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Network outages often occur at the most inopportune times. Whether due to hardware or software malfunctions, human error, natural disasters, or cyberattacks, unplanned downtime is costly for any business.
Though the exact consequences of network downtime vary from business to business, solutions to prevent unplanned IT downtime are largely shared across industries. One particularly effective solution is installing a fiber optic backbone network. Fiber optics have become the preferred choice for Ethernet backbones, offering increased bandwidth to support a variety of Internet-based business functions.
Backbone cabling systems provide hard-wired connections within a facility, connecting reception areas, production floors, offices, meeting rooms, storage areas, warehouses, and other parts of a business. Cabling backbones allow businesses to communicate between different departments with ease, supporting more efficient communications. This is especially true when using fiber optic backbone networks.
Though more expensive than copper, businesses are turning increasingly to fiber optic backbone networks due to their reliability. These backbone networks also allow both phone and Internet over the same lines by providing greater bandwidth. Though more infrastructure is available to support copper cabling, bandwidth limitations can burden any business that relies on the Internet.
Fiber optic backbone networks consist of optical transmitters, fiber optic cabling, and optical receivers. Optical transmitters convert electrical signals to optical signals, and fiber optic cabling carries these optical signals to optical receivers that convert optical signals back to electrical signals. Backbone networks using fiber optic cabling allow larger enterprises with substantial infrastructure to communicate more easily. Partnering with a knowledgeable contractor to support maintenance and monitoring of a fiber optic backbone network after installation will ensure optimal performance.
These backbone networks connect fiber optic cabling with network routers and switches, with computers normally accessing the network indirectly.
The four main types of fiber optic backbone networks are:
Fiber optics have largely replaced core communication cabling throughout the developed world. For many of the same reasons that fiber optics have transformed the telecommunications industry, fiber optic cabling has become a preferred choice for building backbone networks.
These benefits not only reduce the risk of downtime, but give you greater flexibility and more power.
Once installed, maintaining and managing backbone networks becomes a priority. As with other building systems, smart building software can ensure fiber optic networks perform optimally. These tools proactively monitor system performance to:
As monitoring technology continues to evolve, the performance of fiber optics will only grow in importance. A smart building platform like onPoint helps you make the most out of the possibilities a fiber optic backbone network provides.
Anthony Novello, Vice President of Sales, leverages more than 25 years of experience and 5,000 completed projects to provide valuable insights and best practices into the execution of building management system (BMS) integration and retrofit projects. Anthony’s experience leads him to provide guidance on proper planning and execution of mission critical controls replacements.