Locating a business across multiple sites is a popular option for a variety of reasons, such as moving into new geographical areas, optimising the local talent pool or simply expanding the company to facilitate further growth. However, developing the network of both IT and telecoms across more than one site may be perceived as a headache. Fortunately, the latest intelligent business solutions mean there are many options available at a reasonable cost, which can be installed by specialists for minimum hassle.
Two main solutions that work best for businesses include data cabling and wireless/Wi-Fi – the latter gives an instant solution but the benefits of data cabling are longer term.
A data cabling infrastructure is the most reliable method of networking and can be ideal for companies wanting to build a system that can be added to over time. It sounds like a huge undertaking, but actually it can be managed on a small scale initially and holds the benefit of future expansion. A variety of cabling installations can be carried out.
Network cabling can be installed in a new build as part of the construction process, or added to existing buildings in a special communication room, where all the network cabling can be installed in one location. It can be added to or updated, meaning a system that will stand the test of time can be created. Fibre optics is the most commonly utilised system as it is gives the quickest and most efficient way of improving the network.
Telecoms cabling can be implemented as above, but for optimum results it is advisable to choose a provider that can offer both telecoms and network cabling at the same time. Not only is the installation process easier, but it avoids most of the teething problems that can otherwise occur. A good data cabling specialist will be able to handle all aspects, including the procurement of hardware, making the process even simpler. Security cabling can also be integrated into the data and telecoms system.
Wireless and Wi-Fi
This offers a fast and cost-effective networking solution and may be a good option for hard-to-cable buildings and temporary locations. However, it wouldn’t be advisable to utilise this alone as the primary networking method, although it can work well as a back-up method to cabling.
The advances in technology now facilitate multi-site networking that can work for businesses of all sizes. Ultimately, business owners should consider both their immediate and future needs, in order to assess where to start, but needn’t be afraid of the bigger picture. Having a cabling infrastructure installed isn’t as scary as it may seem and a reputable specialist will be able to advise, procure, install and provide aftercare service, giving peace of mind.