Category Archives: Best Practices

Don’t Rely on Cable Labels

Say you need to go and investigate a switch port with a connection issue in a Telecommunications Room and you are told the cable is labelled with far-end termination details.  (Hopefully!) When you arrive at the switch, it’s no surprise that the label has slipped into the veritable rats nest of cables, or even worse, it has fallen off and is sitting on the floor with at least a dozen other homeless cable labels. You start thumbing through the cables trying to identify its correct path and follow the cable all the way down the line to determine where it terminates.  Success!  You eventually get to the other end of the cable and notice it has a loose connection.  You reseat the connection and “Voila!” the problem is fixed. Or so you think. Continue reading Don’t Rely on Cable Labels

Tracking Passive IT Infrastructure

Are you tracking your passive IT infrastructure assets?

Comprehensive IT infrastructure management includes tracking both the active and passive* components.

Active equipment, from a documentation standpoint, is much more likely to already be tracked within an organization’s property system.  Active devices are typically much more expensive, and as such are afforded a spotlight in most IT asset management planning scenarios.  For the purpose of thorough infrastructure documentation, however, passive equipment shouldn’t be left behind.

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Consistent Identification Standards: Exactly how important are they?

Managing cable plant is simplified with consistent identification standards for rooms, racks, panels, faceplates, and network hardware. It is best practice to use the recommendations outlined the EIA/TIA606B naming standards guide.  Using this approach to identify hardware, ports and cables throughout the cable plant infrastructure helps to easily pinpoint a device’s location and connection during maintenance or in emergency situations.

As an example,  a faceplate may have a structure similar to:

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