The key for today's IT leaders is to build a network infrastructure that will support the organization today and well into the future. While the structured cabling system represents a small portion of the overall network investment, it
can represent nearly 80% of your network efficiency. It’s also the bedrock upon which any organization is built.
As a structured cabling provider, Black Box can help you plan and execute a structured cabling system that's optimized to provide reliable communications, regardless of what applications the future brings. A structured cabling infrastructure that supports your wired and wireless networks will give you a flexible growth model and a way to implement the ever-evolving technologies for data transformation, smart buildings and IoT.
Whether you’re building a new location or want to upgrade your existing infrastructure, bring smart office technology with you. Black Box is the only partner you need.
CAT6A is the cable of choice for future-proofing infrastructures and here are six good reasons why.
There are five big changes in 568-2.D that make it different than its predecessors.
We can give you uniform, standardized IT at one site, one-hundred, or one-thousand sites.
A smartly planned structured cabling infrastructure can enable transformation at the intelligent digital edge now and for years to come. We can design, deploy, and manage structured cabling systems for one site or a global deployment.
The Internet of Things is driving transformation. Integrate the physical world with the digital world resulting in improved efficiencies, greater innovation, and better user experiences.
Meet escalating data network storage needs and multimedia communication support with a trusted partner who has large-scale implementation capabilities and technical expertise.
Leaverage the experience of thousands of specialized technicians to minimize disruption, free up internal resources, and provide consistent and repeatable outcomes across your enterprise.
Support your mobile-first strategy by providing connections for the multiple wireless technologies that enable rapid and reliable wired access to information and resources.
A structured cabling system that’s smartly designed takes careful planning, even for the most seasoned professional. It’s much more than just pulling cable through the ceiling. It’s a complex undertaking that involves integrating different technologies and cabling types, projecting future capacity requirements, and making sure the whole system operates smoothly and reliably. Find out what you need to consider when planning a structured cabling system.Read White Paper
Like its counterparts around the country, one midwestern health system was setting up outdoor triage tents to test and assess patients in a safe area. The hospital called Black Box for our expertise in cabling, but they had one request: the project had to be done in eight hours. Black Box quickly installed the heavy-duty, outdoor cable in just one day and provided emergency support for move, add, and change requests.
A large financial services company, and longtime Black Box customer, called us on a Saturday with an urgent request. The company needed 50,000 CATx patch cords delivered to their east coast headquarters by Monday. The cables were going to be used to enable remote workers. The Black Box team dropped everything and went to work immediately. The team sourced and shipped nearly 40,000 cables from our own technology products division warehouse and the rest from other suppliers and other Black Box inventories. To accomplish this two-day turnaround took an incredible team effort, especially over a weekend. The cables arrived as promised on Monday morning, and the company was able to set up its remote workforce.
Read more about how to solve challenges of deploying IT in Connected Buildings and in dispersed, multisite enterprises.
By Ronna Davis, CommScope
I’m a proud bargain shopper. I love nothing more than getting a great product or service for a great price. I may put more effort into bargain hunting than most, but I believe most people appreciate a good deal. My extensive shopping experience tells me that Category 6A cabling is the best technology bargain available today.
Often my teammates and I are asked by clients about the cost difference between Category 6 and 6A cabling. While pricing discussions can be uncomfortable for everyone involved, I enjoy having this discussion. There’s not many instances where you get so much more capability with so little additional investment than upgrading from Category 6 to 6A for your network.
The upgrade costs vary from 10 to 20 percent depending on network architectures and your local labor markets. That’s not to suggest 10 to 20 percent isn’t a significant budget consideration -- it is. However, it’s important to remember that it’s an additional 10 to 20 percent on approximately 5 percent of your overall IT budget.
That’s right. While the performance of all your IT systems is highly dependent on the performance of your structured cabling system, it makes up a relatively small part of your IT budget. Your structured cabling system is typically expected to last through 2-3 technology refreshes. If it doesn’t last, it will have negative implications on your IT budget. And nobody wants to consider the cost and disruption of a refresh if the cabling has been under specified.
So, what do you really get for your additional investment in Category 6A?
I have yet to find a bargain that matches that of upgrading from Category 6 to 6A. It’s literally 1,000 percent more performance for 10 to 20 percent more cost. It’s the network equivalent of getting a Tesla Model S P90D that goes 0-60 in under 3 seconds for only 20 percent more cost than the 2012 Mia Electric Car that goes 0-60 in 30 seconds. The Mia retailed for approximately $17,000 USD in 2012. Could you pass up the Tesla for $20,400? Precisely.
That’s why Category 6A is the best technology bargain available today.
Happy bargain hunting!
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Begin Your Digital Transformation With Structured Cabling
The greatest resource challenge for IT services is the day-to-day management of your company’s network. With the rapid evolution of new technologies and daily challenges that arise, Black Box Services can offer transparent monitoring, maintenance and troubleshooting your network needs to thrive.
The goal of an external IT service is to provide detailed solution options that meet both strategic and tactical objectives. Black Box begins this process by gathering your data, identifying your requirements and collaborating with you on the architectural and support data points that we can assess and evaluate as your business grows. Our experienced technicians have the knowledge to help you begin your digital transformation.
A smart structured cabling system is a complex process that takes careful planning. Black Box wants your system to run reliably so your company is ready for expansion. Future capacity requirements are just one of the considerations made when designing your structured cabling system. We will ensure your network is running as efficiently as possible with the best cable and software available.