Motorola debuts passive optical LAN offering

MAY 18, 2009 -- Motorola has also signed an agreement with SAIC, which will resell the POL offerings for the enterprise market.

MAY 18, 2009 -- Motorola Inc. (search Lightwave for Motorola) has announced the availability of its Passive Optical LAN (POL) technology. POL is an all-fiber enterprise LAN technology connecting any stationary Ethernet-based device or system across the enterprise into the wide-area network. In addition, Motorola and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) have reached an agreement that enables SAIC to resell Motorola's POL offerings into the global enterprise market. Motorola will showcase its POL lineup at the 2009 Interop Business and Technology Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, May 19-21, 2009 at Booth No. 1643.

Motorola says that POL creates a high-performance, reliable, and secure network for IP voice, data and video. Based on the company's GPON technology, POL reportedly provides "significant" capital and operational cost savings over traditional enterprise network solutions by reducing the need for campus distribution or workgroup switches in every riser closet. The elimination of the switches is intended to reduce power, cooling, energy, and space costs. In addition, POL is designed to relieve the strain on IT resources by simplifying the network; reducing the overall number of active components; and creating an architecture that is easier to deploy, manage, and maintain.

"Enterprise users require a different level of network sophistication today than they did even a few years ago," claims Kevin Keefe, vice president of marketing, access network solutions, Motorola. "Not only do they expect secure and reliable IP voice and data, but they demand improved network economics and greatly simplified solutions. POL offers clear technology advantages of fully converged IP voice, data, and video and truly disruptive capital and operational savings."

"Enterprises and their need to implement next-generation enterprise networks solutions and simplify operations remain an important focus area for us," says Jeffrey McGaughey, SAIC vice president of IT business modernization. "Our work with enterprises directly supports the need for a disruptive solution like POL because it can potentially deliver rapid business benefits and address several of the top IT challenges our customers face. We are excited to be working with Motorola and making their POL solution available to enterprises worldwide."

Motorola says POL offers half the cost of copper-based LANs as well as five-nines reliability.

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