The IT CLOSET
Network Connectivity and Infrastructure
The IT Closet encompasses the equipment, cabling, cooling, and back-up systems needed to connect the
local area network “LAN” systems to the wide area network “WAN” systems for small to medium-sized
businesses. For larger organizations, the “closet” may grow to the size of a data room or larger. General
Connectivity & Logic has the expertise to design, build, and manage all aspects of the IT Closet, either as
a subcontractor in the project or working directly for the Owner. GC&L integrate this important part of
the project with physical design, budget, and schedule of the project.
The GC&L Avoiding re-engineering of existing systems is achieved by implementing best-in-
Approach breed solutions that meet the current needs and that are scalable for future needs.
Closet/Server GC&L works with the architect and engineers to find secure, centralized locations
Room and Riser for LAN to WAN connectivity closets, distribution closets, risers, and server rooms.
Planning and GC&L helps the designers program enough space for current and future needs.
Design Designers are given enough information to make crucial decisions early in the
process, rather than trying to utilize sub-optimal space later in the project.
Internal GC&L works with the owner organization and project team to gather user
Network and requirements, design a connectivity infrastructure, coordinate the bid, manage the
Distribution construction, and test and validate the plant. All user connections, riser
management, and central termination are planned and labeled, using the most
appropriate components. Details are important. For example, all termination
blocks are laid-out so that cable runs are minimized, and new components will be
easy to locate and install in the future.
Choosing the Equipment in the IT Closet includes: phone systems and related connectivity
Connectivity hardware; internet connectivity, firewalls, and VPN (Virtual Private Networking);
Equipment private network connectivity; routers needed for the phone and data connectivity;
facility monitoring systems; physical security systems; web servers and other
servers (though extension to server infrastructure is often considered a separate
issue); video conferencing systems; LAN switching equipment; and other specialty
equipment. GC&L creates elegant, modular solutions that are integrated rationally,
utilizing best-in-breed components and service provider supplied equipment.
Providing well-planned equipment layout and connectivity integration with the new
and legacy customer systems results in an efficient “IT Closet” approach,
leveraging GC&L’s design effort, service relationships, and layout expertise to save
the owner money while delivering a great system.
Infrastructure Communications systems need to be more reliable than most other building
systems. GC&L evaluates the underlying infrastructure issues: reliability,
conditioning, UPS, generation; cooling requirements; fire protection; security
needs; building/ equipment monitoring systems, and configuration of the network
entrance to the building.
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