Neatness counts: It’s one of the first things we learn as children. Whether drawing a picture or delivering a presentation, the power of keeping things orderly and in place has its benefits.  And what was stressed then still holds true today – especially given the business-critical nature of today’s data center.

Companies are in the midst of an unprecedented digital transformation, and a strong IT infrastructure is necessary to capture, store and manage the flood of business critical data. With 90 percent of all information being created in the past few years alone – focus is now on reliability, availability and efficiency. Unfortunately, many lack the resources to adapt legacy infrastructures, meet these challenges, and align for future growth. That’s why colocation has become such an integral part of IT – enabling third-parties to provide core elements such as power, cooling, access to network bandwidth and physical security. Most commonly, customers lease equipment space in a colocation facility by rack, cabinet, cage or complete data hall. At this stage, a highly strategic and smoothly executed deployment plan is a necessity.

Let’s face it, most IT cabling systems typically resemble a large bowl of spaghetti – meaning moving, upgrading or scaling the infrastructure is a logistical nightmare. A properly designed system can actually enhance scalability, ease moves and changes, increase availability – and even lay the groundwork for more efficient power use. From the very beginning, businesses should consider cabling systems a core element of the IT infrastructure.  Oftentimes, enterprises just don’t possess the in-house talent and experience to design, install, and test proper cabling systems to support the data center.  As such, tapping a service provider with the trained and certified technicians is an ideal course of action.

At CenturyLink, Structured Cabling services are available to every colocation customer. As part of this service, technicians design, install and document network wiring and patch panels in a way that makes sense. Typically carried out as part of the installation of cabinets, cabling and cages – these services ensure customers can get up and running fast. With proper installation, testing and labeling, this service streamlines change management by clearly identifying all equipment in a way that does not interfere with access and servicing. The process also reduces downtime via faster troubleshooting and minimizes repercussions of an accidently disconnected the wrong cable. By improving airflow, Structured Cabling also prevents infrastructure failures due to overheating – thus further extending equipment life.

Neatness counts, especially in the data center. Now is the time to align with a partner capable of getting your IT house in order to fully maximize the infrastructure. Want to learn more? Contact CenturyLink today.

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