TIA 942 A standard offers guidance on the implementation of structured cabling systems that provide for scale, agility and availability of data center networks. The reasons to avoid point-to-point network topologies are well-known to infrastructure designers – network engineers aren’t always aware of the disadvantages with that standardization and structure. Certainly the operations team can point to the ongoing cost and risk that quickly mounts when these design rules are not followed. But the network wants what the network wants – speed! The budget demands restraint, and the operations team wants availability.