A cabling infrastructure is no longer something for only “tech” companies. Everyone is now wired. Fiber cabling infrastructures are no longer a cost, they are now an investment! Maximizing your ROI for your cabling infrastructure is now a key factor in the growth of the data communications for an entity. In other words, if you have a proper cabling infrastructure it will allow for change and your business will be able to grow much more quickly. All of us understand that growth and change are critical factors in the success of any business. Think about it – the cabling infrastructure is attached to everything. Most data runs over this infrastructure and data is everywhere! There are three keys to future proofing your cabling infrastructure that can make or break your organization’s success.
First, connector choice is critical. The MTP® connector should be utilized specifically within the data center for trunking and potentially to other areas of the infrastructure. The MTP® allows the most flexibility of any connector footprint at this time. As hardware connector requirements change, the MTP® allows for quick and easy adjustments.
Next is performance. This is simple – as speeds increase, optical loss budgets decrease. High performance fiber optic cabling assemblies and components are needed to obtain a cabling infrastructure that has overall high performance. This is most easily identified and measured by insertion loss.
Structured Cabling Design
Last but not least is overall structured cabling design. Following the TIA-942 standard for cabling design is imperative. This design allows for the most flexibility for future upgrades and changes. This translates to the least amount of disruption to the cabling infrastructure during any changes.
Understanding these three factors will help turn your fiber cabling infrastructure into an asset rather than a liability. There are many positive outcomes of this, including reducing overall labor on the cabling infrastructure, significantly reducing full “rip and replace” cabling projects, the reduction of hardware upgrade budgets and minimizing the need for overall additional cabling.