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Cabling comes in handy during a disaster

By Max Burkhalter
November 2, 2012
Have you spent any time lately thinking about whether the cabling in your data center, office or interconnect system can withstand a disaster? Chances are that you haven't. But the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy is putting disaster recovery in the limelight and many businesses are taking a close look at their ability to withstand a disaster. In many cases, cabling is overlooked.

There's just one problem with not thinking about all of the wires running through your facility - they are your lifeblood during a disaster. If you have staff members trying to keep the data center running during a hurricane and an important cable snaps, they no longer have as much control over the facility. Furthermore, they may not be able to get information about what is going on outside. This can lead to major problems in terms of keeping people informed about the storm and capable of preparing for changes in conditions.

The importance of cabling is especially evident in emergency operations centers, where protecting people is the core competency. According to a recent Cabling Installation & Maintenance report, the EOC in Lee County, Florida, is working on a major facility upgrade largely driven by the need for cabling upgrades.

Cabling's importance in disasters
The news source explained that the old EOC in Lee County has been around for decades and the age of the cabling systems made them vulnerable to breaking. Furthermore, the system did not have enough bandwidth to meet advanced reporting and storm tracking capabilities, which are vital to operations in such a setting. The new facility is being equipped with advanced cabling solutions designed to overcome these problems.

Specialty facilities are not the only ones that have to be ready for a disaster. In an emergency, any building can end up saving somebody's life or put them at risk. By equipping offices and data centers with advanced cabling systems that can withstand extreme conditions, organizations put their employees in a position of safety and protect their data and financial assets.

Taking advantage of media conversion
One of the challenges associated with developing reliable cabling infrastructure is controlling costs. Fiber-optic network systems have long been important in backhaul, but they are also becoming critical in many other data center and facility-related functions. However, Ethernet is still king in most end-user operations. As a result, fiber to Ethernet media converters play a vital role in enabling organizations to use robust fiber and copper systems in a strategic and cost-effective way.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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