November 5, 2002-- Nortel Networks and EMC provided the DWDM technology and software to support an optical storage area network (SAN) for Baptist Health, a Montgomery, Alabama-based healthcare institution.
Prior to implementing an optical SAN, Baptist Health used multiple T-1 lines between its data centers, making it difficult to scale and support complete data replication and business continuity. Baptist Health's new SAN includes two EMC Symmetrix networked storage systems, each separately located in the organization's two data centers, as well as EMC TimeFinder and Symmetrix Remote Data Facility software. Tying it together is a DWDM-based Nortel Networks OPTera Metro 5200 multiservice platform.
With the technology from Nortel Networks and EMC, Baptist Health now has a more robust business continuity solution and can automate the process of rapid and reliable backup and disaster recovery. "This optical SAN solution enables us to restart servers rapidly - almost instantaneously - before any mission-critical data is lost," says Tom Bradley, interim chief information officer at Baptist Health. "Our ability to quickly retrieve data in the event of a disaster is critical to our reputation for offering quality healthcare and ensuring patient safety."