Infrastructure, Cabling, Networking
Every new Sundial employee goes through an extensive training program that starts with the same task: physically terminating and testing the common Category 6 network cable used through the computer world. This is an education frequently amiss in IT professionals, even those who claim high positions in the computing world.
Basic, physical network cabling and connecting equipment is the backbone of any business environment. Even if your business makes extensive use of wireless access points, they are still connected and powered by Category networking cable. Every Sundial employee must demonstrate effective knowledge of terminating, running, connecting, and organizing these cables before they can move on -regardless of other knowledge or anticipated job duties.
Network wiring, both copper and fiber, must never limit application, file, and network services. It must have enough overhead and reliability to grow with a business for many years. It must be future-proof to expand to horizon technologies. All other IT implementations are built on the back of a strong physical network, one that must perform at the speed of business expansion.
Management of wiring, especially when it comes time to move or expand our clients, is one of Sundial’s key tenants. By staying on top of Category wiring, and its emerging trends like CAT 6A/6E/7 wire, we can plan and implement networks that are not easily outdated. 10GBPS networking is the foreseeable future, and any moves or new locations we are involved in are at least partially prepped to take advantage of this technology.
Sundial, through our outsourced IT Department approach, offers businesses a chance to work with licensed and insured California low voltage contractors to implement fast, effective, high quality networks that are resistant to cross-talk and maintenance problems even in demanding environments.
Sundial can provide an extensive portfolio of examples of past telcom wiring implementations. These examples include complex, multi-rack environments, low temperature controlled environments, and fiber environments. All of our wiring, both Category and Fiber, is designed for functionality and aesthetic appeal – we want you to be proud of your IT infrastructure, and we want it to perform in a way that enables increased output.
|Typical Implementation Schedule:|
|Assess anticipated network size, including for five years of growth plus excess.|
|Access physical environment and challenges.|
|Determine potential technologies and speed and bandwidth requirements.|
|Select between copper and fiber cabling.|
|Pull, terminate, electrically test, and digitally test wire.|
|Provide a 1 year warranty on all cabling.|
Our electrician says “Cat 5” is all we need?
The evolution of Category network cabling took a long break between ~2003 and ~2013. Category 5E cable can operate at Gigabit speeds in most environments, which is sufficient for most business uses. CAT 5E now represent a significant bottleneck to Solid State-based servers and workstations. Any new wiring implementation should consider, at a bare minimum, the use of modern 10GBPS wire in server racks and between server racks and edge switches.
Why would our business use Fiber?
“Fiber” or lightwave cable sends digital information using light pulses instead of electrical current. Fiber cable is appropriate to situations that demand the best and fastest speed – but it is also generally less expensive when running more than a certain distance (100M) or running at faster speeds due to more supporting equipment.