While much effort and money is focused on the devices in these setups and rightfully so, often times the fiber optic box
that is being used to connect all the devices and simulate the physical network is overlooked. While engineers and lab managers know the fiber is an absolute necessity, not all take it a step further to think about how the look and organization of the fiber can have an impact on potential customers, company executives, and other related operational initiatives.
While performance of the setup will always be most important, it’s vital for equipment vendors today to understand that the look and organization of the fiber testbed does make an important impression on others, which can be positive or negative.
A Real-Life Scenario: Customer Visit for a Demonstration
As an example, let’s take a look at a scene that happens on a daily basis around the world. A large enterprise customer is considering purchasing an expensive network device from one of two possible vendors. Both vendors have invited the customer to visit their facilities in order to demonstrate their respective devices.
So, what are some of the thoughts and questions that will almost certinaly come to the mind of the customer, simply from the looks of these two setups?
Likewise, although a Fiber Patch Panel
does not protect the data itself in the manner that encryption will, it does actively monitor and alert the operator in real-time to issues (be it a fault or intrusion), while helping to minimize service downtimes by identifying the location of the event within the cable.