Why Your Data Center Needs Cable Management


Proper cable management is essential for any business’s cable setup and installation. By efficiently managing your cables and hardware, you will also be able to increase availability for maintenance and scalability. With organized cables, it ensures a clean, efficient, and safe environment.

What is Cable Management? 

Cable Management determines how a cable network is set up. This means how you route, maintain, and support your cabling setup. Essentially, cable management is the organization of your cabling and connectivity hardware in a way that makes it easy to identify components and troubleshoot problems. This makes future upgrades and repairs effortless while keeping your IT spaces clean and professional. 

What is Cable Management Used For? 

Cable management is used for organizing and securing cables to improve the overall aesthetics, safety, and functionality of various setups. This includes small and big data centers, industrial environments, home entertainment systems, and more. Effective cable management prevents tangling, reduces the risk of damage, improves airflow, and enhances the aesthetic appeal of a space. 

By making individual cables more accessible and identifiable, it simplifies troubleshooting and maintenance tasks. Ultimately, it contributes to a more functional workspace. 

What are the Advantages of Cable Management? 

For businesses of all sizes, cable management provides many advantages. The key benefits of cable management are: 

Improved Airflow

Overheating can be a significant issue if cables block air circulation. Cables that are properly managed will prevent cables from obstructing airflow. This reduces cooling costs and prevents overheating issues, which can be crucial for maintaining optimal performance and longevity of electronic equipment

Easier Troubleshooting

With organized cables, it makes it easier to identify and address issues that may arise. This reduces downtime and minimizes the risk of human error during maintenance.

Enhanced Computer Performance

When cool air is able to freely circulate within your cable setup, it helps to regulate temperatures and enhance computer performance. 

Improved Safety

Loose or tangled cables can easily become a danger, especially in high-traffic areas. With proper cable management, it reduces the risk of tripping hazards, accidental disconnections, and electrical fires. 

Clean Aesthetics

Neatly organized cables contribute to a clean and professional appearance. This is especially important in visible areas such as office desks, home entertainment setups, and professional environments where a clutter-free look is ideal.

Reduced Downtime

Well-organized cables allow you to easily troubleshoot network issues, which leads to improved workplace productivity.


Organized cables make it easier to identify and access individual cables for maintenance and upgrades. This is important for environments such as data centers or server rooms where quick and efficient access to cables can reduce downtime.

Performance and Reliability

Cable management minimizes the risk of physical damage to cables, which can lead to signal degradation or loss. When minimizing this risk, the performance and reliability of your equipment improves.

Optimized Space

Managing cables effectively can save space, making it possible to fit more equipment into a given area. This is particularly important in data centers, server rooms, and other environments where space is at a premium.

Ease Of Use

Tangled and unorganized cabling leads to stress and decreased efficiency at work. To prevent simple tasks from taking too long, it is important to organize, tag, and label the cables with their purpose. 

Cable Management for Data Centers

Cable management is important for data centers because it ensures optimal performance, safety, and reliability. By preventing overheating and facilitating efficient airflow, an organized cable setups allow you to reduce the risk of hardware failures and downtime for your business. 

It also simplifies maintenance and troubleshooting, which allows technicians to identify and resolve issues within the setup. With proper cable management, it makes it easier to upgrade or reconfigure the data center infrastructure as needed, therefore enhancing scalability. Overall, effective cable management is essential for maintaining the efficiency and longevity of data center operations.

To properly manage your cable setup in your server rack, here are some tips to consider: 

  • Plan Appropriately For Cabling Installation
  • Determine Where You Will Route The Cables 
  • Color Code Your Cables For Identification 
  • Label Both Ends of Your Cables 
  • Route Cables Through The Rack Side
  • Route and Retain Cables 
  • Secure Cables and Connectors 
  • Prevent Heating Issues
  • Document and Maintain Organization
  • Plan For Future Expansion
  • Select Products Compatible With Your Setup 
  • Avoid Tangled and Messy Cables 

Essential Equipment For Server Rack Cable Management

Cable management accessories handle small or large bundles of cables for networking and telecommunications equipment mounted in a server rack. Here are 7 essential server rack cable management accessories that you may find useful: 

1. Horizontal Cable ManagerA horizontal cable manager organizes and secures your cables within a server rack. They are hollow tubes with openings to thread cables through and are positioned in between two units of IT equipment. This allows you to route cables from vertical cable managers on the sides of a rack, or routed into the equipment above and below the horizontal cable managers.

