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Having an end-to-end labelling scheme implemented throughout the Data Centre infrastructure simplifies troubleshooting and contends with the inevitable moves, adds and changes that occur periodically. Accelerating tracing and problem-solving measures, and repairs, helps to avoid, or mitigate, downtime; saving time and money. It's sufficiently important that ANSI/TIA have developed 606-B.1 Administration Standard for Telecommunications Infrastructure, providing clear specifications for labelling and administration best practices across all electrical- and network-systems premise classes; these include data centres.

What to label?

Equipment

  • It is advisable to label devices front and back,  for identification purposes, with the uniquely identifiable name of that device.
     
  • All equipment must be inventoried and be appropriately asset tagged.

UTP cables

Cable labelling

        • 1.5m brown UTP CAT 6 number 660 and,
        • 3m blue UTP CAT 6 number 33                                                                                                 
 

A selection of pre-labelled cables, in various lengths and colours, are available in the large metal cabinets in Build Room 3

Power cords

Power cords

        • 2m black power cord number 7024 and
        • 2.5m blue power cord number 722

                                                                                                 

 

A selection of pre-labelled power cords, in various lengths of either blue or black, can be found in the large metal cabinets in Build Room 3

Black power cords are to be used to connect devices to power strips fed from Supply A

Blue power cords are to be used to connect devices to power strips fed from Supply B

Fibre cables

fibre 0fibre                               

Labelcore:

white - 3mm for duplex fibre cable 

yellow - 2mm for fibre cable

An example labelling scheme:

M - multi-mode fibre

2 - length in metres

010 - sequence number of length & type

Fibre label cables can be produced upon request*

(* time and volume permitting)

 

 

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