Upgrading the Structured Cabling of Your Company – Part 1

18 Mar 2019

When your company expands and network requirements change, it may be a great opportunity to perform a structured cabling upgrade. As is frequently the case, networks undergo unpredictable growth, resulting in technicians adding a variety of hardware of inconsistent quality from several different manufacturers one device at a time.


Typically, network performance decreases with each new item of equipment added. There may come a moment when the network is incapable of supporting user traffic. This article will discuss steps a business can take to prevent this situation.



Site Survey


Performing a site survey will allow the network development team to gather information regarding your facility and current cabling system. The study will provide data that will be the project’s foundation. A site survey will usually involve the items summarized below.




  • Determination of the amount and kinds of devices required for particular wired and wireless functions.

  • Note the configurations loaded onto current devices.

  • Create the physical layout of the current network infrastructure.

  • Sketch locations of cable runs, wiring closets, and outlets on a floor plan, making a physical topology a reference during the upgrade.

  • Map logical topology to display data pathways and locations of functions like routing.


Network Requirements


The network development team will meet with company personnel to determine current network requirements. Interviewing all departments will provide the most accurate projection of future network needs. The information the team will need is summarized below.




  • The present count of network users and the number expected to be added over the next year.

  • Which applications the network infrastructure must support. For example, will video conferencing and VoIP need to be supported by the structured cabling?

  • Which new services are presently needed or will be needed that the existing network does not now support.

  • Expectations regarding uptime and dependability will help determine required system redundancies.


Part 2 will discuss Analysis Report, Choosing Cabling & Devices, and Installation, Testing & Evaluation.



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Properly Planning the Cabling of Your New Office – Part 2

4 Mar 2019

As discussed in Part 1, relocating your company to a new office can be quite challenging and costly. This article will discuss several factors to be considered while properly planning the cabling of your new office. Part 2 will discuss Health & Safety, Future Expansion, Structured Cabling, and Early Consultations.



Health & Safety


An important consideration is the wiring layout methods used in terms of the safety and mobility of employees and visitors in the new office location. Tangles of wires connecting equipment or lying on the floors uncovered will be hazards. Improperly stored cabling can block emergency exits and block the ventilation for cooling server rooms. Check with a professional cabling firm regarding compliance with regulations.



Future Expansion


After studying market projections, you may anticipate your company growing and expanding, so your team will need to prepare for accommodating more bandwidth, computers, servers, phones, power usage, data storage, and upgrades. Consideration should be given regarding your existing setup and how the new office can be configured to allow flexibility for revisions and expansion in the future.



Structured Cabling


Improvised installations of cabling for data, networking, and communications by several different contractors will likely prevent the creation of an efficient and integrated IT infrastructure. In addition, the costs for the management and maintenance will be more expensive because of the various systems and mixture of equipment.


A structured cabling system will be much easier to utilize, maintain, reconfigure, and repair. This is made possible by using best practices for the configurations and connections for cabling, power, and communications. Adaptability is one of the great advantages of structured cabling because it allows the future proofing of infrastructure.



Early Consultations


Holding early consultations with engineers, cooling technicians, communications and network experts, and cabling contractors will be necessary because there will be numerous projects and tasks to properly plan and coordinate while meeting deadlines and staying within the budget.



Progressive Office Cabling


Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking solutions on behalf of our clients. Efficiently working together, Progressive teams get cabling installed and operating as fast as possible while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll free number (800) 614-4560 today.

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How to Get Your Small Business Network Up and Ready

21 Jan 2019

Cat6 Fiber Cabling Company PittsburghThe creation of a small business network begins with a foundation of routers and switches. Below is a simple overview that will help you make a plan for what your company’s network will require.



Differentiating Between Switches and Routers


Creating a small business network will require two types of equipment: switches and routers. Although they appear alike, these two devices have different roles.


Switches will provide the connections between several devices, such as computers, servers, and printers, on a network inside a facility. A switch allows devices that are connected to share information and communicate with each other. Your network will not be able to function if there aren’t any switches to connect devices to each other.


Routers link several networks. When creating a small business network, one or more routers will be required. A router provides the connection to the Internet for networked computers. It allows them to share one Internet connection, performing as a dispatcher and selecting the best routes for the transmittal of information. A router links your company to the rest of the globe, protecting data from cyber security threats. It is also capable of prioritizing a network’s computers.



Solid Foundation


Below are basic steps that will help you build a solid foundation for your small business network.


Purchase only business-grade routers and switches for dependable data transmissions and communications. Home or mass consumer network equipment will be unable to cope with commercial requirements as your business expands.


