Welcome back to Tech Service Today's IT Disaster of the Week series where we showcase the ugliest IT environment our technicians ran into this past week. Since Spring officially began on Wednesday, we featured this environment as a reminder to start your spring cleaning.
Someone recently told me that it's not as important as I lead people to believe (in this blog) that every network rack and server cabinet must be meticulously clean, with every cable perfectly dress & organized. To their surprise, I actually agreed with them. It is not necessary for every network to look like a Facebook or Google data center.
However, even though the "network" shown in this week's disaster is in a small, industrial retail facility in a rural location, I still can't imagine any IT professional looking at this mess and deeming it acceptable. They must have watched countless episodes of Hoarders until they could look at this and honestly think "that's no so bad."
It wasn't until our Technician dug down to the bottom of this disaster that he realized there was a router, a switch, and some other IT equipment buried under these cables. In other words, every effort to troubleshoot this network or perform what should be simple moves/adds/changes will always take 2-3 times longer than it would if this mess was organized.
So what's our rule of thumb for how clean your IT environment should be? Let's say that if you have to spend more than three minutes digging through cabling just to gain visual access to your electronics, then you need to do some cleanup.
And with the season of spring finally upon us, it's the perfect time for every IT professional to find the IT disasters like this in your facilities and start doing some spring cleaning. In fact, you may be surprised at what you find. It's like my mother always told me: "You never know what you have until you clean your room." So get cleaning!
Check back every Friday for TST's latest IT Disaster of the Week photo
which represents one of the thousands of customer sites our technicians visit every year as they install and service IT, networking, and telecom equipment & cabling for our clients.
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