When talking about network infrastructure, the term “open system architecture” refers to the use of virtually any combination of standards compliant cable and connectivity. ANSI/TIA-568 dictates all performance requirements of the network and its components to ensure they will accommodate the applications for which they were designed to handle. When going “open system,” the end user has the freedom and flexibility to choose the products that best meet their individual needs; and they can still remain confident the solution chosen will support all their networking requirements.
That being said, it’s important to note there are many different levels of quality and performance available in the market place. When evaluating manufacturers, it’s important to consider whether or not there is a guaranteed performance. Also, you should ask if there is a substantial (such as a lifetime) warranty, and you should, without fail, consider whether or not the manufacturer has sufficient personnel (both internally and externally) to adequately support you should problems arise. Network infrastructure is a huge investment, sometimes reaching into the millions of dollars. It’s imperative that you know as much as possible when trying to decide on a system solution.
Since few companies actually make both the cable and connective hardware themselves, we at DCO Distribution feel an open system design is most always a viable option. The best method for selecting or specifying products for your network is to evaluate their performance. Numbers don’t lie! Once that information is gathered, then you can build the best infrastructure for your company. An open system solution offers end users the freedom to select the materials that best meet their needs. Still have questions on whether or not an open system is right for you? Give our sales office a call. We’ll be happy to provide you with more information!