Hopefully someone can help me and hopefully this is being posted in the right place. The company I work for has just purchased a new 7 story building and I need to design the infrastructure. My question is: why do I need fiber?
All of my IDF's are directly above one another, the building is roughly 70ft, so I'm not stretching the distance limitations of copper. Unless I'm going to shell out 50,000.00 for a 6500 series switch to get 10Gb (which im not) I'm limited to the same 1Gb that I could get over a copper cable. I plan to run 4 cables from each floor, etherchannel them together to get 4Gb up the backbone of the building. I could do the same with fiber, but the cabling would be considerably more expensive. I've had a number of people tell me I should go with fiber, but no one who can give me a solid argument as to why. Any comments/input/opinions are appreciated.