Cable Colors

I opened a ~100k square ft DC in 2001, and it is still immaculate (i'm
not with the company any longer btw), for one very simple reason... Its
someones job. All the guy does is run cables, if anyone brings in their
own cable, it gets immediately unplugged and cut in half (not kidding,
its happened). All cables are labelled at each end, with hostname/patch
panel/switch-m-p info, so at any point you can reference the run. When
you make it someones job, they can take pride in it. If you have a guy
who has 10 other things to do, being tidy will end up low on the list...

The mucky mucks toured the Data Center and were very impressed, then
they asked the facility manager how long they spent cleaning up. The
answer was simple, "It always looks like this."

My advice to anyone with a large facility. Hire someone who does good
work, pay them well, and give them your confidence to do the right
thing. Don't depend on NE's, or SA's to keep it tidy, because honestly,
there will come a time when they have bigger fish to fry.


Ah yes, the 'purple wire' technique.

I forget which book it's mentioned in, but it had to do with really old
wire-wrapped computer boards. If you had to put in such a 'hack' wire,
you did it in purple so it would stand out.

-- jra