Structured Cabling And Infrastructure Design

Structured Cabling Infrastructures

Technology is constantly evolving and changing, sometimes faster than you could ever guess. These new tools can make businesses more productive, secure, and agile. However, these tools need the right network to support them. Structured cabling is an infrastructure that’s made up of smaller, standardized elements. You can install structured cabling systems in a building or across a campus. It’s this kind of network cabling that can support all the rapidly advancing technology
coming to the workplace.

Since the advent of personal computers, the introduction of laptops and VoIP calling systems, the demand on a business’s cable network has only grown. In the past, point-to-point cabling was used, which meant every piece of hardware used its own cable. The cabling literally ran from point to point. This would lead to a jumbled mess of wiring and cables that could be accidentally unplugged or present a safety hazard for tripping. To accommodate the rising need for speed and more bandwidth, structured cabling systems came into use and are now the best solution for a business’s network.
Structured cabling systems are a kind of network cabling solution that organizes your infrastructure. The beauty of structured cabling is that it helps to future-proof your business by accommodating any new hardware you add while supporting the increasing amount of data businesses use every day. It makes things much easier to manage as your business grows!

What Is Structured Cabling

A structured cabling system runs throughout a building or across multiple building and sites, with different points and dedicated areas. Apart from cables, structured cabling solutions can include racks, network cabinets, hardware ports and more. All these smaller pieces work together as part of the overall system. The standardized elements that make up structured cabling are called “subsystems.” These subsystems are typically located across a building, so it’s important to know where they’ll be in your business location. There are six different kinds of subsystems that go into structured cabling.

The Six Subsystems

Entrance Facilities

A demarcation point is the physical point at which a telecommunications company’s public network ends and the customer’s private network begins.

Equipment Rooms

Optimum Layout 9’ Ceilings Climate Controlled 42” Doorway Dedicated UL UL Subpanel Cemented room Secured access iso 27001.

Backbone Cabling

Inter- and intra-building cable connections.

Horizontal Cabling

Horizontal Cabling, in premise cabling, is any cabling that is used to connect a floor’s wiring closet to wall plates in the work areas to provide local area network (LAN) drops for connecting users’ computers to the network.

Telecommunications Room

Connects the backbone cabling and horizontal cabling.

Work Area Components

Connections between the enduser’s equipment and the outlets of the horizontal cabling system.

Installing structured cabling solutions involves laying out and designing the system itself, which can be tricky in and of itself. This design process takes factors like heat, cooling and airflow into account and needs to be methodical for best results. Our data cabling division will work with you to design a system that fits your current and future needs.

All six of these subsystems work together to support your business. Your cables and wiring will be accessible whether you need to fix something or want to upgrade in the future.

The Benefits of Structured Cabling

Businesses use more and more data on even an hourly basis. That puts a lot of stress on a cabling infrastructure. If you don’t upgrade that infrastructure, you could be facing downtime and poor connectivity.

With point-to-point cabling, cables directly connect each piece of equipment. For years, this was the normal and standard for cabling infrastructure. Older data centers or businesses using this kind of cabling system are at a disadvantage and facing disorganization.

You also run the risk of increased downtime and obsolescence. Imagine having to sort through hundreds of unlabeled and identical cables every time you need to fix something. To make things more difficult, you’d have to pay extra in labor and services every time you added a new network cabinet to your data center. Those costs, in both time and money, add up and really could hurt your bottom line.

If you want to future-proof your business, invest in structured cabling solutions. Besides just looking clean and more organized, structured cabling solutions can support your business’s daily needs. These kinds of network cabling solutions are built to accommodate future advancements in tech for the workplace.

Benefits You Can Expect

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