I recently participated in a panel for the inaugural Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit, where experts from the networking space discussed the role fiber should play in future local area networks (LANs) and why. With all the wired and wireless critical services that relies on a strong network connection, it’s clear that there’s growing excitement about where Optical LAN fits in the networking landscape.
What drives our customers to seek an alternative to the traditional, copper-based LAN? To start, for many, network management is a time-consuming process that requires IT staff to physically travel across a campus - or even a city - to make moves, adds and changes (MAC) to the network at a specific telecom closet. Imagine what it would be like if the IT manager didn’t have to do that and could manage the entire network from the comfort of his or her desk.
HITEC 2014, the world’s largest hospitality technology event, wrapped up two weeks ago and we’re still feeling the buzz. With hotels and resorts under pressure to keep pace with evolving network infrastructure needs, it comes as no surprise that Optical LAN stood out as the right solution to this challenge.
In fact, a major international hotelier was heavily promoting Optical LAN at HITEC. This sparked interest amongst other hoteliers, property owners, service providers and a wide range HITEC attendees that wanted to know what the buzz was all about. So - what is it about fiber optics, or Optical LAN, that gets everyone excited?
A recent HIMSS survey found that one of the 3 key concerns for hospitals is ensuring patient information security. This goes hand in hand with HIPAA requirements that put enormous responsibilities on healthcare facilities to secure patient data.
As hospitals adapt to meet these requirements, they may not be aware that network infrastructure can help meet the goal. Specifically, hospitals can make their local area networks (LANs) more secure.
From airports to sports stadiums, through college and healthcare campuses, to hotels, resorts and large enterprises, guests and employees expect reliable wireless coverage. To improve the capacity and coverage of their 3G and 4G/LTE networks to keep end users satisfied, these facilities have been relying on distributed antenna systems (DAS) technology. But, a DAS network is expensive to install, with facility owners arguing it’s not their responsibility to pay for it.
Enter Optical LAN.
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