Handheld tools go a long way toward making a Data Center more convenient for system administrators and network engineers. There are also a handful of other items that can improve the room's usability, both for Data Center users and the support staff who maintain it:

  • Cable testers— A cable tester is useful for double-checking the quality and performance of both structured cabling and patch cords. Available for copper and fiber media, cable testers can gauge the strength of a signal as it reaches the end of a cable, measure different forms of interference, as well as map the wiring within a patch cord. It is especially important to confirm the quality of any patch cord you intend to reuse. Patch cords that have been used or discarded ...

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