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Method and Apparatus for Flexible Cable Management in DataCenter

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000241422D
Publication Date: 2015-Apr-25
Document File: 27 page(s) / 1M

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Abstract

This invention is about a method and apparatus for managing cables of rack mounted servers in a flexible way. Problem being solved: Cables (including power supply cables, network cables, etc.) which exit the rear of the rack mounted servers are always in a mess. It is desirable to keep the cables organized and at the same time be able to add/remove a cable in a convenient way. Currently, there is no easy way to address this problem.

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Method and Apparatus for Flexible Cable Management in DataCenter

Keywords: cabling, cable arrangement, cable management assemblies, cable management apparatus, cable arm,cable organizer

This invention is about a method and apparatus for managing cables of rack mounted servers in a flexible way.

Problem being solved:

Cables (including power supply cables, network cables, etc.) which exit the rear of the rack mounted servers are always in a mess. It is desirable to keep the cables organized and at the same time be able to add/remove a cable in a convenient way. Currently, there is no easy way to address this problem.

Current situation is shown in the following images.(Figure 1,2)

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In Figure 1, the cables from the rear of the rack, are in a mess without any management.

In Figure 2, the cables are simply tied with straps. But problem still exists. Firstly, once we need to add a cable, we have to re-tie each strap. It's very inconvenient.

Secondly, the bundle of cables which hang down naturally is in a relatively middle position. It will probably hide the back of the parts on the rack and affect service operations.

Current solutions:

1. A conventional way of cable management is to tie the cables with straps to a bunch. The cables are always left hanging loose, and the weight causes the sag. It is inconvenient to manage the cables, especially when a cable is added or removed from a bunch. (Figure 4)


2. Solution 1 plus cable organizer. (Figure 3, Figure 11)


3. Another solution is cable management arm, which assembles the cables in the tray and can move along with the sever. However, the products are complex and not easy to use.(Figure 5,6,7,8,9,10)

Prior art:


1. http://www.qianjia.com/html/2008-05/45844.html

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2.Cable straps. Figure

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3. Patent[US007026551B2]: Drop Down Cable Arm

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4. Patent[US20040079711A1]: System and Method for Rack Cable Management

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5. Patent[US20050258721A1]: Cable Management Rack for Industrial Rack Mount Computer Server

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6. Patent[US20070076403A1]: Method and Apparatus for Cable Management

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7. Patent[US20090242233A1]: Cable Management Apparatus and Method for Managing Cables of an Electronic Apparatus

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8. Patent[US006600665B2]: Cable Management Arm with Trough and Breakaway Feature

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9. Patent[US00RE41353E]: Cable Manager for Network Rack

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This invention is composed of two part...