From overhead to under floor, there are a couple of different ways to conceal the cables in your data center. Here, we explore these options and the accessories that make life easier for data center managers.
Basket Trays, Fiber Troughs and More Ways to Hide Cable
Remember the plot twist to “The Usual Suspects?” OK, OK, we won’t spoil it for those who still haven’t gotten around to this 1995 film classic but suffice it to say sometimes the best place to hide something is in plain sight. This is especially true with the miles and miles of cables that run through your data center. You want easy access to them, but you also don’t want them in the way. You also don’t want them impacting your data center’s temperatures more than they have to.
With cable concealment, there are two main schools of thought: overhead and beneath the raised floor. It’s not uncommon to see data center managers eschew the raised floor option because they like to keep this area clear so that cool air can travel freely down below. Which brings us to overhead, the most popular option these days.
If you opt for overhead cabling, you’re going to need some accessories, plain and simple. Otherwise, you’ve got a tangled mess of ugly cables dangling from your ceiling and no one – the fire marshal in particular – wants that. Enter conveyance and pathway systems from our partners at Legrand, Chatsworth, Panduit, Cooper B-line and others.
Here’s what you need to know:
Basket trays: Contemporary data centers tend toward vertical solutions like basket-style cable trays for their support and grounding capabilities. Wire mesh trays will protect your cables while keeping your downtime at a minimum.
Ladder racks: When you need network cable drops and turns at unusual angles, ladder racks are the answer. They also help you run bundles between closets, racks and cabinets as well as along walls.
Fiber troughs: Made from steel and PVC, fiber troughs can handle your heavy cables, making them the heavyweight champions of the cabling world.
At Instor, we not only design, but also install protection for your structured cabling with support from ladder racks, cable trays and fiber troughs. When you’re ready to explore our solutions, get in touch with us or learn more about conveyances and pathways here.