What can your Network Closet tell you about your current IT management provider?
At Standard Computer we believe that a clean, tidy, network closet means that someone with high-attention to detail and professionalism is in charge of your IT department. This level of professionalism will be carried out into software updates, backups, security software and so on. Accordingly, if the closet looks unprofessional then we believe that this signals that all the other work is sloppy as well.
Below you will find a collection of some of our closet cleanups and before you jump in it might be helpful to review the things that we are looking for when we evaluate a network's physical infrastructure.
- Faceplates should be labeled and POE if using VoIP phones.
- No cables should just be coming out of holes cut in the drywall
- Patch cables should be in the wall, not running down the wall or across the floor. Cinder block walls are no exception.
- Tape or thumbtacks should never be used to secure cables to the wall.
- There should be no fuzzy strings at the end of the cable, this is the tension sheathing and without it the cable is held in place only by the data pairs.
- Snag-resistant cables are preferred, otherwise the network connector ends will have the ‘ears’ broke off and will easily pull out of their jacks.
- All network equipment should be wall or rack mounted and clearly labeled.
- Equipment screens and status indication lights are facing out.
- Proper cable management tools being used properly.
- Proper grounding, not wire frame shelves, wooden shelves or non-ventilated cabinets.
- The temperature of the server room should be cool not warm.
- The network board should be painted - we prefer the "ma bell" colors of black and orange.