Structured cabling is a type of infrastructure that supports the performance of an organisation’s cabling system or network. Structured cabling uses predefined standards based design with predefined connection points and pathways. The cabling used in a structured wiring design is specified by the bandwidth requirements of the system and is tested to ensure proper performance. The cables used in a structured wiring system will be well organized and labeled.
Although a structured cabling system may take longer to install and have a higher initial cost, the operational cost will ultimately be lower and the life cycle of the system will be longer when compared to an unstructured system.
AC/DC power, ground, copper and fiber optic are the main types of network cabling used in data centers. The interface that is available on the equipment used in the data center is the primary means for determining which type of cabling should be used.
To improve the data center deployment, organizations prefer using a mixture of copper cable and fiber optics in their network infrastructure.
In today's high-density data center, a well-designed structured cabling system increases uptime, scalability and return on investment while simultaneously decreasing your technology footprint and operating expenses.