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EPON becoming a popular option in the enterprise

By Max Burkhalter
June 12, 2012
Ethernet Passive Optical Networks, which have traditionally been used as a primary technology in service provider backhaul networks, are now gaining more prominence as an enterprise tool, ITVarNews reported.

According to the news source, many businesses are installing EPON technologies to help them deal with the increased bandwidth demands created by cloud computing, virtualization and similar technologies. The data throughput requirements of these technologies are considerable, pushing businesses to upgrade their networks.

At the same time, a significant number of companies are taking advantage of improved network opportunities, server virtualization and other emerging technologies to consolidate their data center infrastructure. This means that many organizations are either closing multiple facilities and moving into fewer data centers or taking infrastructure out of branch offices and centralizing it in the corporate headquarters. While such policies offer considerable benefits from an IT management perspective, they also put more stress on the network, especially the WAN.

The report explained that many businesses are implementing EPON technology to help alleviate the bandwidth concerns on their LAN and WAN infrastructure. Instead of using copper cabling infrastructure, which is extremely limited when it comes to high-performance network performance, organizations are using EPON to use optical network links to connect branch offices to the headquarters.

While businesses embrace EPON, it still remains popular and a service provider technology. The news source said EPON is capable of benefiting service providers in a variety of ways, including its ability to provide a cost-efficient networking method because it manages to use less fiber than other optical networking solutions while also requiring less power and maintenance than most fiber-optic cabling systems. This allows the technology to be used as an upgrade for twisted pair and coaxial cabling setups without too much expense, making the technology a good value for service providers and enterprise-class companies alike.

As optical networking options become more prominent in business and service provider environments, organizations also need to consider the advantages of fiber-to-Ethernet media conversion. While optical infrastructure can be cost effective for many network deployments, copper still makes sense in many areas. As a result, media conversion tools are essential to make copper and fiber work well in concert with each other and optimize the costs of deploying advanced technologies.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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