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Why Structured Cabling is Essential to your Organisation

The term Structured Cabling describes a standardised way of connecting wires, allowing computers and electronics to communicate and network. Structured Cabling is a type of infrastructure that supports the performance of an organisations network. It acts like the glue that connects all the computers, phones and devices together. 

A properly designed and installed Structured Cabling system provides a cabling infrastructure that delivers predictable performance as well as the flexibility to accommodate changes, maximise system availability, future proof your business, and provides the capability to embrace IoT (Internet of Things).

Structured Cabling put simply is an organised approach to your cabling infrastructure. Normal cabling is defined as point to point, where a cable is run directly to and from devices that need connectivity. In a structured cabling system, a series of patch panels and trunks are used to create a structure that enables devices to be connected, moved or removed without the need to pull in new cables each time a change occurs. All patch panels are cabled back to a main distribution area where all moves, adds and changes take place with the use of patch leads. Patch leads are small cables used to link patch panels together to create circuits.

Below, this blog will explore in depth the benefits of having a structured cabling network and describe how an organisation can benefit from our specialists at Pinacl:

  • Lower Maintenance Costs Fibre Optic cables or category 6 cables rarely fail, but on the rare occasion that they do, having a properly installed cabling structure can ensure it’s faster to identify problems and easier to replace the cables.
  • Faster Transmission Faster transmission is essential to businesses these days with many businesses feeling that they wait for an age to download files with their traditional circuits. Many companies therefore want to move data to the point of use as quickly as possible and having a structured cabling system that is capable of supporting 100mbps or even 10Gbps allows them to achieve this.
  • Future Proofing your Business One of the biggest benefits of a Structured Cabling system is the high bandwidth that it allows. This infrastructure will be able to facilitate business growth better than an unstructured cabling system because it is adaptable and scalable.
  • Embracing IoT Infrastructure plays an increasingly critical role in enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). Whether providing a wired or wireless connection to devices the IoT is evolving to meet customers’ needs for better data in real time.
  • Reduced Risk of Downtime There is a high risk of mistakes being made with multiple unorganised cabling structures, which can have a profound effect on workflow and increase the amount of downtime. Having a well-documented cabling plan will ensure that downtime costs are minimised and that troubleshooting problems in the future is made easier and more efficient.

In summary having a structured cabling network will provide both long term and short term benefits such as cost saving through lower maintenance costs, faster speeds which is essential to businesses and also having the capability to future proof your business and ensure your network is ready to embrace the Internet of Things. 

At Pinacl we have a strong heritage in Structured Cabling services and solutions and we continue to bolster our portfolio of services. Our in-house team can design, install and maintain cabling infrastructures of all standards and technologies. 

Our broad product portfolio ranges from all the leading cabling manufactures and utilises leading edge technology solutions. Pinacl not only provide cabling services on a national level, but thanks to our Global Delivery Alliance (PGDA) are able to deliver services across the globe. The PGDA is an association of accredited and experienced organisations which has been formed to provide a single route to market for all aspects of IT.

To find out more about how Pinacl could benefit your organisation visit our PGDA page here or email enquiries@pinaclsolutions.com