Reading through a whitepaper from an industry leader in structured cable certification and realized the importance and cost savings that comes from the certification process. Here is a summation of their findings:
Cable Certification Less Expensive Than Downtime
Running the numbers against enterprise sized environments showed that for an average cost of $750 worth of cable certification and repair the business was able to insure themselves against $67,000 of downtime. Consider how much each hour of downtime is worth to your organization then think about how much even 8 hours of downtime per year will cost you – that is the difference between 99.9% and 99.99% uptime.
Product Warranties Don’t Cover Workmanship
Even if you have product warranties from the manufactures of your network equipment and cable there is no guarantee as to the quality of the installation without cable certification.
Certification & Re-certification
The idea here is to future proof your business by making sure that cabling exceeds the current standards. This often can lead to extended return on investment (ROI) when newer technology standards are introduced and the current cabling can go through cable certification again to prove that it meets those standards. For example many Cat6 installations that originally were thought to be running at 1Gbps have been proven to run at 10Gbps over short distances thereby saving the company money and expanding their network bandwidth.
Cable Certification Saves Money
Landlords are mentioned here as a direct beneficiary of the cost savings inherent in cable certification. The costs of certifying a building full of cable prior to new tenants moving in is minimal in comparison with the cost of running all new wires – often only 5-10% of the cost.
Instead of demolishing current cable infrastructure to comply with National Electric Code standards of removing abandoned cabling, why not have the cable certification done to mark it for future use? It saves money and the environment
No-name copper vendors are putting out so-called Cat5 or Cat6 cables that are manufacture outside the country with inferior goods and facilities. This is then used by unscrupulous installers to lower their overall costs whether or not they pass that savings on to the client. To avoid the use of these inferior cables make sure to only use vendors that supply cable certification for their work.
If your company is unsure about their current structured cable infrastructure or is looking to have new network cabling done, then contact us for assistance.