Structured cabling lies at the very heart
of your organization's ability to fully harness the capability
of its communications systems and people.
Structured cabling is a 'standard-based’ method of
engineering and installing an integrated data, voice and video
cabling system for your business. A properly designed and
installed structured cabling system provides you with a cabling
infrastructure that delivers predictable performance as well
as flexibility to accommodate growth and change over an extended
period of time.
Additionally, a structured cabling system provides a uniform,
open physical cabling topology that can simultaneously support
multiple logical networking topologies for different applications
such as Ethernet, token-ring, ATM or video.
The Structured Cabling Scheme is the 'glue' that links everything
together - from voice to data and Internet access services,
to video/multimedia and network services, such as ISDN, ADSL,
WAN and LAN. As a result structured cabling will:
- Handle voice and data in any format including computer
applications - just plug the appropriate adapter into any
socket and get started.
- Deliver quality performance and reliability thanks to
'best of breed' components from leading suppliers
- Adapt easily to rapid change, by reducing the need for
scarce and costly expertise.
With a Structured Cabling scheme, you can make moves and
changes yourself, in a matter of minutes.
Whether it's an individual changing desks or an entire department
restructuring and moving to another floor, the employees simply
plug into their new positions and are ready to get back to
work right away.
The right infrastructure comprising of network products
and structured cabling will allow you to support your communications
requirements and take advantage of developments in VoIP technology.
Your initial investment in a 'standard-based’ structured
cabling system will return many benefits including an extended
operational lifespan, predictable performance, manageability
and growth. These benefits bring increased efficiency, improved
productivity and reduced costs.
Domestic and international standard organizations have been
formed to ensure that manufactured products meet certain quality,
safety and performance 'norms' for that category and class
of product. Standard organizations such as ISO/IEC, TIA/EIA,
CENELEC and CSA have created and published standards for structured
cabling components and systems, and their specifications for
Category 5, Category 5e and Category 6 systems are widely
used and accepted in the industry today.
For the network manager, the challenge will be in selecting
a structured cabling system that will meet both current and
future needs. Whether those needs indicate the use of Category
5, Category 5e or Category 6 systems, network managers should
look for systems that not only meet but exceed the specifications
of each respective standard, thereby providing additional
performance margins to accommodate the evolution of ever more
demanding networking needs.
Standards compliance is not enough
The value of selecting standards-compliant structured cabling
components is clear; however, specifying standards-compliant
components does not automatically guarantee that these components,
once integrated into an end-to-end cabling system, will result
in a standards-compliant system. This is true for many reasons:
Not all products claiming standards-compliance are created
equal. There may be significant performance differences. A
series of marginally compliant, unmatched components may not
be capable of working together to deliver the performance
that your network demands.
The interaction of unmatched components may limit or impair
end-to-end system performance. In other words, a disparate
group of Category 5, Category 5e or Category 6 compliant components
may not result in a standards-compliant system. In fact, it
is possible to create a system whose overall performance will
be worse than the performance of the weakest component. It
doesn’t average out - it actually gets worse!
The surest solution to this standard conundrum is to select
a structured cabling system that is composed of components
that have been designed and engineered to work together as
an integrated system. Convergix can help you do this from
the needs analysis to the system acceptance, passing through
RFP/RFQ preparation, tenders coordination, supplier selection,
implementation supervision and functionality testing.