structured cabling is building or campus cabling infrastructure that consists of a number of standardized smaller elements (hence structured) called subsystems. Structured cabling components include twisted pair and optical cabling, patch panels and patch cables.
What Are the Benefits of Structured Cabling?
Organization is the key word here. With an organized, top quality structured cabling system the benefits are:
- Moves, adds, and changes are much easier due to the fact that they are done in the MDA versus running long patch cords from equipment racks.
- Potential for downtime is reduced as the potential for human error is drastically reduced due to this organization.
- Time savings; cable and port tracing becomes a much easier job with a structured cabling system. This logical, organized approach not only makes changes easier, but it saves you time.
- Aesthetics; Never underestimate the looks! A structured cabling system will look much cleaner than a point-to-point method.
What Are the Risks Of Not Switching to a Structured Cabling System?
- Downtime: With an unorganized messy cabling infrastructure, mistakes are common like incorrect ports are unplugged or even worse is the messy cabling that gets in the way. Trying to remove a single cable from a large tangled mess can cause stress on the other cables. This stress can lead to network and channel errors in the hardware that are very difficult to trace.
- Airflow: If a point-to-point method is used, the front and potentially the sides of the switch are congested with cabling bulk. This impedes the airflow that the switch needs to operate. This also translates to underfloor cooling; cabling congestion in this space hinders the airflow of the computer room air conditioning (CRAC) unit and can cause cooling issues.