Three Patching Configurations for Data Center Rack Management

In today’s data center, distribution patch panels and active equipment such as switches, routers, and so on are usually arranged in either the same rack or in two racks located directly next to one another. Thus, to choose a proper patching configuration which is suitable for your network is very necessary. In this post, three commonly used patching configurations are presented.


The interconnect patching solution is usually applied in the application that components are divided over two racks. As the following picture shown, the patch cables here are separated from cabinet to cabinet.

data center patching method-interconnect


As shown in the following picture, the cross-connect configuration is similar to the interconnect configuration—components are divided over two racks. But the cross-connect configuration uses pre-terminated cables to create the connection between cabinets or distributors and active equipment.

data center patching method-cross connect


As its name suggests, in combined configuration, all the components are set in one rack. Thus, it only needs simple patch cabling between height units in this case. See the picture below:

data center patching method-combined

Learning the above three ways to patch equipment, which do you prefer in your network? No matter which one do you choose, always be noted that a clear patching cabling system will make installation and maintenance more efficient and easier. Thus, choose the most proper one according to your needs.

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