D.C.'s Deltek selects Tellabs' passive optical LAN

June 10, 2013
Tellabs says the new optical LAN will fulfill Deltek's immediate bandwidth needs with gigabit-to-the-desk service.

Deltek, an IT supplier and provider of enterprise software, is reportedly using passive optical LAN equipment from Tellabs (NASDAQ: TLAB) to deliver gigabit-to-the-desk services over a passive fiber-optic cable infrastructure at the company's new headquarters in suburban Washington, DC.

Leveraging its passive optical network (PON) technology used for FTTx applications, Tellabs says the new optical LAN will fulfill Deltek's immediate bandwidth needs with gigabit-to-the-desk service, while also providing the capacity to scale the network as bandwidth needs grow over the next 25 years. Tellabs optical LAN partner NET 100 installed and turned up the fiber-optic network and will provide ongoing support for the optical LAN at Deltek.

The passive optical LAN also fits with Deltek's environmental-sustainability goals. Deltek headquarters achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver accreditation by the U.S. Green Building Council for its reduced power consumption, innovation, and sustainability.

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George Goforth, Deltek vice president of IT, says he wanted a platform that could not only deliver additional bandwidth and ultra-reliable performance, but also reduce hardware and hardware-maintenance costs.

"The passive optical LAN proved to be the ideal choice," he said. "We have reduced our capex budget because we no longer have to swap out switches every four to seven years. The operational simplicity means our IT staff members don't have to spend a lot of time on LAN and port management, so they can focus on other support activities."

Tellabs notes that can optical LAN technology delivers significant savings in capital expenses, power consumption, and space requirements. Those savings add up to a lower total cost of ownership compared with traditional copper-based LANs, claims the company. Via use of its passive optical LAN, Tellabs estimates that its enterprise customers can save up to 70% of total cost of ownership, 80% of energy consumption, and 90% of space requirements.

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