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Electrical Grounding Of Network Infrastructure Ensures Its Survival And Integrity

Networks and Internet network engineered applications commonly communicate and transport data at speeds exceeding 10Gbps. In the case of virtualized networks, that speed can be 32 to 128 times that or faster. Proper earthing or grounding of the key network infrastructure parts (catalysts) would ensure the reliability, availability and integrity of the functional operating ICT business support the LAN and wireless network are providing to all parts involved in the OSI levels. From infrastructure to system to application and to user presentation.

Sadly, it’s predominantly the small / medium size businesses that suffer by not getting it right the first time. Largely due to the misconception of saving money or reducing costs by trusting unqualified, cheaper, IT consultants and practitioners and paying dearly in starting over, data loss, operations lost time and in some cases, catastrophic failure. Also, not realizing the importance of having a long term ICT strategy and business plan that’s flexible and that supports the business development vision and agenda of the business owner.

Electrical grounding does not only protect the network infrastructure. Connection to ground (earthing) also limits the build-up of static electricity when handling flammable products or electrostatic-sensitive devices. In some telegraph and power transmission circuits, the earth itself can be used as one conductor of the circuit, saving the cost of installing a separate return conductor (see single-wire earth return).

For information on this important subject, contact a Support911 executive to schedule a free consultation and infrastructure assessment.