Navigating the Pros & Cons of Structured Cabling vs. Top of Rack in the Data Center
Nov 01, 2013
November 1, 2013
Based on the whitepaper of the same name, this article provides an update on the topic with sidebar examples in action.
There is no single end-all cabling configuration for every data center, and CIOs, data center professionals and IT managers need to examine the pros. and cons of each solution based on their specific needs. This article focuses on the many factors to consider when evaluating top of rack (ToR) and structured cabling configurations. The discussion includes the impact of those configurations on total management; scalability and upgrades; interoperability; equipment, maintenance and cabling costs; port utilization; power consumption and cooling requirements.