As the demand for high-bandwidth applications grows, one thing is clear. The traditional copper-based LANs cannot keep pace with the needs of the 21st century. Without upgrades, they have significant bandwidth limitations. They also lack security and are unbelievably complex.
Copper-based networks take up enormous amounts of space, requiring an increased amount of cabling, Ethernet switches every 100 meters and numerous telecom closets in each building. If that’s not enough, services like voice, video, data or security need separate networks, again with separate cabling and equipment. As a result of that, IT teams struggle with complicated, distributed network management.
On top of that, there’s a price to pay for complex networks. These require more human touches, which are responsible for 50% to 80% of network outages. With one minute of downtime costing businesses an average of $7,900, they desperately need a solution that will eliminate the complexity.
Tellabs’ fiber-based Optical LAN is the simpler solution. Unlike copper, Optical LAN:
- Requires up to 10x fewer managed elements than copper
- Needs less equipment and cabling to house and maintain
- Converges separate networks and services onto a single fiber-based infrastructure
- Makes moves, adds and changes efficient through its centralized management model and as a result, reduces unplanned network downtime