Rack Power Cabling

Best practices for rack power cabling.

Picture this,

You come across a situation where you have different classes of servers with power supplies and storage systems in different spots, and yes these will require different types of power cables.

Always, if you can, do the following.

  • ::  Bundle your cables either by branch (if you have A/B power).
  • ::  Label your cables (Either on the plug or on the PDU) so you know what you're unplugging.
  • ::  Don't run your AC power cables on the same side of the rack as your ethernet cables.

Where you have PDUs, these are our observations:-

Horizontal PDUs are a mess -You can bundle your cables neatly down the side of your rack, but when you get to the PDU they fan out into a rat's nest.

For vertical ("Zero-U") PDUs you can acquire custom-length power cables (they're available from various suppliers, usually in the same assortment of lengths you can get ethernet cables in - 1' 3' 5' 7' 14' etc.). The cables can then be bundled and tucked into the side of the rack the same way you would with ethernet cables - I use velcro ties to hold mine to the side of the rack so they don't trap server exhaust.

Cabling can be more than just network and power cables, and good cabinet layout is more than just cabling.

  • ::  Think about where you will site your servers,storage, tape libraries and switches in a cabinet and plan around good access to those. (don't forget to keep tape libraries at a convenient height for changing tapes!)
  • ::  Don't forget to leave space for a KVM box plus monitor tray if you need one - and room to run cables for it of course.
  • ::  Make use of both sides of the cabinet - switches should go at the back of the cabinet.
  • ::  Whatever you do, remember airflow - cool air should come in at the 'front' of the cabinet and leave at the back. Don't install the servers the wrong way round and don't impede airflow.
  • ::  Think about how the cabinet will be used - do people need to access it frequently? Will changes be made to hardware on a frequent basis? Plan accordingly.

We stock most of these cables for any of these scenarios. You can browse our offerings in this section.

142263-006 HPE 1.37M 10A Power Extension Cable

HPE IEC C14 to IEC C13 10A AC Power Distribution Unit (PDU) Power Cord (Black) HPN: 142263-006 Brand: HP Part #: 142263-006 ... more info

530762-003 HP C13 to C14 PLC 2M Power Cord

HPE C13 to C14 PLC (Power Line Communication) 2M Power Cord HPN: 530762-003 Brand: HP Part #: 530762-003 Specs:-  ... more info

72-2103-01 Cisco UCS 5108 Blade Server Chassis 20A Power Adapter

Cisco 20A 13FT Shielded Power Cable IEC309 To C19 Part #: 72-2103-01,CAB-AC-2500W-INT   Brand: : Cisco Part #(s): 72-2103-01,... more info

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