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The Advantages of a Structured Cabling System

The sub-systems of a Structured Cabling System

With each passing year, technology is changing and data speeds continue to increase. The collective appetite for bandwidth is seemingly endless, and networks are rarely seen as 'fast enough'. Many are awaiting the next big jumps in speed and supporting these speeds requires critical fiber cabling considerations.

Having a fully engineered and properly installed structured cabling system technology is one of the most cost-effective and timely decisions you can make for your business. It'll make routine moves, adds & changes faster, much more efficient, and has tangible and intangible advantages. The enhancement in productivity, faster rollout of strategic company applications, and more efficient troubleshooting features and capabilities will help any business to be more successful. Rather than reacting to each upgrade of hardware, implementing a properly planned structured cabling system can reduce personnel hours and investment costs.

So, is your data center ready? Apart from being cost-effective, what are the other advantages of a Structured Cabling System? 

Simplicity

There is a high level of simplicity and straightforwardness that comes with an organized cabling system. In a typical office environment, several different devices and IT equipment are being used at the same time, so running everything off one single system eliminates the complexity of having multiple wiring infrastructures in place. For example, if a problem occurs, it is far easier to identify the issue and solve it with structured network cabling. This means far less time and money lost in the long term.

Growth and adaptability

Structured cabling systems technology is built with adaptability and growth in mind. Being able to continuously upgrade your telecommunication system needs without an overhaul of your current cabling technology saves your company so much time and money. Additionally, when your business outgrows your current building, transferring your cabling system technology and reinstalling your network infrastructure is much more approachable than relocating a complex, old cabling system.

Better return on investment

Due to the optimal design of a structured network cabling system, there's less maintenance and replacement involved. Your company will also save money on wiring and cables in the long run. 

Not to mention, companies that have flexible voice and data systems have an easier time communicating with clients.

Neat, tidy AND safe!

Pre-planned cabling systems are often hidden from plain sight. If they are visible, they are neatly bundled and plugged into their respective machines. There's no mess. And messy cabling systems are downright unsafe, increasing the chances of fires, electrical shocks, and trips and falls.

Network downtime

Unorganized cabling systems with tangled wires often cause connectivity issues, which can result in network downtime and decreased productivity. Also, there is a high risk of human error and mistakes being made with multiple, unorganized cabling structures, which can cause workflow disruptions and network downtime.

Regardless of how well organized your cabling is, however, issues can still occur. It's the nature of technology hardware to malfunction from time to time. A structured cabling system makes it less time-consuming to isolate the problem and solve it.

Works with the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the connection of any device, whether it's a smartphone or a smart car, to the internet. IoT-enabled devices are becoming more and more common in the workplace. Structured cabling can be combined with the IoT to achieve benefits like the following:

• Automation of key business operations
• Energy management
• Cyber security

A professionally-designed cabling system is vital to the success of your company's IT environment. It's an investment that will more than pay itself back over time.

Our next upcoming article will provide some key considerations for planning and implementing a Structured Cabling System. Coming soon!

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