How we Standardised the IT Infrastructure of a Client

Much more than just Cable management

11.04.2018

Organisation and standardisation: two major challenges for many IT Managers. One of our clients, a fast growing sports retail company
with more than 45 stores, faced several challenges regarding their IT network. Their store concept required frequent changes in setup and design, which also meant frequent changes to their IT infrastructure. The IT Manager was looking for a solution to bring organisation and standardisation to all stores in order to make the initial setup and later changes easier, faster and less likely to errors. Potential failures and downtimes could affect revenue the next day. The PATCHBOX® was the perfect match for them to tackle those problems.

STANDARD SET UP FOR ALL LOCATIONS

Together we defined a custom PATCHBOX® setup that could then be distributed over all stores. The PATCHBOX® consists of 24 cassettes where different cable colors and types (UTP, STP, OM4, OS2) can be easily combined. In our client’s case every cable color had a specific task assigned: uplink, cash desk, telephone, wireless access points, security cameras and so on. 

Custom PATCHBOX Cable Management Network Cabinet Rack


The PATCHBOX® systems were then delivered pre-configured and the customisation made it possible that they could be easily re-ordered for prospective new stores with the same configuration. This made the initial setup super easy. No time was wasted for the organisation of cables. No time was wasted for handling of cable over length. Just the unpacking of the box, a quick and toolless installation and they were ready to start patching. This was saving our client a lot of time of their already limited resources.


Documentation included

The PATCHBOX® systems were then delivered pre-configured and the customisation made it possible that they could be easily re-ordered for prospective new stores with the same configuration. This made the initial setup super easy. No time was wasted for the organisation of cables. No time was wasted for handling of cable over length. Just the unpacking of the box, a quick and toolless installation and they were ready to start patching. This was saving our client a lot of time of their already limited resources.


PATCHBOX Cable Management Network Cabinet Rack Documentation Labelling

Remote Maintenance and a rack that stays neat

This combination of a clean, standardised setup with included documentation made future changes for our client very easy. Once they had a change in their stores setup, the IT network was easily adaptable. Even remote assignments were possible to the various stores since they all looked the same. Identifying the right patch cord and patch it to the new port was very straightforward - even as non IT staff.

Since the patch cords are extractable, they always have the perfect length and there was no chance of cultivating cable spaghetti. This meant that the rack stayed neat, tidy & maintainable effortlessly which is indeed nice to look at but more importantly made changes much more efficient, reduced down times to a minimum and saved a lot of those already limited resources.

For our client the PATCHBOX® was the perfect solution for a lot of their pain points and brought many advantages to their IT workflows and their IT infrastructure.
For any further information, don’t hesitate to give us a call (+43 1 99 71 960) or write us an email. We also made this free cabinet planner to help you planning setups. (DESKTOP ONLY)