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February 23, 2006


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OK, there's not longer any question about it -- I'm jealous! I'm going to have to get John and Danny looking at this. Nice work!

Awesome! It could be like those dressing room mirrors that seem to make hundreds of smiling Me's! BTW, Jason, I just cracked up this morning when I googled your name (at new computer without blog bookmarked). Didn't know you had a second line of work.

Yes, not only do I do IT, but I'm also a medium and body builder. Just trying to keep my options open ya know. :-)

I was looking at possibly getting that NeatPatch system too...thanks for the review! I think I'm sold. : )

Digg it!

Hi from England!
NeatPatch is truly amazing. High praise to the guys who invented it! Solved a lot of headaches for me. It's simple to implement and it seriously reduces long-term maintenance costs - you instantly know what cable goes where and therefore can work out which one you're looking for! What's more, its finally hit the UK. (Check out http://www.neatpatch.co.uk for UK distributors. A simple yet effective site.) Thoroughly recommended. I'll be using it on all future projects.

Looks good on paper, but I have a couple of reservations. First, this solution requires you to intersperse your patch panels and your electronics. That might be feasible in a greenfield installation, but I know that my fully wired panels would not be easily relocated. Second, this mates each active component with a particular panel. In the real world such a one-to-one correspondence is rare. Instead of managing the number of available Ethernet ports for each closet, you need to manage the number of available ports for each panel. In order to do that, you need to overprovision at the patch panel level, which will necessitate more ports per closet. If you don’t do this you will inevitably need to go from a patch panel to a switch that is not adjacent to that panel. Eventually the entire scheme breaks down. I suppose it may be better than the haphazard manner shown in the "before" picture, but I wonder what it looks like after a couple of years of entropy?

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