An informed reader wrote in with some possible clarification regarding the question posed by one of our recent Must-See Cabling Photos:Hi, I wanted to make a comment on the picture [ entitled "Why?'] you had on your site.
So the majority of the cables that were run to support the users did go through the ceilings and walls, not by choice, but because we had federal restrictions on modifying the building. The picture you have on the site looks very similar to the two buildings I worked in. [From] the drill hole, [it] looks like an older building with asbestos-type material surrounding the inside on the block. So, basically, you use what you can.
I work in a data center, so I know about proper cabling. Knowing where I came from and worked prior, I’m OK with running cable like that, because that’s what the situation calls for. So that’s “Why”…. Thanks for your time.
-- Alvin Lal, AT&T Global IDC Operations, AT&T Business Solutions - SSC, San Diego, CA