When investing in new or additional IT, it is likely that the first thing you think about will be the technology itself. However, the cabling infrastructure supporting your IT is also essential to ensuring your business functions effectively and efficiently. Cabling planning is often a process which is overlooked, but neglecting to take time with this can result in some serious problems down the line.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are 4 things that should be at the top of your agenda when thinking about your office cabling plan.
Look to the future
While it’s easy to think about implementing changes to your business as they happen, it is wise to keep the future in mind. Carrying out multiple changes to your IT infrastructure will time and can be costly, so having a vision for your IT’s future will keep the cost down and is a more efficient solution. Consider the size of your current network, how you expect it to grow as well as the environment you’re placing the cabling into – will this expand at some point?
Make cost-effective investments
When it comes to cabling, it’s not always the smartest move to choose the cheaper option. Poor or rash planning can lead to chaos further down the line, which can end up costing even more in the long run. Think of your cabling as any other IT investment you make – assess the direct cost, but also plan ahead to how you can save the most money and help improve efficiency in your business.
Test cabling installation
Once cabling is installed, it can be difficult to access it and make changes, especially if it runs through ceilings, walls and floors. Because of this, it’s important to arrange for a certified tester to carry out a survey of your cabling once it’s been installed. This will also allow you to identify and issues and make sure everything is working as it should.
The handling and organisation of cables can actually have a big effect on their performance. In many cases, cables that haven’t been properly planned out in advance may be placed in areas where they are susceptible to damage. As the key to IT performance, it is important to understand the space in which cabling should be stored. This problem is most commonly seen in server rooms, which are often filled with old cables, cardboard boxes and office rubbish.
Whether your business is expanding its infrastructure or needing a brand new cable installation, it is always useful to have a cabling professional on hand to help with the planning and offer guidance.