These days you would be hard pressed to find a medium to large business which is able to operate without a resilient data and communication system. The ability to reliably communicate is essential to the success of any business or institution.
Traditionally, a business would implement a point-to-point cabling system which refers to a system comprised of ‘jumper’ fibre cables that are used to connect one physical device directly to another. Point-to-point cabling is adequate for a small number of connections.
For businesses operating across multiple floors in a building or multiple locations, improving communication systems can be easily achieved by implementing a Structured Cabling System (SCS).
So, what exactly is a Structured Cabling System?
An SCS is defined as a telecommunications cabling infrastructure, made up of several standardised smaller elements. It is a flexible system which can be implemented in a range of environments from data centres to corporate workplaces.
To add further detail, the system is created using a series of patch panels and trunks. In a data centre, hardware ports on the physical devices are connected to a patch panel at the top of a rack , which is then connected to another patch panel (through a trunk) into the Main Distribution Area (MDA).
The MDA is the centralised point of structured cabling and provides a place for all moves, additions, or changes, which can be made using short length patch cords.
What are the benefits of a Structured Cabling System?
Compared to traditional point-to-point cabling design, Structured Cabling is more organised and flexible. It delivers predictable performance and means your business can make additions or changes to your data and telecommunications system without interrupting operations.
This also future proofs your business for all kinds of technological advances down the track.
A well designed SCS also improves the reliability of data and voice transfer throughout your business, and therefore the service to your clients. Similarly, it increases productivity, as the centralised nature means that the area can be put under strict change control reducing the risk of unintended business disruption.
Another advantage of a SCS is its clear design, making it easier to locate the source of issues, and be more cost effective by limiting the outage time to your business.
If you are interested in improving your business with a Structured Cabling System or would like to start planning your current state to target state cabling design, please contact our team of experts at CS Technology.
About the Author
Jane Schott is a Consultant in the Australia practice of CS Technology where she specialises in application migration strategy including the disaster recovery requirements of applications and how these align into the organisation’s business continuity.
This article was originally posted on LinkedIn here on the 5th November 2020.