Children's Hospital Boston selects Ciena's CN 4200 Platform to support multi-site data connectivity

Linthicum 21 May 2007Children's Hospital Boston, one of the largest paediatric medical centres in the United States, has deployed the CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform to enable high-speed optical connections between multiple locations throughout its Boston campus, and facilities in nearby Waltham, Massachusetts and Needham, Massachusetts, to ensure reliable, efficient data connectivity for critical applications and seamless business continuity and disaster recovery.


Children's Hospital Boston is comprised of several locations in downtown Boston primarily associated with paediatric health care and medical research. With an expansion to another facility located several miles away in Waltham, and the moving of their primary data centre to a state of the art facility in another Boston suburb, Children's sought a high-performance, scalable Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) solution that offered the performance and reliability of their Local Area Network (LAN) over a Wide Area Network (WAN) with the flexibility to accommodate future growth.

Children's selected Ciena's CN 4200 through the EMC Select programme for its unique multi-protocol capabilities, enabling the delivery of multiple services on-demand, including Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), Fibre Channel and video across multiple locations, as well as its low latency to enable the fastest response times and the ability to scale to meet the needs of new services at higher speeds as demand evolves.

"With our increasing dependency on clinical information systems and the Electronic Medical Record (EMR), we need to provide a 100 percent available network backbone with capacity and performance that supports the application response times our clinicians require. With such critical information stored and sent across our network for hospital operations and data back-up, we needed a versatile connectivity solution that would grow with our network and evolving clinical data requirements", stated Paul Scheib, director of IS Operations at Children's Hospital Boston.

"The CN 4200 stood out among competing platforms for its carrier-grade reliability and flexible design, particularly its software programmable hardware, allowing us to deliver any type of information on-demand to any point on our network. Our caregivers, no matter their location, have instant access to vital patient information that improves their diagnoses and treatments, thus enhancing the patient care", added Paul Scheib.

Ciena's CN 4200 is a next-generation WDM transport and aggregation platform that can be configured on-demand to support any transport protocol, including SONET/SDH, Ethernet/GbE/10GbE, storage - Fibre Channel, FICON, ESCON - or video, at any speed, on any available port using the industry's first universal line card with individual user-programmable ports. Powered by FlexSelect OS, Ciena's intelligent control plane technology, and managed through ON-Center Network and Service Management Suite, the CN 4200 provides unprecedented levels of network automation, including granular service level management and remote, point-and-click provisioning for adding or dropping services on the network.

"Traditional networking technologies are not equipped to meet the critical performance and flexibility requirements for the delivery of demanding health care applications", stated Ray Patalano, enterprise marketing manager at Ciena. "Recognizing the mission-critical nature of health care information as well as the need to meet HIPAA requirements, the CN 4200 provides Children's Hospital Boston with a proven, carrier-class solution that efficiently and flexibly delivers a full mix of applications across the entire organisation - over any distance - with low latency and high availability."

Ciena brings carrier-class expertise to the demanding health care communications environment with its FlexSelect Architecture, which offers a WAN solution to deliver critical patient and operational data at maximum throughput while pushing the laws of physics to keep network latency low. Enabling a network that is always available, never drops packets and delivers deterministic response, FlexSelect Architecture allows health care organisations to centralize servers and storage devices located in fewer locations and farther apart with a high-speed optical network that extends the reach of time-sensitive, mission-critical data out to remote sites for access and back-up.

Ciena's CN 4200 is available through the EMC Select Programme, and is qualified by all major storage vendors. Ciena is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and its equipment is helping health care organisations to create flexible WANs to support HIPAA compliance and a variety of health care applications including business continuity, remote storage extension and picture archiving communication systems (PACS).

Ciena Corporation is the network specialist, focused on expanding the possibilities for its customers' networks while reducing their cost of ownership. The company's systems, software and services target and cure specific network pain points so that telcos, cable operators, governments and enterprises can best exploit the new applications that are driving their businesses forward.

Leslie Versweyveld

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