We install all power and data and patch cabling based on a number of key elements:
Keep It Simple
We always aim to keep the standards, labelling and routing simple. This may sound a little glib but installations can become over complex for no real reason. Simple often means less cost and easier, faster management and maintenance. Too many cable colours, overly complex labelling and badly designed cable routing and management often just become ignored as they are too onerous to maintain and support.
Every cable, always labelled. It’s a simple principle that every one of our engineers works to. Whether it is power, copper or fibre, every cable always gets labelled with a unique ID at both ends (whether the client wants it or not). This hits two main elements for us i) when labelled, it enables us to check our work and ensure accuracy easily ii) it helps the client manage their environment more effectively and cuts down on troubleshooting time. Coupled with some colour coding and identification becomes even easier. Most clients, we find, soon adopt a standard and regime of cable labelling. Device labelling is also absolutely essential and we always ID equipment on the front and rear to ensure correct identification can be made when working on equipment.
This falls under identification but it’s worth mentioning in its own right as it’s what JSC is known for and what helps to ensure correct resilience, identification etc. Loud and proud for name labels; you have to be able to read, without ambiguity, the name of the equipment, we always use yellow labels as they’re the easiest to locate and are rarely confused with other labels on equipment.
Structured and managed routing and deployment
To help get the actual functionality of the cabling correct and to make the installation look excellent we always install the cables in the same order. This ensures that cables that need to be identified on a regular basis for troubleshooting/audit are accessible, cables that are more easily damaged are not buried and subject to stress and that core/critical cables are protected.