Many data centers fall into the trap of old school point-to-point cabling practices which can result in a tangled mess of costly mistakes. By installing cabling the proper way with a true structured cabling solution you can:
Of course every successful project requires some planning. So once you do your due diligence on design you’ll find that costs for proper port replication and structured cabling for your new SANs are much higher than expected. Running long LC-LC patch cords 100+ feet might initially take less time and money than installing trunks, panels and harnesses, but it doesn’t have the lasting benefits of a well-designed structured cabling system.
To an IT pro the cost seems very justifiable - since it’s a true structured solution that will be future-proofing your data center. However, justifying the high costs to the non-technical purchasing department approving your budget may be more of a challenge.
Selling your decommissioned network equipment is a great way to help offset the costs of cabling. Having an experienced partner in the secondary market of used IT equipment can help.
When you work with an experienced, reputable company who can buy back your old network equipment, phones, switches, and more for top dollar, you get options. You can get a check mailed directly to you, or just leave the money as a credit on your account and put it toward cabling or even new network equipment. By leaving the money on account, your organization’s overall PO cost of ordering new cabling would be highly reduced since part of the money is sitting waiting for you. Now your old equipment that was just collecting dust has saved you precious budget dollars and helped you further maximize your investment.
At the end of the project you will have the structured cabling solution you want and you’ll have saved your organization tons of money… You’ll be a hero!
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