Fort Campbell goes lean and green with passive optical LAN

Fort CampbellWhen Fort Campbell consolidated its Soldier Readiness Processing program in a new facility, network administrators had the opportunity to start from scratch.

To support voice, data and video communications for the human resources, finance and legal departments as well as portions of the base hospital the Army needed a secure, reliable and  energy-efficient network  solution that could tackle all the IT operations necessary to process 4,000 soldiers each month.

Gigabit passive optical networking (GPON) delivered the cost savings, energy efficiency and security Fort Campbell was looking for, said John Hoover, vice chair of the marketing subcommittee of the Association for Passive Optical LAN and a product manager for Tellabs.  It collapses the traditional architecture to reduce the amount of required equipment and cabling while also converging voice, data and video services onto a single, fiber medium.

When Fort Campbell’s network enterprise center planners compared costs, they discovered that the optical fiber-based GPON solution would save Fort Campbell more than $1.5 million over a traditional copper-based active Ethernet LAN, Tellabs said.

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