Is it time to upgrade your network? Perhaps you are installing an all-new network. Either way, one of the primary decisions you must make is what type of cable you will use. Copper cables have led the way for traditional computer networks but in recent years, an increase in the use of fiber cabling has been seen.
Should your business build its network based on fiber technology? We think the answer is a resounding “yes”. But, we don’t want you to just take our word for it and we’re pretty sure your CEO won’t either. Instead, we want you to understand what a Fiber To The Office (FTTO) network can do for your business.
The Wonders—or Not—of Copper Cabling
To truly understand the benefits of fiber cabling, it is important to understand copper cabling. Copper rose to the top as the choice for computer networking professionals in part due to its affordable price tag. Even as fiber optic cables entered the marketplace, copper continued to dominate largely for this reason. In recent years, however, the rising cost of copper cabling coupled with the decreased cost of purchasing, installing and maintaining fiber cabling has all but eliminated this benefit.
Without a clear-cut cost benefit, the limitations of structured copper cabling have become more apparent to CEOs concerned with both performance and price, furthering the search for alternatives.
Among the problems noted with copper are:
When no other options existed, copper filled the bill well. Perhaps for some smaller businesses that have lower data transmission and use requirements, it still can. For other businesses, however, fiber cabling brings many benefits to the table.
The Wonders of Fiber Cabling
For every problem associated with copper cabling, fiber cabling offers a solution and then some. This makes now the time for IT professionals to get the approval they’ve been longing for to implement a fiber optic-based network.
With fiber cabling, businesses can:
The benefits of fiber cabling for business networks do not stop here, however. Staff efficiency and data integrity are also improved in FTTO networks when compared to structured copper cabling networks.
Efficiency and data benefits include:
The growing popularity of fiber optic cables as the backbone of business networks should be no surprise when taking into account all of the critical benefits a business can reap—all the way to the bank and back.
What Choice Will You Make?
Improved performance and simplified management may be sufficient to make an IT professional yearn for a FTTO network. Add reduced costs, enhanced business efficiency and even greater profits to the list and we think any CEO would have to agree.