The rapid development of new technologies is driving organizations to upgrade networks to offer instant information and more reliable solutions to end-users. More companies are switching to structured cabling systems to ensure that information flows efficiently over the network.
The Need for Instant Upgrades
Given the fast pace of business operations today and changing requirements, the reality is that there is very little to no room for error when upgrading systems. Organizations have a greater need for the latest IT equipment and because almost all operations depend on such tools and infrastructure, people demand instant upgrades to reduce downtime.
Vendors can provide products quickly, but if there a poorly designed IT infrastructure can delay the entire project. Proper planning is necessary to make the quick fix upgrade possible, without compromising quality and emptying the business budget.
Key Challenges in Cabling System Upgrade
It’s important to address any issues concerning the structured cabling system right at the planning phase to ensure that the upgrading project runs smoothly. Experts from TailWind Voice & Data recommend prioritization of the following:
- Service providers. Identify service providers available for the job site and set diverse and redundant ways of bringing the system into the facility. You should also arrange the point of entrance for each of the service providers and take note of the respective equipment requirements. These processes are all important for improving the fault tolerance of the entire cabling system design.
- Highly-functional design. You need to reorganize the cabling infrastructure in such a way that it can support converged telecommunication requirements, including video, voice, data and electronic security. This ensures optimum return on investment because it meets present and is provisioned for future infrastructure needs.
- Telecommunication rooms. The entrance facilities, main distribution frames and intermediate distribution frames must accommodate at least 20% of expansion of equipment.
- Heat maps. The heat from systems, like densely packed routers and switches, storage area networks, mainframes, and server farms with compact and blade servers may affect airflow management. Design heat maps strategically using equipment power consumption and ventilation needs.
An effective design is important in making cabling system upgrade successful. Address design issues right at the planning phase to ensure a smooth-running project.