Motorola Brings Its Fiber Capabilities to Enterprise Networks

Motorola is rolling out its Passive Optical LAN solution, which officials say offers cost, power and performance advantages over traditional enterprise networking offerings. Motorola's POL is based on its GPON fiber networking technology and is part of its larger Wireless Enterprise strategy. It offers better operating cost and investment protection than copper-based LANs, and at half the price, Motorola officials said.

Motorola is looking to give enterprises an alternative to traditional network solutions with an all-fiber offering that officials say will improve performance and reliability while reducing costs.

Motorola will show off its POL (Passive Optical LAN) at the Interop IT expo in Las Vegas, which runs May 17 to 21.

In addition, Motorola officials announced that SAIC will resell Motorola's POL to enterprises.

According to Motorola officials, POL connects any stationary Ethernet-based device or system anywhere in the enterprise into the WAN, creating a more reliable and secure network for IP voice, data and video traffic.

The technology is based on Motorola's GPON (Gigabit PON) optical network technology, which the company has been selling to residences through Verizon and other carriers. Now those capabilities are being applied to the enterprise.

Operational and capital costs are lowered in part by reducing the number of workgroup switches, officials said. Reducing the number of switches needed leads to cost savings in power, cooling and space.

Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing for Motorola's Access Network Solutions group, said the networking needs of enterprises are changing rapidly, thanks to such applications as VOIP (voice over IP) and the difficult economic times.

"Enterprise users require a different level of network sophistication today than they did even a few years ago," Keefe said in a statement. "Not only do they expect secure and reliable IP voice and data, but they demand improved network economics and greatly simplified solutions."

Motorola officials said their POL offering offers better investment protection and operating costs than copper-based LANs, and at half the price. It also is easier to install and operate, and offers five-nines reliability, Motorola said.

POL also is part of Motorola's Wireless Enterprise mobile network offering, which includes WLAN and VOWLAN (voice over WLAN) products.