In network infrastructure, the term 'open architecture' refers to the use of standards-compliant cable and connective hardware in the design of the network. ANSI/TIA-568-C standards dictate the performance requirements of copper and fiber optic cables and associated connective hardware to ensure that they will accommodate the applications that were designed to operate over that solution. By using open architecture, the end user has the ability to choose from more products to fit their needs and goals.
There are different levels of quality and performance when it comes to architecture infrastructure. When choosing from the many options on the market, it is best to choose a company that offers guaranteed performance, a substantial warranty and sufficient personnel to support the customer. If an issue arises, the manufacturer should be able to assist the customer to diagnost the problem. Most of the large manufacturers provide dependable quality, performance and customer service. Along with functionality of the system, it is important to be able to depend on the manufacturer for assitance in any scenario you come across.
Hitachi Cable America believes in selecting products for infrastructure by evaluating performance, warranty and overall value that individual components of the system offer. Hitachi says "an open architecture solution offers users the freedom to choose the materials that best meet their needs..." Open architecture systems provice flexibility for the end-user, as well as some of the highest-ranking performance ratings.
When it comes to performance, studies have indicated that approximately 50% of network problems are related to infrastructure. Third-party studies of Hitachi Cable HCM brand Category 6 Plus copper cable and connectivity show performance values greater than those established in ANSI/TIA standards. Hitachi Cable's open architecture solutions can be a better value and offer equal or better electrical performance than closed architecture solutions.