IT Disaster Of The Week (03-06-20)

Cabling Tim Sauer Mar 6, 2020
Tech Service Today IT Disaster of the week photo of network cables managed with masking tape

Today's photo caption: Our top advice for avoiding sticky situations like this? Don't use masking tape to manage your network cables! 

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 week.

When you've spent as many decades in the networking industry as I have, you get to see some really bizarre (albeit creative) things some people have used to manage/bundle their network cables when zip-ties and VELCRO® weren't available. I've personally seen kite string, carabiner clips, rubber bands, sections of clothesline, a cardboard toilet paper roll, and even a dirty, frayed pair of shoe laces used to bundle & clean up cabling cobwebs. But this is the first time I've run across masking tape.

The most tragic part of this week's IT disaster is not that someone used masking tape on their cables, but that they didn't restore any more order to this rat's nest than it had without the tape. If I had any hair left on my head, this image would make me want to start pulling it out. (Fortunately that ship has sailed.)

Far too many IT professionals who set up small office networks like the one shown here don't use any cable management solutions because there are so few cables connected to their hardware that they don't think they're necessary. But guess what? Small networks often grow into much larger ones. And if you don't employ best practices for managing your cables starting on day one, you won't reap the long-term benefits far into the future.

Sure, you can always ignore our advice and forego using any cable management solutions. But if you choose that path, please don't ask us to help you explain to your boss why a picture of your company's network showed up in a future edition of TST's IT Disaster of the Week blog.



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