•  Licmaey
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Aren't you glad you don't work in IT?

If you see this, you will...



I do work in IT and can tell you that is what a data center will look like if you let your systems admins rack equipment and run cables themselves.


I am supposing it's similiar to an initial PC build -- just want to get the thing running and don't give a crap about good wiring...

If you know the center it'd be fine, you could probably find your way around but just thing what it'd be like to train in a new guy!?!! 


no it's pure lazyness is what it is. hmm let me just add a quick patch cord here and the next day 1 here and so on and so on without taking the 2 mins to route through the provided wire managers and slapping a couple pieces of velcro on. If I worked in that place man I swear I would eventually come in with a gun and shoot all those idiots working there. DO you know what  pain it is to troubleshoot something like that. OMG I would flip and just unplug all of it.

Case you didn't notice I am anal about cosmetics when it comes to cabling.


Wow, that is an utter disaster. I do work in IT I have seen some messy wiring but that one takes the cake. I think the closest would be inder the floor for the kargest data center in Atlanta. I won't name names because I don't want anything to come back. Even though under that floor in there 50 degree mega data warehouse there are a lot of wires and I mean a lot most likely at least that many. However, they are all piped or otherwise organized for a specific reason, if that network goes down or any wire within it, it looses around 10 grad every second so a minute equals minus 600,000 dollars. I think the logest down time  they had last time I was there was 8 minutes (5.4 million dollars)..... I bet you had no clue the internet was worth that much :)


I find it hard to believe that they actually let someone take a picture of it. I would be embarrased. I have completely redressed wires that look like a work of art compared to that just because i wasn't happy with them. Could you imagine being the guy that had to go through and tag and document everything in that data center. I think I would have to quit my job if they gave me that task. I have seen some pretty nasty work and I am talking about closets and hub rooms that have been added to over 30 years without removing anything but none looked as bad as that.

Savage Animal

I'm not in IT but I do alot of low voltage wireing, and I'm pretty anal with it. That would drive me nuts!


Saw this on HardOCp today. imagine replacing a cable. or how about tracing one.





  •  acarzt
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That first pic isn't so bad, not compared to that second pic. At least in the first one you can grab a wire and follow it with your hands lol That other pic, it almost looks fake it's so unbelievable. The cable looks like it's completely bare too... maybe it's phone cables? Doesn't look like fibre... Either way, I would HATE to have to work with that. Luckily I work in a small IT department(2 people) We have 1 rack of servers and it's easily managable 🙂 The 2 of us support about 50 people tho lol


acarzt wrote:

Doesn't look like fibre...

I think fiber would crack under the pressure. That is insane.


it's not fiber and if it was fiber is very light so it would be fine. Looks more like cross connect wire to me but cross connect wire isn't usually run across cable tray like that. typically they would run high pair cable across from one wall feild to the next instead. You typically find something like that in a PBX room not a data center as it's for phone switches.


nelsoncp21 wrote:

it's not fiber and if it was fiber is very light so it would be fine. Looks more like cross connect wire to me but cross connect wire isn't usually run across cable tray like that. typically they would run high pair cable across from one wall feild to the next instead. You typically find something like that in a PBX room not a data center as it's for phone switches.


It might be different colored ethernet cables, that is one ungodly sized cable tray. Me I prefer subcontracting the building cable work out to a vendor and only doing patch runs in the data center in the trays.



So, this crossed my mind looking in this thread.

One day while walking down the street a highly successful executive woman was tragically hit by a bus and she died. Her soul arrived up in heaven where she was met at the Pearly Gates by St. Peter himself.

"Welcome to Heaven," said St.Peter. "Before you get settled in though, it seems we have a problem. You see, strangely enough, we've never once had an executive make it this far and we're not really sure what to do with you."

"No problem, just let me in." said the woman.

"Well, I'd like to, but I have higher orders. What we're going to do is let you have a day in Hell and a day in Heaven and then you can choose whichever one you want to spend an eternity in."

"Actually, I think I've made up my mind...I prefer to stay in Heaven", said the woman.

"Sorry, we have rules..." And with that St. Peter put the executive in an elevator and it went down-down-down to hell. The doors opened and she found herself stepping out onto the putting green of a beautiful golf course. In the distance was a country club and standing in front of her were all her friends - fellow executives that she had worked with and they were all dressed in evening gowns and cheering for her. They ran up and kissed her on both cheeks and they talked about old times. They played an excellent round of golf and at night went to the country club where she enjoyed an excellent steak and lobster dinner. She met the Devil who was actually a really nice guy (kinda cute) and she had a great time telling jokes and dancing. She was having such a good time that before she knew it, it was time to leave. Everybody shook her hand and waved good-bye as she got on the elevator.

The elevator went up-up-up and opened back up at the Pearly Gates and found St. Peter waiting for her. "Now it's time to spend a day in heaven," he said. So she spent the next 24 hours lounging around on clouds and playing the harp and singing. She had a great time and before she knew it her 24 hours were up and St. Peter came and got her.

"So, you've spent a day in hell and you've spent a day in heaven. Now you must choose your eternity," he said.

The woman paused for a second and then replied, "Well, I never thought I'd say this, I mean, Heaven has been really great and all, but I think I had a better time in Hell."

So St. Peter escorted her to the elevator and again she went down-down-down back to Hell. When the doors of the elevator opened she found herself standing in a desolate wasteland covered in garbage and Filth. She saw her friends were dressed in rags and were picking up the garbage and putting it in sacks. The Devil came up to her and put his arm around her.

"I don't understand," stammered the woman, "yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and a country club and we ate lobster and we danced and had a great time. Now all there is a wasteland of garbage and all my friends look miserable."

The Devil looked at her and smiled. "Yesterday we were recruiting you; today you're staff."

That's what IT is like 😛.


that was a good one freeman.

i don't think they are different colored ethernet cables cause I have never seem multicolored cables. I have seen cables many different colors but never multicolored. The only other thing I can think of is if they are old cat 3 cables with the clear jacketing. Another thing I noticed is that part of the cable tray was built as a floating ladder rack and the other part is not. Kinda odd. I can tell because in the front of the picture they have auxillary framing bars but farther away the ladder rack is connected directly to the all thread. When I look at that picture though I see 1 thing. Alot of money in scrap cable