The ability to expand your operations cost-effectively in the future depends largely on how you design your voice and data communication systems today. Many systems are ‘terminal’, and cannot be added to. They must be replaced. This reinvestment in all new equipment, and the disposal of outgrown yet perfectly good equipment can be prohibitively expensive. Such a situation can prevent expansion and cost your business valuable market share opportunities.
Systems built with equipment racks and cabinets are designed with expansion in mind. Their modular, “plug and play” architecture allows for virtually unlimited growth. System maintenance is easier with rack systems. Down time is minimized in the event of hardware failure, as a replacement unit can be quickly mounted, plugged in and operational in minutes. Cabling trays are ceiling mounted beds, almost like long shelves, designed to hold the cables above the work areas, whether open as in a warehouse or industrial area, or above a drop ceiling in an office environment. Access to cables in trays is much easier than those buried in walls or in conduit (which also restricts the number of cables depending on diameter). Trays also allow for a much greater expansion over the life of the system when compared to conduit systems, but they do still have a fill capacity so it’s important that they are sized to match your particular needs.
Depending on the current and projected size requirements of your system, trays, racks and/or cabinets may be right for your business. Cobalt Communications can help you determine which type of system would be most cost-effective, and which would be best for your future growth plans.