So, what exactly is structured cabling?
Technically speaking, structured cabling is quite simply a more organized approach to a traditional cabling network. It carries all your infrastructure capabilities throughout your building. Everything is connected to it, ranging from desktops and servers, wireless access points and Communications Systems all through the network systems. Compared to traditional point to point cabling, structured cabling is far more organized, and because of this has many benefits, including:
- Management with Ease
Without structured cabling your IT room can become one jumbled, out-of-control mess. If your system is organized, changes can be made easily and quickly, causing little to no disruption to the organization. When there’s a problem, you’ll be able to find which system is faulty, faster.
- Unification is Key
Structured cabling unifies your IT network for multiple platforms; data, voice, and even video. This reduces the need for constant updates and in the long run will drastically lower any maintenance costs.
- Expansion Capabilities
A higher bandwidth goes together with structured cabling, meaning future applications can be easily supported. If your company adds video conferencing down the road, your system won’t be interrupted, and this change will basically go unnoticed.
- Aesthetics Matter
Regardless of how you feel about organization, the opinion of your customers matter. Structured cabling creates a cleaner and less cluttered look allowing you to focus on what really matters; your business.
- Lower cost of maintenance
Fiber optic, Category 5e or Category 6 cables rarely go bad. On the rare occasion that they do, having a properly installed and carefully marked cable structure can make it faster to identify the problem and easier to replace the cable. Downtime equates to lost revenue, so you want to maximize uptime for your enterprise phone system in every way possible. In addition, instead of spending time tracing cables, your tech support or IT team can spend their time on more strategic initiatives than ensuring the integrity of your cables.