How Structured Cabling Helps In Times of Crisis
Known as a ‘campus’ in the field, structured cabling is an infrastructural upgrade for data centers and servers in an organization. It usually includes components such as:
- Patch panels
- Multi-fiber/copper trunk cables
- Switch portfolios
- A structured design solution, and more.
Structured cabling makes your office look neater. But more importantly, it allows for easy maintenance, facilitates scaling solutions, and allows the system to be upgraded easily and quite effectively.
Benefits of Structured Cabling During a Crisis
By numbering and ordering cables and hierarchically structuring them, it also allows for quicker mobility, addition, and changes. This is particularly true when facing a crisis, be it a natural disaster, a cybersecurity attack, or a server malfunction.
In times of crisis, the structured cabling system identifies which cable is malfunctioning or which one needs to be pulled to take the server offline. The active ports can also be brought into or taken out of service quite easily to be serviced in a passive environment.
This way, your cybersecurity team has maximum system availability at all times, offers better redundancy against attacks, and gives your team more time to mitigate the threat. The structure of the wires also means that there is little to no risk to the active machines or switch ports, reducing downtime during maintenance and disaster recovery.
Americom makes a point of using only using switch standard, off-the-shelf parts for the structured cabling ventures (including the components and patch cables), thus making the structure easy to recover after a crisis.
Better Reliability & Longevity
Structured cabling not only includes wires for the server or data center but also extends to the building’s wires themselves. From patch panels to Ethernet cables, everything is organized better to be easily maintained and, therefore, increases their reliability and longevity.
Supporting Remote Workers
During COVID-19, companies with structured cabling were able to to quickly upgrade their systems and this allowed them to re-enter the market quickly. This also gave companies a significant edge over their competitors who had a point-to-point system in place.
During a crisis, structured cabling can be a lifeline for your cybersecurity team and a solid connection between your office and remote workers. It’s important to note that structured cabling systems aren’t temporary but keep on offering similar advantages for years to come.
However, all these benefits are entirely contingent upon who you hire for the task. Structured cabling can get extremely complicated, especially when tagging is also involved. Americom has been offering structured cabling solutions to companies for several years and can confidently say that we can help you with your needs cost-effectively and with great expertise.
Get in contact with us today to learn more about the importance of structured cabling or to book a review of your current system.