snydeq writes: "Deep End's Paul Venezia suggests it's high time we drastically reduce the number of patch cables in the data center. 'I suppose laypeople are impressed when they see an aggregation switch overflowing with hundreds of patch cords that run from RJ45 modules to RJ45 patch panels in the same rack, but all I see is a pain in the ass. It's difficult to trace out bad cables, it's difficult to run new cabling if the cable management trays are overrun with existing wires, and god help you when you need to replace a failed module when all 48 Ethernet interfaces need to be disconnected and reconnected to the exact same port on the new blade in order to maintain VLAN membership and other individual configuration elements.'"
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