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Introduction
Clixxo's Converged Solution is a package of multiple information technology (IT) components into a single, optimized computing solution. Components of a converged infrastructure solution include servers, data storage devices, networking equipment and software for IT infrastructure management and automation.

Today's corporate networks, government facilities and military installations are built using two, and sometimes three, separate copper architectures. One to carry data - typically a Category 5 copper network, a second to carry voice - typically a Category 3 copper network, and in some cases a third where coax delivers video. New technologies such as GPON are fully capable of supporting all of these services on single fiber distribution architecture. The copper deployment model creates an environment that in today's technology is wasteful and inefficient to maintain. GPON allows an operator to effectively deliver all of these services with the right user experience. Its Quality of Service (QoS) and high bandwidth capabilities are the mechanisms needed to converge voice, video and data all onto the same fiber network allowing more efficient maintenance, cabling and overall performance.

In addition to the installation of more switches and routers to address the continuous rise in bandwidth, redundant networks and equipment requirements have led to crowded equipment rooms, complex wiring closets and increased high-volume air conditioning (HVAC) requirements. Converging all of these services onto a single GPON distribution platform provides the bandwidth needed while significantly reducing the equipment, cabling and power required.

Clixxo's GPON Converged Solution has quickly established itself as the worldwide standard for delivering voice, data and video. Among other benefits, GPON provides an enormous amount of bandwidth - 2.5 GB/s downstream and 1.25 GB/s upstream - over a single strand of glass.

The technology consists of an optical line terminal (OLT) in the data center and a series of optical networking terminals (ONT) at or near the user's desktop. Starting at the OLT, voice and data are transformed from an electrical format into optical signals. This traffic is then sent over the fiber network to the appropriate ONT, where it is separated back into electrical voice and data . This architecture uses purely passive components such as splitters between the OLT and ONT, further reducing the chance of equipment failure.

So Converging Residential and Businesses onto a single platform is attractive, especially since a second type of convergence can be added with multiple access technologies based on DSL and fiber on a single platform, more operational flexibility can be achieved, and the network design can be simpler.