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When data center cabling becomes art

We have posted pics of some truly messy data center cabling in the past, but this time we figured it was time to do the opposite: Show how some people have managed to organize cables into something close to art.

Artful cabling 1
Courtesy of Digital:Slurp.

Artful cabling 2
Courtesy of ChrisDag.

Artful cabling 3
Courtesy of mbm3290. Swedish colors! How could we NOT include it?

Artful cabling 4
Courtesy of mmayo.

Artful cabling 5
Courtesy of Jef Newsom.

Artful cabling 6
Courtesy of Precision Fiber Optics.

Artful cabling 7
Courtesy of tim d.

Artful cabling 8
Courtesy of Network1 Cabling. (We’re not sure this is practical or not, but it LOOKS impressive…)

This post is dedicated to Daniel Norman, cable guy extraordinaire at Loopia.se. ;)



166 comments
Kevin McGee
Kevin McGee

To me pictures 3,5,6 are using twice the amount of tywraps needed to get the same work done. Less is better uniformity works better. You spent the time on it to be pretty lose half the tywraps save time and money. Keep tywraps loosened next time u won't need Velcro. I am a life long cabler and this is everyday work for most of us guys.

powerndata
powerndata

Structured cabling should have the look, feel and support of the colocation provider offering. The offering should meet or exceed the proposed design and implementation specifications and be provided directly by the colocation provider. We must employ the most experienced techniques and use the highest quality equipment to provide top-class service and outstanding quality.

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Alshamrani
Alshamrani

The real ART is when we find a way so that we do not need all this wires !!

Kevin Martin1
Kevin Martin1

@jim Ever hear of cat5e/cat6?  Limited if any crosstalk

network cabling
network cabling

That is impressive work. The only one I see being an issue is the one with the tywraps. The tywraps should not be that tight. You should use velcro instead.

network cabling
network cabling

That is impressive work. The only one I see being an issue is the one with the tywraps. The tywraps should not be that tight. You should use velcro instead.

DragonSEO
DragonSEO

very beautiful.Streamlined and innovative

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buy my car

Wire is often reduced to the desired diameter and properties by repeated drawing through progressively smaller dies, or traditionally holes in draw plates. After a number of passes the wire may be annealed to facilitate more drawing or, if it is a finished product, to maximise ductility and conductivity.

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Wire is often reduced to the desired diameter and properties by repeated drawing through progressively smaller dies, or traditionally holes in draw plates. After a number of passes the wire may be annealed to facilitate more drawing or, if it is a finished product, to maximise ductility and conductivity.

kenzie73120
kenzie73120

To help organize and make your cables look like a piece of art use any color and length cable tie to create these designs with your cables. http://www.securecableties.com/Cable-Ties/ has many different kind of cable ties to chose from! The prices are pretty good too!

marc11
marc11

Well looks pritty impressive, just think of the massive alien crosstalk and FEXT. Shame the engineers that install the "media" aren't payed like the rest of the I.T. trade. A complete injustice, when in the UK we have to compete with bored chippys, trying their luck at another trade (it's just a cable, pull it harder!!!) and sparkies(two core and earth, where does the orange and green wires go?)and migrant cowboys under cutting British engineers and doing a bad job at it. Like our trade isn't suffering as it is already More recognition is needed for sub contractors as it's us that do the majority of the networking donkey work.  http://www.alquilerdeyatesenibiza.com If it wern't for us comms (cable monkeys) engineers, nerds would have no communictaion media as that's below them to install cabling!! I mean how many MCSE or Cisco engineers have ever been cable monkeys.

marc11
marc11

Well looks pritty impressive, just think of the massive alien crosstalk and FEXT. Shame the engineers that install the "media" aren't payed like the rest of the I.T. trade. A complete injustice, when in the UK we have to compete with bored chippys, trying their luck at another trade (it's just a cable, pull it harder!!!) and sparkies(two core and earth, where does the orange and green wires go?)and migrant cowboys under cutting British engineers and doing a bad job at it. Like our trade isn't suffering as it is already More recognition is needed for sub contractors as it's us that do the majority of the networking donkey work.  http://www.alquilerdeyatesenibiza.com If it wern't for us comms (cable monkeys) engineers, nerds would have no communictaion media as that's below them to install cabling!! I mean how many MCSE or Cisco engineers have ever been cable monkeys.

