Those that are leading the way have understood that going green is both good for community and good for the balance sheet. And IT is an area that has always received a lot of attention because of its potential to reduce energy consumption as well as boost business performance.
For example, the amount of power consumed by a traditional Ethernet local area network (LAN) is significant. All the active switches and aggregators, not to mention the air conditioning units needed to cool these components, consume a lot of electricity.
A new technology is beginning to gain traction that promises to boost the LAN’s performance and make it much, much greener.
Passive Optical LAN (POL) is to Ethernet LAN what fiber-to-the-home is to copper telephone lines.
POL brings the power of fiber optic broadband technology to enterprises, university campuses, hospitals, hotels or anywhere else that uses a local area network. It is both cheaper and more powerful than Ethernet and, as well as lower energy consumption, holds many other advantages.
Passive technology actively saves 20-40% in energy
A comparative study of POL and Ethernet LAN by our Bell Labs Consulting team calculated energy savings of between 20% and 40%, depending on the size and configuration of the LAN. These kinds of figures are invaluable for meeting targets for green initiatives such as LEED certification. And they contribute greatly to POL’s 5-year total cost of ownership being 20%-60% cheaper than active Ethernet solutions.
Cheap and green. Now that’s a good combination. This way to a greener LAN.
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