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Proper cabling choices key for efficiency

By Donna Donnowitz
October 29, 2013

Investing in fiber optics, fiber to copper solutions and higher-quality cabling in general is growing in popularity for several reasons, the chief among them being efficiency.

Efficiency concerns continue to be considerations for organizations for several reasons. Reducing operational costs, furthering green efforts and making IT networks more efficient are the most common, but automating workflow and streamlining the integration of IT and production networks are also key concerns. For any company, the reasons to invest in improved cabling for efficiency are simply too numerous to ignore.

Energy flow
The flow of energy through a business is one of the top reasons that cabling needs to be improved. Both the primary transfer of power, as well as the reduction of power draining systems, like cooling, can be affected simply by investing in more efficient cabling solutions. Fiber optics is smaller in diameter and more flexible, taking up less space and being easier to manipulate in order to improve air flow in a data center or the reduce workflow impedance in other industries. Additionally, firms will be able to streamline the migration from legacy systems to newer infrastructure by utilizing cabling and media converters that better support the use of both, eliminating energy drains due to being forced to use outdated technology for compatibility.

Going green
Beyond improving the flow of energy across a business, enhanced cabling solutions and the related technology will reduce power usage, effectively lowering a firm's carbon footprint and helping further green initiatives. While fiber optics are a popular solution for green cabling. even a strategy as simple as improving the connection between RS232 to Ethernet and related serial converter needs will enhance power optimization and eliminate drain in high-risk areas of operations.

Ultimately, businesses need to embrace such efforts today in order to remain competitive and meet the criteria for federal grants and LEED certification, among other efforts. These initiatives will boost company reputation and help bring in increased business, while doing more to help the environment and make a sustainable, positive impact on society today.

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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