wendel Goldthorpe
Wendel Goldthorpe

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

Bill Brasky
Bill Brasky

Looks like someone is using too much iSCSI :)

HappyPanda
HappyPanda

@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.

blas
blas

ITS PROBLY TELSTRA LOL

bofh
bofh

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

joe snuffy
joe snuffy

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

Betz
Betz

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

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