Structured Cabling , Progressive Office Cabling
Written by Stu Kushner

Importance of Structured Cabling for Your Business

Structured cabling delivers reliable high performance while providing flexibility, lowering maintenance costs, and enabling future expansion. The following will discuss in greater detail why structured cabling infrastructure is important for your business.


Basics of Structured Cabling


A foundation for dependable telecommunications, structured cabling allows the smooth transmission of data, voice, and video in a variety of environments, including office buildings and manufacturing facilities.


Made up of several components, a structured cabling system features patch panels and trunks that connect an organization’s network cabling system to hardware. A patch panel can connect to several hardware ports when located on top of a rack. Trunks will allow linking the top patch panel to another patch panel located in the MDA (Main Distribution Area), making MACs (moves, additions, and changes) easier.


Structured Cabling vs. Point-to-Point Cabling


Point-to-point cabling (unstructured cabling) utilizes jumper fiber cables for connecting a server, storage unit, or switch to another server, storage unit, or switch directly. Thus, there is no MDA with its patch panels and trunks for connecting hardware to a data center.


Unstructured cabling is practical if your infrastructure has few connections. However, if there are many connections, structured cabling should be implemented. The following will summarize the benefits of structured cabling for a business facility with a data center.


Easier Cable Management


A structured system results in an organized and simpler cabling infrastructure, minimizing errors like unplugging the wrong hardware ports. Unstructured systems often lead to tangled cables that can cause equipment damage or personnel injury. A structured system will make carrying out necessary MACs faster and easier. This results in greater flexibility than unstructured cabling.


Cost Effective


Implementing a structured system is initially more expensive, but there are benefits. As MACs are easier, structured cabling cuts cabling maintenance costs. It also creates a scalable network that can provide high bandwidth, decreasing the expansion cost. Structured systems also promote employee productivity and efficiency, increasing profitability.


Minimizes Downtime


Structured cabling decreases the possibility of human error that can lead to downtime. They also have greater reliability and longer service lives than unstructured systems.

Maintenance tasks and repairs are easier to perform, reducing downtime.


Progressive Office Cabling


Founded in 1986, Progressive Office’s success has resulted directly from years of commitment to seeking cost-effective solutions. Progressive teams are committed to getting your data cabling, access control, and telecom systems installed and operating while minimizing disruption and downtime. Call our toll free number (800) 614-4560 today.

About Stu Kushner

Stu Kushner earned an Engineering Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there he worked at Boeing Commercial Aircraft, Hexcel Corporation and Case-Rixon as a computer design engineer and systems manager. He now works as the marketing director and project manager here at Progressive Office since its founding in 1986.