The account manager immediately developed a project plan and milestone tracking chart to ensure technicians met daily and overall objectives.
• Two Black Box project managers created the initial cabling plan and project schedule. • The site supervisor oversaw the Black Box team of 22 technicians who were working 6 days per week, 10 hours per day on-site.
The project involved a top-to-bottom installation, beginning in the sub-floor, which included a 6” x 12” custom-fabricated cable tray to handle the new switch ports and backbone and management cabling. The floor preparation also included installing under-floor struts, then marking, drilling, and cutting floor tiles, and installing grommets for the cable entry points.
The customer’s 144 server cabinets, which had to be stored in a temporary staging area until the floor was finished, were brought in and bolted into place.
The project required the installation of more than 6000 CAT6 ports, including:
• 2592 ports between the data center server cabinets and the IDF racks, which Black Box linked via under-floor cabling. Much care went into dressing both ends of each run, with Black Box using approximately 30 feet of highly detailed dress to ensure neat and organized connections. Technicians labeled cables for easy identification.
• 2976 switch ports. Black Box separated them into 48-port groupings, 62 in all, then dressed and labeled them. Cables from the switch ports were routed under the floor, dressed and terminated in patch panels at the IDF end.
• 288 management ports, with Black Box installing underfloor cables rack to rack, dressing, terminating, and labeling cables at both ends.
• 240 backbone ports with underfloor cables from the IDF racks to the MDF racks. As with the other port connections, technicians dressed the ends and labeled the cables.
In addition to labeling cables at the ports, Black Box labeled the data center patch panels and cabinets. Technicians also performed detailed testing of all cables to ensure standards-based CAT6 performance. This included spot testing at each step in the termination process, reviewing test data, and providing summary as well as detailed results to the customer