By definition, structured cabling is the use of a number of standardized cabling elements in an orderly infrastructure for data and voice communications. The opposite of structured cabling is, of course, unstructured cabling — two words that can strike fear into the heart of even the most stoic of IT professionals. You know if you’ve ever worked in network cabling in Denver, you’ve probably stumbled upon at least one jaw-dropping cable tangle – crisscrossing LAN cables and phone lines, draped over server racks.
What are the benefits of structured cabling? Let’s take a look at some valuable lessons learned from unstructured cabling.
- Cabling installation eventually needs to be modified. That’s why it’s important to have Precision FiberOptics design and install your network infrastructure. A well structured cabling system makes it much easier and more cost effective to scale and meet future bandwidth challenges.
- Properly designed and installed structured cabling enables you to integrate the latest technologies and stay competitive without creating your own cabling nightmare.
- A structured cabling system not only gives you the benefit of cable management, but it also gives you a robust, flexible system. Cable management tools such as ladder racks, cable trays, raceways and identification tags make your structured cabling installation more organized and visually attractive; they also save time and money when servicing and upgrading. Even the most state-of-the-art IT network hardware is only as good as the structured cabling system that supports it. A well designed and properly installed structured cabling network will reduce overall infrastructure costs and ensure that your entire IT network functions optimally.