Although cabling is not the most technically interesting component of IT infrastructure, it is certainly essential for its network. It requires proper planning and deployment to ensure reliability and maximize productivity. Cables and the connectivity they deliver make it possible to create an efficient workplace.

Cabled connections are faster, offer greater reliability, and ensure stronger security than wireless connections. In addition, relentless progress in cloud and virtualization technologies have significantly raised data loads to such an extent that substandard cable planning and installation can immediately result in negative effects such as decreased bandwidth and greater downtime.

Success Based on Implementing Industry Standards

Industry standards such as ISO/IEC 11801 ensure the installation of cables complies with best practices of structured cabling and that IT infrastructure is divided into standardized components. The use of structured cabling is crucial because each of the various systems have specific requirements in the areas of bandwidth, consumption, security, and uptime.

Importance of Proper Installation

No one pays attention to cabling unless it is not working properly. However, if it performs poorly, everyone will know soon enough. Problems caused by defects, improper routing, or the incorrect use of cables can immediately decrease the productivity of employees, and even the newest endpoint hardware won’t be able to improve the situation.

EXAMPLE: Let’s assume an office’s network devices can support gigabit Ethernet, but the Cat6a cables being used far exceed 100 meters. This configuration may lead to a network performing poorly as Cat6a cabling can provide 10 Gb/s data rates, operating at a maximum frequency of 500 MHz, but only for a maximum distance of 100 meters.

For bigger and more complex company networks, the negative effects of improperly installed cabling can dramatically reduce network performance. Carrying out an extensive overhaul will be very expensive, including the cost of downtime, so it is vastly more preferable to properly plan and install cabling the very first time.

Future Proofing

Cabling installation costs are approximately 10% of an organization’s expenses for creating network infrastructure. Aside from improving network performance, the proper installation of structured cabling can lead to maximizing long-term ROI. This is because cabling plays a key role in supporting growth up to the next 10 years by future-proofing the IT infrastructure of your company.

Progressive Office Cabling

Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking cost-effective solutions. Working together, Progressive teams are committed to getting your data cabling, access control, and telecom systems installed and operating while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll-free number (800) 614-4560 today.