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How much do you know about your company’s IT network?
What type of cabling system do you use?
When was the last time you upgraded your network cabling?
These are questions any business owner should have answers for. However, if you’re like most that we consult for, your answers aren’t sufficient. Your IT network is the backbone of your organization. Without a strong network, your employees are wasting time and losing productivity every day.
Are you using old technology and running your business on an out-of-date network?
If so, it’s time for an update.
One of the most useful updates you can make to your network is to switch from that old point-to-point cabling system to a highly functioning structured cabling system.
Point-to-Point Cabling vs. Structured Cabling Systems
These are the only two methods for transporting data through network cables. Many continue to use the old point-to-point cable method for their data infrastructure. A point-to-point cabling system has a tendency to cause problems as your network needs expand is size and complexity. To understand why, you must know how a point-to-point cabling system works:
A point-to-point cabling is set up by connecting one component of a network, a server, switch or a device, directly to another component of the network using a fiber-optic cable. Twenty years ago, this type of wiring was an elegant solution for quickly and easily stringing together a network. At that time, most networks were small, and IT departments were smaller.
Today, as networks grow, and fast transfers of huge amounts of data are more essential, maintaining these older point-to-point cabling system, along with the thousands of cords necessary to operate them, places a big strain on a company’s IT resources.
To avoid dealing with this, many companies have switched to a structured cabling system. Instead of connecting each individual component of a network directly to another, a structured cabling system connects the servers and storage units directly to a communication backbone.
Local cabling panels are installed throughout the office and connected to the communication backbone with a single cable. A user can then connect his device to the entire network by simply plugging a short cable into the closest cabling panel.
The Benefits of Structured Cabling
You may be thinking, “Hey, isn’t adding a communication backbone and redoing all the cable systems in my office going to be expensive?” The answer is yes. Installing a structured cabling system can be costly, but it’s an investment in the future of your business.
Why is it such a good investment? There are many reasons. A structured cabling system:
Isn’t it time for you to make the switch from point-to-point cabling? McLane Intel can install a structured cabling system for your business in Texas. Contact us for a complimentary assessment of your cabling needs. (866) 551-4628 firstname.lastname@example.org