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ECSI installs Tellabs Optical LAN to Help Kraus-Anderson Building's Network

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 ECSI installs Tellabs Optical LAN to Help Kraus-Anderson Building's Network - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Database Security
  • Cybersecurity & Privacy - Network Security
Applicable Industries
  • Buildings
Applicable Functions
  • Business Operation
The Customer
About The Customer
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson® Construction Company is one of the nation’s premier commercial general contractors and construction managers. Kraus-Anderson, an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is he
The Challenge

Kraus-Anderson (K-A) invested in constructing a new 100,000 square foot corporate headquarters in downtown Minneapolis to create a state-of-the-art campus that enabled a modern collaborative work environment, and above all, helped them attract, retain, and develop the best employee talent possible in this progressive metropolitan setting. 

Kraus-Anderson also knew that this forward-looking 5-story building, and its elite workforce, would demand an equally high-performance and secure network, with ubiquitous accessing through either wired or wireless connectivity.

The main saught after feautres were space savings and strict security.

The Solution

-Space Savings:

In the data center, the switching equipment that would have normally monopolized three 7 feet telecom racks, with OLAN only occupies three-quarters of one telecom rack of space. And, the cabling in the data center might normally have been multiple 8-inch bundles of CAT6 copper cabling is reduced less than 1-inch of Single Mode Fiber (SMF) cabling. This represents up to 85% savings in space in the data center alone. 

Optical LAN introduces far less cabling up the K-A building risers and across the horizontal pathways. OLAN architecture is a point-to-multipoint architecture where one fiber cable can feed 128 gigabit Ethernet ports. In a traditional point-to-point LAN architecture that would have meant a very large bundle of 128 copper cables.

-Strict Security:

Kraus-Anderson has a better security posture with Tellabs Optical LAN because fiber cabling is far more secure than copper and because OLAN’s centralized management eliminates points of vulnerability out in their extended network.

Because of the architectural design of the K-A building there is cabling running through open unprotected areas. It was imperative that fiber cabling be used for K-A to minimize the breach risk, since unlike copper, fiber does not radiate the data being transported within it, and fiber is far more difficult to tap then copper. 

Data Collected
Connectivity Status, Network Performance (bits/s), Speed, Wireless Coverage
Operational Impact
  • [Cost Reduction - Installation]
    Plastics have been reduced because Single Mode Fiber is 60% smaller in diameter and you need less cabling with the point-to-multipoint design.
  • [Data Management - Connectivity Stability]
    The Kraus-Anderson’s workforce can enjoy gigabit speed connectivity and ultra-fast wireless performance.  
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Production Uptime]
    The current fibre optic infrastructure can stand ready to support 10G and 40G speeds in the future with no business disrupting rip-and-replace upgrade.

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