Your small business network should be capable of scaling, allowing the addition of functions and features as your organization grows. Features that you may add in the future may include CCTV, VoIP, internal messaging, and wireless apps.


Ease of installation, reliability, and redundancy should be emphasized to make changes and upgrades easier, and to promote growth in the future.



Progressive Office Cabling


Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking solutions on behalf of our clients. Efficiently working together, Progressive teams get cabling installed and operating as fast as possible while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll free number (800) 614-4560 today.

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How to Optimize your Company’s Data Center – Part 2

22 Dec 2018

Fiber Cabling Company DC Pittsburgh PA Atlanta GAAs discussed in Part 1, companies that process significant volumes of data are constantly searching for methods that will maximize their existing data centers. Part 2 will cover Physical-Layer Management and Transitioning to Optimized Infrastructure.



Physical-Layer Management


Data centers can also optimize their operations by employing physical-layer management for cabling, patch panels, and fiber frames. Physical-layer management revolves around the utilization of cabling with intelligent patch panels, fiber frames, and patch cords for registering the connection state and type of each circuit and updating database records.


A physical-layer management system deploys an embedded chip on every patch cord which interfaces with managed patch panels or fiber frames. These chips transmit data about the connecting components, including the unique ID number for every cable assembly and component, performance ratings, assembly lengths, cable colors, polarity, part numbers, and manufacturer locations and dates. Upon connecting a patch cord, the physical-layer management system begins transmitting and documenting to advise the operator regarding the connected equipment.


Physical-layer management systems are capable of working independently or integrating via middleware with other network-management systems or data center infrastructure management (DCIM). As a result, the network management team will not be required to become familiar with a new interface or tool for managing the data center.



Transitioning to Optimized Infrastructure


Deciding on what needs to be upgraded and when to do so are critical steps. As previously mentioned, standardizing infrastructure and implementing physical-layer management will be required for full optimization. However, the process can be accomplished in incremental stages. Perhaps standardization can commence one component at a time as determined by the resources available to an organization.


The expansion or construction of a data center must be considered by management in light of its remaining capacity. Tools that measure the performances of standardized infrastructure and physical-layer management will allow technicians to accurately evaluate current capabilities and assess how much optimization is possible.



Progressive Office Cabling


Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking solutions on behalf of our clients in the Washington, D.C. and New York City areas. Efficiently working together, Progressive teams get cabling installed and operating as fast as possible while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll free number (800) 614-4560 today.

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How to Optimize Your Company’s Data Center – Part 1

12 Dec 2018

Office Cat6 Cabling Pittsburgh PACompanies that process significant volumes of data are constantly searching for methods that will maximize their existing data centers. User demand is projected to increase rapidly due to the booming growth of video and mobile device usage for business. Optimization can be accomplished through a number of methods.



Virtualization


Virtualization optimizes server and switching infrastructure through the placement of frequently used servers and switches in the same location. The placement of cooling resources there will also increase cooling efficiency and conserve power. Other methods that minimize costs involve co-location and cloud storage.



Passive Infrastructure Standardization


Perhaps underutilized for data center optimization is passive infrastructure standardization. Passive infrastructure is comprised of the products needed to support a data center’s active equipment. This includes copper and fiber cabling, cabinets, racks, and pathway solutions. Structured cable management is crucial for standardizing passive infrastructure, so technicians must properly route patch and trunk cables. Below are four aspects of employing standardized passive infrastructure.


Fiber – When considering fiber structured cabling, management must decide whether to select single-mode or multimode fiber. Less costly, multimode fiber is ideal for shorter runs, such as those between racks in the same row or within the same rack. However, for longer runs spanning mega data centers or between several data centers, the preferred practice is using single-mode fiber.


Operations – In constant flux, data centers frequently undergo changes, additions, and moves. Technicians who perform tasks with standardized infrastructure can finish their tasks faster and with less effort. Moreover, a standardized infrastructure will be less costly.


Reliability – Standardized infrastructure with proper cable management reduces the potential for bent or broken fibers because there’s a proper place for every cable.


Cooling Costs – Using the correct diameter cabling will often increase airflow surrounding active equipment. Smaller diameters will decrease cooling and energy costs, with cooling costs representing the greatest expense in running a data center.


Part 2 will discuss Physical-Layer Management and Transitioning to Optimized Infrastructure.



Progressive Office Cabling


Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has been a direct result of years of commitment to seeking solutions on behalf of our client. Efficiently working together, Progressive teams get cabling installed and operating as fast as possible while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll free number (800) 614-4560 today.