Stony Brook Lays in Motorola Passive Optical Network
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Stony Brook University in New York has deployed a passive optical network (PON) in its Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. A PON configuration cuts down on the amount of fiber and other equipment required for operations compared to a traditional point to point architecture. Because this infrastructure requires a major capital investment, it is viewed as a networking solution in environments seeking a long-term LAN strategy.
Stony Brook's installation uses gear from Motorola, which it brands as a passive optical LAN (POL). The POL solution includes the Motorola AXS1800 enterprise aggregation switch, the Motorola ONT1120GE workgroup terminal (WGT), the WT21004 WGT with power-over-Ethernet (PoE), and the Motorola AXSvision--an interface for monitoring and managing the network.
Motorola partnered with Verizon Business and ADC to implement the all-fiber enterprise LAN infrastructure. Benefits, according to the company, include rapid return on investment, high security, reliability, and reduced energy requirements compared to a traditional LAN architecture.
The Center of Excellence at Stony Brook is a $250 million partnership between the State of New York, academia, and businesses.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.