Structured Cabling the Need of the Hour

Structured Cabling the Need of the Hour

Point-to-point cabling or structured cabling is the question that most enterprises and even small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) confused about when it comes to network infrastructure. As network cabling is an important aspect of an IT environment, a good amount of careful planning and fair understanding of cabling needs are important before making a choice. So here are a few things to help you make the right choice.

Point-to-Point Cabling

Point-to-point cabling

Point-to-point cabling is the conventional cabling system that is less costly compared to other cabling systems. As the name implies, it establishes point-to-point or direct connections between servers, switches or storage units. Point-to-point cabling is ideal for small businesses with small computing needs with no scope for reconfiguration or future growth. As there are few connections, point-to-point can efficiently manage data flow.

Structured Cabling

Structured cabling creates a hierarchical network for connecting servers, switches or storage units. It is a comprehensive network of cables, tools and equipment that complies with standards like TIA-942-A and ISO 24764. In structured cabling the network topology is segmented into different areas called MDAs (Main Distribution Areas). Hence structured cabling is more organized as the cables are neatly aligned. This facilitates easy maintenance and upgrades with less possibility for human errors.

Point-to-Point Cabling Vs. Structured Cabling


Though point-to-point cabling is perfect for small businesses with few connections, its performance and reliability start to decline once your IT environment grows. Though the trend is to implement cost effective measures, deploying point-to-point cabling is not practical if there are possibilities for expansions. Not only does it increase maintenance costs but also create a mess when cables are added, moved or changed. Moreover, due to advancements in technology, the communication medium is not restricted to data alone. Today it includes video, voice, multimedia, security and so on. And point-to-point cabling is incapable of managing continuous data flow. And point-to-point cabling, being poorly organized, leads to overheating thus causing downtime and equipment failure.

Structured cabling, on the other hand, can keep pace with company needs and growth. Though there would be large upfront cost in the initial phase when compared to point-to-point cabling, it gradually results in lowered IT costs and increased employee productivity.

The use of top of rack (ToR) and end of row (EoR) equipment placement options has resulted in the coming back of point-to-point cabling. However due to its inherent limitations, it could not overcome the benefits of structured cabling.

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