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Flemings Dept. Store
Project objectives and scope
Comms racks and server cabinets are crucial parts of any IT infrastructure, but they can be tricky to maintain and keep tidy. One job recently undertaken by K.T. Communications involved a comms cabinet which had become unruly. Over the years, equipment changes and additions to the cabinet had made it very full and difficult to manage. Overly long cables had become entwined with other equipment, making it increasingly tricky to replace hardware.
K.T. Communications were tasked with overhauling the cabinet, updating the existing cabling and bringing the cabinet back to a high standard.
We began by carrying out an audit of floor ports in the office areas to identify floor ports in use. Any redundant patching was identified and then removed in order to free up space. Each remaining connection was then documented and all cabling was removed.
Once free of cabling, the equipment in the rack was re-arranged to maximise available space and to minimise the required cable lengths. Existing patch cables were re-used wherever possible - overly long cables were replaced with cables of a more suitable length, and any cables not adhering up to standard were replaced. All cables were individually labelled with their corresponding switch port to ensure that, in future, patching could be easily identified without the need to trace individual cables.
With cabling work completed, all telephones and PCs were checked to ensure they had network connectivity. The work was carried out with minimal disruption ensuring the users didn't notice the work had even taken place.
“KT Comms managed a highly complex project over a period of weeks with zero disruption to our business. The engineers on the job were highly professional, methodical and diligent. The end result far exceeded our expectations, so we would not hesitate to recommend KT Comms.”
Marie Neilly, Flemings Dept Store