What is structured cabling?
Structured cabling is the infrastructure that consists of numerous standardized smaller “structured” elements. If a structured cabling system is designed and installed properly it will provide predictable performance and also be flexible to accommodate expansion, moves, maximize the availability of the system and reinforce the usability of the cabling system. Structured cabling is simply an organized way to manage a cabling system. Some may find it easier to understand by outlining what it isn’t. Structured cabling isn’t running cables directly to and from the hardware that it supports. The structured component is what makes the difference. Patch panels and trunks create the structure that allows for the ports on the hardware to be connected to the panel and the top of a rack that holds the hardware. The patch panels are connected to another patch panel using a “trunk”. A “trunk” is simply an assembly of multi-fiber components used in conveyance in the main distribution area. The main distribution area is a key component of structured cabling. This is where the changes, moves, and expansions can happen using short patch cords.
What are the benefits of structured cabling?
When it comes to structured cabling, organization is the key component. The benefits of having structured cabling are as follows…
- Moving, adding components and expansion are quicker because they are facilitated through the MDA instead of running long cables through equipment racks.
- System downtime is reduced. This is due to the lack for human error to be made due to the extreme organization.
- It is easier to trace cables and ports because it is organized and structured so nicely.
What are the risks of not using structured data cabling?
If you do not use a structured cabling setup, the risk of downtime is greatly increased. When the cables are unorganized, mistakes often happen due to human error and confusion. The wrong ports could get unplugged, the cables are messy and get in the way and the situation can be detrimental to the operation of daily business and increase the stress level between all employees. Network and channel errors are not fun and can also be very difficult to trace. Another major risk is the airflow of the system. All the bulk of the messy cables can restrict the airflow that the switch needs to properly function and the underfloor cooling, congestion of cables and space restrictions can cause serious cooling issues.
SGD Communications provides structuring cabling in Tampa Bay and beyond to make expansion, moving and changes more manageable. The stress level across your company is kept at a minimum as the system is less messy should a problem arise. It is also safe to say that the overheating of hardware will greatly be reduced due to the organization and airflow. So call us today at (813) 527-9292.