110 Key Benefits of Passive Optical LANs for Enterprise Connectivity
The ongoing digital transformation within enterprises is putting increasing pressure on IT executives to get more performance and bandwidth; greater security, scalability and reliability—and, of course, lower costs of the enterprise network infrastructure. The cloud, the internet of things (IoT), big data analytics, connected cars and mobile devices are all going to drive the need not only for greater wireless capabilities but also stronger wireline technologies. They need an IT backbone that is fast, secure and reliable. The leadership of the Association for Passive Optical LAN (APOLAN) not surprisingly sees passive optical LAN (POL) technologies as the answer to those needs. This slide show highlights a list of 10 benefits compiled by APOLAN that are persuading major enterprises to adopt passive optical LANs for their infrastructures.
Using passive optical LAN technology reduces both capital and operational costs. There is less equipment involved and lower energy and cooling needs, all of which make the technology easier to deploy and maintain than traditional copper-based LANs. In addition, POL requires upgrading about every 10 years or so, compared with every five to seven years with copper.
3Powering It Down
4A Network Space Saver
5More Scalable and Available
Given the changing demands from an increasingly digital world, network backbone technologies will have to be highly scalable to address bandwidth needs and must do so with no unplanned interruptions. According to APOLAN, POLs offer higher rates of scalability and availability compared with copper-based LANs.
6Up and Running Faster
7Faster Path to Certification
8Getting Ready for 5G
The upcoming 5G mobile networks hold the promise of significant improvements over current 4G networks, including as much as 1,000 times the bandwidth, 100 times more connected devices and 99.999 percent availability. The move will impact both wireless and wired networks, and expected gains from the migration to 5G will rely on the use of optical networks.
POLs help enterprises future-proof their infrastructures. One way is that as technology evolves, it’s the active endpoints that will need to be refreshed, not the network itself. The lifespan of a POL solution is predicted to be as long as 30 years, compared with five to eight years for Ethernet solutions.
10The Long Run
11Making It Green
POLs, with minimal power consumption and air-conditioning needs and reduced equipment demands, can help drive environmentally friendly green initiatives. The technology supports both LEED and Green Globe certifications.