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Cabling Stats

Wyatt • • Rants

Now I know that I really hate cabling. Here’s how it works out:

Each cable requires 4 labels
Each server has 3 cables
Each rack has about 15 servers
There are 6 racks in a row
There are 5 rows in the data center

3 x 15 x 6 x 5 = 1350 cables total that I have pulled
1350 x 4 = 5400 labels that I will have printed

As to the total number of feet, the racks are setup something like this in feet:
11 15 19 23 27 31
13 17 21 25 29 33
15 19 23 27 31 35
17 21 25 29 33 37

A quick hit to Excel gives us 1728 feet of cable per row of servers (3 cables a piece) … times 5 rows that I’ve been working on gives us 8640 feet of cable, roughly.

To put that into perspective its:
1.64 miles
28.8 football fields in length
420 times taller than me
69,120 peanuts laid end to end, assuming a peanut is 1.5″ long

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