As discussed in Part 1, the integrity of every network depends on the quality of its structured cabling. However, many do not understand how crucial cabling is. Part 2 will discuss the Four Key Advantages of structured cabling.
Documentation Improves Support
Proper documentation illustrating the design of the network and the infrastructure, along with cable labeling, eases troubleshooting when needed. Knowing a network infrastructure’s pathways for cable runs and the layout of data closets will save time and effort in typical tasks such as patching. Documentation also helps speed up updates, training, and maintenance.
Easing Compliance & Improving Security
The trade organization BICSI has published training manuals regarding the TIA/EIA/IEEE standards developed by key industry stakeholders for structured cabling. Those standards focus on the technical requirements of 90v IoT and PoE devices, which play an increasing role in cabling infrastructure; following these standards will help with regulatory compliance.
Structured cabling also improves security. Well-defined, structured cabling infrastructure also makes it easier for IT managers to oversee and authorize any changes through documentation, CAD drawings, and photos.
Greater Reliability & Speed
Greater reliability is provided by structured cabling, decreasing the likelihood a network will lose packets, suffer drop offs, and experience latency. Network infrastructure featuring the newest technology in cabling results in faster data transfer rates.
The utilization of higher category cables such as Cat6a and Cat7 will provide the bandwidth and speed necessary to accomplish the day-to-day tasks of modern offices and facilities. In addition, companies utilizing standardized structured cabling with several locations spread across the country will enjoy greater reliability.
Savings of Time & Money
Structured cabling standards developed by industry experts are intended to improve the efficiency of companies that follow them. Following best practices for installing, terminating, labeling, and operating save significant time and money.
Savings result from making an up-front investment in structured cabling because it will save resources over the operational life of the infrastructure by easing MACs (moves, additions, and changes). There is also value in being consistent at every location, easing IT management throughout an organization.
Progressive Office Cabling
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