Cable Pathway

A path that the structured cabling takes from the data room to workstations. This path can be horizontal, vertical and backbone pathway. The path of the cable is supported through steel structures to form a continuous pathway for cables. 90 degree L and T-shaped intersections can be created using these metal structures.

Flat Cable

It is lighter thinner and more flexible cable used for transmission purposes. A flat cable includes a signal line extending in longitudinal direction, a thin dielectric sheet with which the signal line is coated and that has plasticity a pair of spaced apart group layers extending in the longitudinal direction and sandwiching the dielectric sheet in its thickness direction and insulators that coat the pair of ground layers so that they are not exposed to the outside.

Backbone Cabling

Backbone cabling are multi-stranded fibre or multipair copper cables. Telecommunication enclosures and data centers are connected by backbone cables to the main cross connect.


A Closet is an enclosed space for housing telecommunications and networking equipment, cable terminations, and cross-connect. It contains the horizontal cross connect where the backbone able cross-connects with the horizontal cable.

Zone Cabling

It is a method of cabling that can be implemented in open office areas with high churn or the data center. The objective of zone cabling is to reduce the amount of cabling disturbed incase the user shifts the workplace. Zone enclosures add flexibility to the network by providing a secure space for consolidation points, active cross connets and wireless access points. Zone enclosures can be used to reduce downtime when work spaces are reconfigured.

Terms that are related to structured cabling in data centers – Part 2



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