New York hospital deploys ADVA's Fiber Service Platform 3000

April 18, 2005 - Solution will support an array of high-bandwidth Ethernet and storage services.

ADVA Optical Networking has announced that New York-Presbyterian Hospital has deployed the Fiber Service Platform 3000 to support an array of high-bandwidth Ethernet and storage services.

For each of the last five years, the hospital has experienced a 20% rise in bandwidth budget. ADVA's solution uses Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to break that cycle, effectively future-proofing the hospital network for foreseeable growing bandwidth demand, while also providing immediate, annual operational savings.

"Cost avoidance and the many new high-bandwidth applications currently under consideration by the hospital played a major factor in our decision," says Aurelia Boyer, senior vice president/chief information officer, information services for New York-Presbyterian Hospital. "By making the decision now to deploy DWDM, we have removed network bandwidth as a concern for such new applications, and at the same time, we are effectively levelling future bandwidth costs at what they are today. And that's very appealing, given the steady rise in our bandwidth budget over the last five years."

"We chose ADVA's system specifically because of the simplicity, scalability, and reliability of the FSP 3000 design," says Valerie Punnett, vice president of information service for the hospital. "The system is very user-friendly and provides a capital and operational cost advantage, while providing incredible scalability and reliability for our needs. This is important in a patient care environment."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital has deployed ADVA's FSP 3000 systems at its Manhattan campus locations, including data centers and patient care facilities, and multiple spur sites have been connected in a ring and logical mesh network measuring 50 kilometers in circumference and enhanced with Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) modules. With DWDM technology, these sites are transporting up to 32 channels of native-speed 10-Gbit Ethernet and Fibre Channel traffic without procuring additional strands of optical fiber along the network ring.

The hospital's applications include Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), in which radiology and cardiology images are digitally stored, manipulated and shared across the sites, and live telemetry data over network for physiological monitoring; system/application high availability including fibre channel disc mirroring, in which data is synchronously written to each of hospitals' data centers to ensure business continuity in the event of failure at one or the other of the sites. It also includes cost-effective Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), connecting the enterprise to multiple New York City carrier Points of Presence (PoPs).

"One of the primary reasons that New York-Presbyterian is among the world's most respected hospitals is that they are always looking for ways to improve the care they provide," says Brian McCann, chief marketing and strategy officer at ADVA Optical Networking. "That the hospital has identified our FSP 3000 system as a tool in that effort is a tremendous validation of the product. We look forward to working with New York-Presbyterian Hospital in continuing to layer mission-critical, life-saving services on their FSP 3000 network."

ADVA Optical Networking has offices in Mahwah, NJ. For more information visit
www.advaoptical.com.

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