I've been searching for cable management strategies for server racks, and can't seem to find any specific guidelines. I presently have a four-post server rack with several servers, a 48-port switch, and a 48 port patch panel.
Each of my rack mounted devices has a ~10ft patch cable running between itself and the switch. This requires the patch cable to run from the rear of the rack to the front. My question is, could I terminate the network cables coming from the servers onto the patch panel, then run a patch cable from the patch panel to the switch? I believe this will allow me to better organize the cables, and not have them running around the side of the rack.
Are there any problems with doing this? I haven't been able to find any information on how cables are typically routed between servers and switches/hubs in a single rack.
I would appreciate any advice.