Avoid Costly Network Problems. Respect Layer One

Avoid Costly Network Problems. Respect Layer One

IT pros love the latest and greatest technology; when new technologies are announced they want to learn all about it. And even more than that, they want to use it.  

And who can blame people for wanting to use the latest and greatest technology?

Race Car or Jalopy?

High Performance requires quality componentsIT pros want to implement top-end technology on the networks, that's a no-brainer. There’s just one thing. What is that top end technology built on? The answer to that makes a big difference. Would an Indy car team have a vehicle with the most advanced engine but decide to use cheap tires?

Obviously, this would be foolish for several reasons.

  1. You’re only as good as the foundation you’re built on
  2. Major limitations on performance and reliability
  3. No protection on your investment

The same is true for IT.

The race car example is a lot like your IT infrastructure, except your cables and layer one infrastructure are the tires. The reality is that far too many people are guilty of overlooking this aspect of their network often resulting in very expensive and disastrous consequences.

Whether you are aware or not, the fact is that all types of network failures occur because of problems with network cables and cabling infrastructure. The two major mistakes people make are:

Respect Layer One - High Performance Cables1. Buying Cheap/Low-Quality Cables

This is just a bad idea. Contrary to what some people think, not all cables are created equal. In fact, that is far from the truth. If your business relies on your network (and you know it does) you are rolling the dice when you buy cheap cables. The difference in quality and performance are striking. Why invest in expensive applications and software your network can't support them because of poor performing cables?

2. Unorganized/Messy Cables

Like just about anything in life, disorganization leads to mistakes. Plus, it makes troubleshooting and correcting mistakes extremely difficult when you have to sort through a tangled web. Investing in an organized, methodical cabling solution can make a huge difference in identifying a problem and saving time when fixing it. It’s always a good idea to implement a quality structured cabling system that complies to the proper cabling standards.

If you want race car performance and reliability from your network, you need high-quality cables capable of supporting your network as part of an organized cabling system. This will be the foundation that allows your high-end technology to operate worry-free at an optimal level.

At a relatively low cost, investing in your layer one infrastructure will help you realize a solid ROI, decrease your costs of ownership, and protect your investments in other technology and applications that are critical to your business operations.

Dollar for dollar, this might be the smartest investment in your network.