4 factors to think about when planning your office cabling

4 factors to think about when planning your office cabling

The infrastructure that underpins your IT is as crucial to its performance as any of the technology that you invest in. That infrastructure – namely the cabling – is essential to ensuring that business IT functions effectively and yet often very little attention is paid to cabling planning. There can be some serious downsides to this, including impacting on the performance of your business IT. So, what do you really need to think about when planning your office cabling?

1. Make cost effective investments

When you’re planning cabling it’s not always the smartest move to simply choose the options that will come in under budget. Poor cabling planning can lead to disorganisation and chaos further down the line, which can end up costing more to fix. Like every other investment that you make in IT for your business, when you’re planning cabling the cost should be assessed, not just on the basis of direct expense, but also how the right planning can improve efficiency and help to maximise both performance and opportunities.

2. Look to the future

It’s natural to plan for your cabling needs right now but a smarter approach would be to incorporate your IT vision for the immediate future too. Where do you think your IT needs will be in five years time? It’s important to consider the size of the network, and how you expect it to grow, as well as the physical environment that you’re deploying the cabling into. You might also want to take into account trends and market predictions, both for technology and also for your own industry.

3. Testing cabling installation

It’s important to plan to have a certified tester carry out an examination of your office cabling once it has been installed or expanded. It’s difficult to access cabling once it is in place, especially as much of it runs through floors, walls and ceilings. With the proper testing you’ll be able to identify any issues immediately and ensure everything is performing to expectations. This will provide quality assurance in terms of the cabling work that has been done and also peace of mind about the IT infrastructure that you’ve invested in.

4. Getting organised

The way that cables are handled and organised can have a big influence over performance and longevity. In many organisations, cables that have not been properly planned for may be exposed in vulnerable positions and they may easily become damaged or destroyed – which will affect IT performance. Proper planning for cables includes installation in a location where they will be protected. Often, the server room is where a lack of organisation with cables is the most obvious. It’s here that many of the cables in the business run to and yet all too often the server room is filled with office debris, boxes or unwanted furniture and cables are not properly arranged and organised. As cabling holds the key to IT performance, it’s important to respect the spaces in which it is stored.

We can help you to ensure that your office cabling is properly arranged and planned for, whether you’re expanding – or installing cabling into a brand new location. Contact us to find out more.

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