Planning is the key
Whether it's cabling or breakfast

2017 NY Tech Summit: A Cabling Guy's Perspective

By: Josh Taylor | Director – CABLExpress Product Management


When guests walk into the Turning Stone Resort and Casino for NY Tech Summit, their first impression (I asked many) is that it is well organized, comfortable and everyone is accommodating. I should also mention that everyone raves about the food, especially the breakfast… more on that later!

The event seems to run seamlessly. Why? You know the answer – preparation! I would not be surprised if planning for NY Tech Summit 2018 has already started, mere days after the close of the 2017 event.NY Tech Summit 2017

So what does this have to do with cabling? 

I’ll get to what all this has to do with cabling, I promise…

My time spent at the event consists of talking with as many people as I can. I really enjoy discussing the trends, challenges and successes in the ever-changing world of Information Technology. These conversations give me great content for my video series, Respect Layer One®.

One theme that is always common in a conversation is the amount of projects/workload that organizations are managing. Things seem to always move at a hectic place.

Planning, design assistance and preparation are critical. How can you plan and prepare when things are always hectic? Sometimes you can plan ahead, sometimes you can’t, but you always should. 

The cabling aspect

This is where I tie into cabling. Not planning when new hardware is purchased usually results in a poorly cabled finished product. “Odds and ends” cables are used instead of a well-planned, well thought out deployment of top performance fiber optic cables

The cabling has become an afterthought, and it shows! I suggest you read Quality vs. Cost: The Treat of Low-Cost Cabling by my colleague Michael Palmer to get a good understanding of how serious an issue this can be.

Do yourself a favor, next time you and your team are working at breakneck speed to move a hardware install forward, pump the brakes at the planning stage and consider your cabling!

Now, as promised, more on that delicious breakfast!


About the Author

Josh Taylor is the director of CABLExpress product management, where he is responsible for all aspects of product design, support, market development, and inventory positions, including the high-performance fiber optic Skinny-Trunk® Solution.

He has published several white papers on topics including, Passive Optical Port Replication in the Data Center, Taking Your Network to 40/100G Ethernet, and Data Center Structured Cabling Guide.

In addition, he produces the informative Respect Layer One® video series.