Himan10
Himan10

woW I wanna use this =P

Himan10
Himan10

woW I wanna use this =P

mitch_bartlett
mitch_bartlett

"That looks great and all, but I'm sad to inform you that the entire 9th floor now needs to be connected to the DMZ."

mitch_bartlett
mitch_bartlett

"That looks great and all, but I'm sad to inform you that the entire 9th floor now needs to be connected to the DMZ."

sofia
sofia

:O i'll jammed my head if i have to do it everyday. it look like mess but its an art. and extremely hard work for a cable man. guess what if any of those cable damaged.. can't think of it.

Christine
Christine

Wow Amazing. Very artistic patterns. Thanks for this post.

data center
data center

WOW, those are some extremely clean cabling!

Zart
Zart

They are well organized, I think it takes much time to arrange cables at that way..

JK
JK

Good luck when it's time to move a cable for troubleshooting.

Mike
Mike

Wonder how anal the person was who did that and how long it took. Not bad at all, just the most organized, well kept set of mass cabling I've ever seen in my life.

Zer0
Zer0

Quality, I could do with them in my server room

JAB_au
JAB_au

If only my cabinets could look that good.

It's so...
It's so...

It's so beautiful. You never see server racks that organized!

Leprous
Leprous

Wow. What a great resume those pics would make. Awesome!

kakday
kakday

amazing.... thanks for you sharing.

jim
jim

Ever hear of crosstalk? looks nice though.

Kemal Sunal
Kemal Sunal

Wow! These photos are extremely impressive.

Jim Smith
Jim Smith

This isn't art, it's quality workmanship. That's something that's rapidly disappearing from the world. Mostly becaue no one knows how or even cares.

CSS Gallery
CSS Gallery

Wow its so clean looking its almost like artwork!

Festus Ayileka
Festus Ayileka

This cabling picture take me back to when am working as Computer Engineer under Central Bank of Nigeria, Ibadan branch at Information technology Support Office,Since believed that am still going to work in my career here in America, because I like to be seen nice Computer/ Networking Engineering job established.

Bob
Bob

last image the innerduct is not protecting the fiber. Should have used an armored fiber in the data center. Also, OM3 'aqua' 50/125 micron fiber. Where is the rear cable management in the last image? Not much vertical management in majority of images. You call yourself cable installers? Well I ain't buyin'! Just kidding. Bob :)

irldexter
irldexter

Except for the lack of labels the first image reminds me very much of a Cisco EMAN POD.

jeffrey Wells
jeffrey Wells

It looks organized... not good. It should be seperated into groups of 24 at the point in leaves the ceiling or floor. Velcro should have been used as well. You need to see real professionals work, that would blow you away.

Centraltech
Centraltech

Great shots, The last place I worked had different coloured patch cables ranging from top to bottom - it looked like a rainbow on its side!

mr chau
mr chau

i hope you guys got paid by the hour, not by the job.

BBR
BBR

The server patchcables look really nice, however the network cabling looks kinda sloppy in the last pic. Nylon wraps are actually good for up Cat 5e or less. Also if the installation is certified, you won't have a cable go bad so you don't need to worry about removing those tie wraps. A properly done installation will run properly until it is outdated and needs to be replaced anyway.

Patrick Dillon
Patrick Dillon

Wow! These photos are extremely impressive. Just goes to show you what some network cables and cable ties can do.

AKTRE
AKTRE

The fourth picture, second group of cables, has a cable out of order. It ruins the whole scheme.

DavidN
DavidN

Although impressive artistically, I wonder if all that time and effort bundling would be better spent elsewhere, and instead consolidating cables and connectiors into loose tubes, larger jackets, and connectors like an MTP, which can provide up to 72 fiber connections in a single point.

Imran Karim
Imran Karim

Wow, what a stylish design of Data Center Design, I really like it.

Backgrounds
Backgrounds

Thats pretty impressive, just think, my dedicated server looks like that. COOL!!

Attila Gardos
Attila Gardos

I have never seen such precision work in cabling! Great!

Kevin McGee
Kevin McGee

To a real cable guy this is every day stuff they just added pretty lights. Pull three times that and call me!

Kevin Martin1
Kevin Martin1

@jim Ever hear of cat5e/cat6?  Limited if any crosstalk

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