Technology is converging at an ever increasing rate, presenting managers of network infrastructures with a number of new challenges.
These managers must now be well versed not only in the installation and support of integrated voice, data, video & building management products over wired networks, but also with wireless networks.
Industry trends are moving towards IP-based networks, and this results in new demands being placed on network managers and the network infrastructures they run. Because of this, we should consider the real goal of a structured network infrastructure (otherwise known as a structured cabling system).
As you can probably guess from its name, a structured cabling system is a cohesive way of organizing an infrastructure and there are a few basic rules which govern this:
* Any structured cabling system should be independent of the vendor’s equipment, known as “Open Architecture”, making it more flexible.
There are a number of benefits to using a structured network infrastructure to support IP traffic:
The ideal structured network infrastructure is not reliant upon the use of a particular category of cabling product (Category 5e, 6, 6A etc) in the network.
A successful infrastructure should have a mix of twisted pair, coax & fiber optic cabling, but equally important is the actual design, installation and the ongoing management of the system. The goal behind a successful install is to only have to wire once.
Any extra material cost or labor expense incurred in implementing a true structured network infrastructure can be minimal when compared to the much higher labor costs involved in having to upgrade or re-cabling your network in the future.
The key to this success is the early planning, long term thinking and the avoidance of a ‘living for today’ mentality, something which can be as applicable to networks as it is to most things in life!
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