5 Reasons Fiber Optic Cables Are Future Proof
Copper cabling has remained a viable player in the construction of networks, despite the introduction of fiber optics, in many ways a superior alternative, in the 1970s and 1980s. Telephone and cable systems built from copper cabling were built with longevity in mind, and many are still in use today, transmitting data in the same way as it has for decades, despite the method of connection. In projects where copper cabling is already present, the argument is often that installing networks to connect to existing copper connections and maintaining a copper-wire based network is more affordable, advances and changes in the fiber optic market have many pointing to fiber’s myriad of advantages over copper cabling and calling the versatile technology future proof. Here at SANDirect we can see a lot of merit in backing fiber optic as the future go-to in networking.
Battle of the Bandwidths
With the world on the cusp of embracing the Internet of Things, the amount of data being generated and transmitted across networks is growing exponentially on a daily basis. As networks are built and expanded, bandwidth requirements will grow concurrently, and copper cabling will eventually be unable to handle the volume of data being transmitted beyond voice signals. Fiber optics provide as much as 1,000 times the bandwidth as copper, and allow data transmission across greater distances with minimal data loss and signal noise.
Close to the Speed of Light
Transmission of data across copper cabling is limited to the speed of electrons, and comes with significant limitations in the distance data can travel to about 100 meters. Fiber optic cabling transmits data in the form of light signals at significantly higher speeds and can successfully transmit data at distances ranging from 550 meters up to 40 kilometers. Fiber optics still have a way to go before the growing demands of data transmission outpace the medium’s ability to keep up.
Reliability and Security
The fiber in fiber optics is made from hollow glass strands, and thus conducts no electrical current and generates no heat. It’s durable and provides a signal unaffected by external factors such as temperature or electromagnetic fields, and there is less signal loss and signal noise in fiber optic connections. Signals passing through fiber optics are also harder to access externally and many systems are built to monitor and signal any degradation or loss of signal due to a wire’s integrity being physically compromised.
Infrastructure Built to Grow with the Industry
Copper cabling has seen some advancements over the years, and the current variants in the field - Cat6 variants and Cat7 variants - are able to handle volumes of data at Ethernet speeds previously unattainable by copper cabling. However, there is an upward limit to what copper wiring can transmit, and eventually the medium will not be able to keep up with industry needs. Network experts consider fiber optics to be a solution that will meet industry needs for years to come, outlasting even much of the technology we currently use to transmit across it.
Call for the Expertise, Stay for the Partnership
At SANDirect, we know networking, and we know fiber optics. And we want to share our expertise with you, but first you have to tell us about your organization’s needs. Once you’ve submitted your request, we’ll get in touch and let you know how we can bring your networking infrastructure and data storage to the next level.