Horizontal Cable Manager
Horizontal Cable Manager with Cover

2. Vertical Cable Manager – Vertical cable managers can be vertically mounted on either side of a compatible rack since they have openings on both sides for entry and exit.You can organize, manage, and protect network cabling in telecommunication rooms and data centers. To keep the cables in place, you need to use zip ties or velcro® cinch straps. For your convenience, all of our vertical cable management bars feature areas to attach zip ties and velcro® straps when securing or grouping cables. 

Vertical Cable Manager
Vertical Plastic Cable Duct With Cover

3. Cable Management ArmWhen connecting cables to equipment on a sliding rail or shelf, a cable management arm is beneficial for most sliding equipment (rack shelves and rails). It manages cable slack when extending and retracting. No matter how far it extends, a CMA helps you route cables so that there is adequate slack for the rail or shelf.

Cable Management Arm
Cable Management Arm


4. Patch Cable Organizer – Patch cable organizers often have cables running to one another in a close distance. Rather than buying 6 inch networking cables, a patch panel organizer allows you to properly organize and hide excess cabling. 

Patch Cable Organizer
2U Horizontal Patch Cable Organizer

5. Offset Cable Tie BarsAn offset cable tie bar manages excess cables, but are mainly used for distributing weight more effectively. You can place them in between IT equipment while only using ⅓ of a rack U space. The L shaped flanges are for tying down cables without having to wrap them up and risk cable damage. The holes all across the cable tie bar are also beneficial for velcro straps to keep the cables organized.

Offset Cable Tie Bar
Horizontal Offset Cable Tie Bar

6. Cable Management TraysA cable management tray is beneficial for routing large bundles of cables across a rack while not necessarily needing to connect them to equipment in that rack. It does not have openings at the top and bottom to route cables through. Instead, the cable tray acts like a bridge to carry cables across the rack and comes with holes to secure cables onto the tray with zip ties and velcro® straps. 

1U Cable Management Tray
Cable Management Tray

7. VELCRO® Cinch Strap VELCRO® straps are ideal for cord management, bundling, and securing your cables. This hook-and-loop strap is reusable, strong, and cannot be over-tightened to the extent of damaging your cables.

VELCRO® Cinch Strap
VELCRO® Cinch Strap

RackSolutions Cable Management Accessories 

The ability to easily access cables, troubleshoot the network and hardware, and perform basic tasks is one of the many reasons why cable management is so important for businesses. Both small and large businesses will be able to smoothly run, have fewer outages, and less maintenance and repairs.

If you need cable management accessories, feel free to contact us. We provide cable management solutions that will help you manage cables and optimize the airflow throughout your rack to ensure an organized operating environment. With our high-quality, in house manufacturing, you can be confident that you are buying the best equipment possible for your data center or home office!

Cable Management: FAQs 

What is the difference between a Patch Cable Organizer and Plastic Horizontal Cable Manager?

The main difference between using a Patch Cable Organizer and a Plastic Horizontal Cable Manager is that the Plastic Horizontal Cable Manager requires more rack space to be taken up. Patch Cable Organizers reduce cable slack, and they need somewhere to store that slack. Our Patch Cable Organizer stores the slack within the rack, meaning that it takes up some of the area that would normally mount equipment.

Do I need a cable management arm?

Cable management arms are recommended on most sliding equipment because they help manage cable slack when extending and retracting. The arm allows users to route cables so that there is adequate slack for the rail or shelf, no matter how far it extends.

What products are essential for managing cables?

No matter what, you will want to have some sort of horizontal management bar to organize cables coming out the back of your equipment. After they are routed into your horizontal bar, they likely will need to enter a vertical bar to route up or down the rack. Keeping cables managed with this simple method allows you to alleviate any airflow restrictions while making specific cables easier to find.

Why Your Data Center Needs Cable Management
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Why Your Data Center Needs Cable Management
Cable Management is the process of setting up and managing a cable network. This includes routing, maintenance, and support of your cabling setup. It is the organization of your cabling and connecting hardware that allows for easy component identification, troubleshooting, future upgrades and repairs to be performed with ease while maintaining a clean and professional IT environment.
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