Data centre cabling is a critical component in keeping modern business operating smoothly. Whether your servers are in house or located in a specialist facility, the cabling is a crucial element in ensuring fast, efficient access and business continuity.
ACCL has years of experience working in data centre cabling, ensuring optimum speeds, minimising potential disruption from physical issues within buildings and planning for business continuity in the face of technical problems or physical disasters. From a single server, to racks, rooms or dedicated facilities, we can help to plan and install data centre cabling to the highest standards.
The key to data centre cabling is to work with the overall topology of your systems to meet data capacity, physical distribution, security and health and safety requirements, while building in flexibility for expansion or reconfiguration.
When cabling a specialist data centre, TIA-942 Data Centre Standards describes the requirements for the data centre infrastructure. From basic Tier 1 to the ultimate Tier 4 installation with 99.995% availability, the cabling must adhere to strict standards in terms of the cabling used, the specific routing, dual redundancy of cabling and connectivity.
We can bring the same discipline when working within your company. We’ll use the best cable for your data capacity. We’ll make sure cable runs are carefully planned to be safely away from potential hazards. We’ll organise data centre cabling so it’s easy to identify and maintain, and create dual networks where necessary. We’ll fully test any new cabling prior to installation and after installation. In short, we can make sure that your internal data centre enjoys the same cabling performance as a professional facility.
Data cabling will typically be routed through overhead cable trays in modern data centres. But some are still recommending under raised floor cabling for security reasons and to consider the addition of cooling systems above the racks in case this enhancement is necessary. Smaller/less expensive data centres without raised flooring may use anti-static tiles for a flooring surface. Computer cabinets are often organized into a hot and cold aisles arrangement to maximize airflow efficiency.
The data centre telecommunications spaces include the Main Distribution Area (MDA), Zone Distribution Area (ZDA) and Equipment Distribution Area (EDA). Incorporating this architecture into the data centre cabling design allows for a onetime installation of the backbone cabling and provides flexibility to accommodate frequent reconfigurations at the zone, required for moves, adds and changes.