The Drawbacks of Structured Cabling
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The Drawbacks of Structured Cabling

Lester D'Souza, Enterprise Networking Mag | Thursday, April 07, 2022

A structured cabling design establishes a complete and well-organized telecommunications infrastructure that enables businesses and organizations, as well as government entities, to send data, voice, alarms, video, and signals via this telecommunications network.

FREMONT, CA: All businesses require computers, fax machines, phones, printers, scanners, and security systems—all of which must be connected! And connections necessitate a plethora of cords.

The most critical aspect of a network administrator's job is to maintain the network operational. However, a sizable proportion of these executives have encountered network downtime due to a shoddy cabling system. Unfortunately, cabling is sometimes disregarded, resulting in a monstrous tangle of tangled cables in back rooms or even beneath employees' feet. A structured cabling system is a solution.

Data transmissions, computer networking, and a dependable telephone system are necessary components of today's office architecture. Fluid interconnectivity across multiple communication mediums and interfaces are critical for the efficient operation of day-to-day business operations, so the cabling that supports said interconnectivity must be both physically robust and technologically advanced enough to support complex computer or telephone networks.

Not ideal for tiny server rooms, as structured cable solutions typically make more sense when scaled for greater infrastructure demands. Rack-level management enables ToR (top of rack) alternatives to be more viable in small-scale networks. A compelling feature of ToR cabling is how much it reduces the need for structured cabling, which is a reasonable constraint when designing lighter networks.

Because structured cabling is designed for universality and device agnosticism, it is not always capable of meeting the needs of "boutique" or highly specific IT infrastructure requirements. While structured cabling networks are generally very customizable and may be adapted to almost any parameter imaginable. However, such configuration or tailoring is just as likely to reduce the cost-effectiveness of structured cabling to increase its functionality. For elite operations seeking to manage network connectivity following extremely specified or narrowly defined functionality, structured cabling's capabilities may appear relatively vague or imprecise. With interconnectivity and device-agnostic networks rapidly becoming the definition of the US economy, structured cabling's broad, cost-effective and energy-efficient nature is certain to meet the IT infrastructure needs of many larger operations.

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