An Empty Switch in the server room


I saw in the server room there is "One Empty switch" (100% empty; no cable is attached to it).

Question: Why they prepare "the empty switch" in the server room?

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Russ SuterSenior Software DeveloperCommented:
There may be several reasons.

1. They are planning to expand
2. They have recently reorganized and consolidated dead connections so the 2nd switch is no longer essential
3. They are keeping a 2nd pre-configured switch handy in case the current switch fails. In that case, it would take only minutes to switch everything over and downtime is minimized.
4. The IT guys are just a bit lazy and don't clean up after themselves
5. The new switch has additional capabilities that the old one lacked so the network was moved to the new switch and the old one was never decommissioned.

I could go on. Why does it matter?

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