Deltek had used a traditional copper-based LAN architecture in its 5 previous facilities in metropolitan Washington, D.C. After consolidating those facilities and 700 of its 1,700 worldwide employees into its new headquarters, Deltek chose the Tellabs Optical LAN solution to support the company's VoIP, data and video applications. George Goforth, Deltek vice president of IT, wanted a solution that could not only deliver additional bandwidth and ultra-reliable performance but also reduce hardware and hardware-maintenance costs. "The Passive Optical LAN proved to be the ideal choice," Goforth said. "We have reduced our CapEx budget because we no longer have to swap out switches every 4 to 7 years. Its operational simplicity means our IT staff members don't have to spend a lot of time on LAN and port management, so they can focus on other support activities."