September 13, 2005 Mahwah, NJ and Munich, Germany -- Catholic Health System (CHS) of Buffalo, New York announced that it has deployed ADVA Optical Networking's Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 2000 to support bandwidth-intensive Ethernet and storage applications. ADVA says its hybrid CWDM/DWDM system provides secure, redundant, scalable backbone transport for a private fiber-optic network interconnecting CHS's 40 geographically dispersed facilities.
According to a press release, CHS teamed with Fibertech Networks to develop a 70-mile optical network over the past three years. ADVA's FSP 2000 platforms are now deployed at three of the health system's sites (two data centers and one hospital) along the new network, which became fully operational in July.
"ADVA offers the most advanced CWDM/DWDM hybrid solution we found on the market," explains Doug Torre, director of networking and technology services for CHS. "In addition to the business case and value of the FSP 2000, what set ADVA apart was its demonstrated understanding of the healthcare market."
ADVA says the platform provides transport for more than 100 different services for CHS, from standard office applications such as patient billing and accounting, to advanced clinical services such as Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) technoloby, which enables digitally storing, manipulation, and sharing of cardiology and radiology images. CHS also says it plans to implement storage services based on the Fibre Channel protocol, ensuring continuity of care in the event of network failure at any of its hospitals, primary care centers, diagnostic and treatment centers, or other facilities.
"We sought a solution that would both prove affordable today and allow us to gradually add services without the expense of expanding the fiber infrastructure later," says Chuck Simet, network engineer with CHS. "ADVA provided a hybrid solution that could migrate without traffic interruption and allowed us to do upgrades without taking the system down."
"The advent of hybrid CWDM/DWDM networking is encouraging more enterprises than ever before to implement high-performance Ethernet and storage services," remarks Brian P. McCann, chief marketing and strategy officer with ADVA Optical Networking.
"This is one of the most technologically advanced health information networks of its kind in the region. ADVA looks forward to continued partnership with CHS."
ADVA says its FSP 2000 platform employs parallel use of CWDM/DWDM and muxponder technology to enable up to 512 applications to be transported over a single fiber pair. The company says the platform's robust character and ability to transport all protocols between 8 Mbit/sec and 10 Gbit/sec per wavelength make it ideal for large-scale, high-bandwidth networks.