Fun with Cable Management and Next Week
By pmonday on Mar 02, 2007
If you're following along on the tour, you will know that it's those macro pictures and pictures that are just a little different that get first class treatment on the blog! Today's interesting shots...cable management!
There are always questions from folks about where all of the cables get stuffed, how the cables move through the container, how a network should be cabled, etc...
The way things are now, many of the networking decisions are really part of how you, the customer, configures your particular container. In many cases, your normal data center practices may be sufficient. There are basically 8 racks of equipment with 40 rack units, add in batteries and account for some equipment and you have around 36 to 38 usable rack units. You'll probably have two network cables per system. Some configurations you may have a network switch on each rack, other configurations perhaps you cable everything back to a massive enterprise switch in the control rack.
When you tour the container, you will want to look up, where you'll see this:
The cabling between racks or back to the control rack with networking gear goes up to the ceiling and down the length of the container. The rack itself has an articulated cable tray (just learned that term myself) that allows the rack to be pulled in and out without the cables being crimped or pinched.
Basically, its like a big chain with a tray in the middle that you bundle the cables to. When you roll the rack out, the tray extends and the cables roll out nicely. When you roll the rack back, the cables remain in place so that they don't get crimped or pinched!
The GPS is telling me (and you) that we are well on the way to New York's Grand Central Station! I know the streets of San Francisco were a tight pinch, I'm curious where they are planning to park an 80 foot semi in New York!