APRIL 30, 2007 -- Iowa Health System (IHS), Iowa's first and largest integrated healthcare system, has deployed World Wide Packets' (search for World Wide Packets) LightningEdge platform in the recently completed first phase of its privately owned fiber-optic medical health network. According to IHS, the health network is one of the largest in existence, connecting major medical facilities and data centers throughout Iowa, western Illinois, and eastern Nebraska.
IHS says it was looking for a platform that would operate seamlessly within a Layer 2 environment and was capable of managing multi-gigabit data transmissions and bandwidth-intensive applications associated with advanced imaging and diagnostic services without delays or failures. Additionally, it was imperative that IHS have a platform in place that would scale to meet service and geography growth as the network expanded.
In an interview last week, Jim Mormann, vice president and chief information officer of IHS, revealed that his organization looked at nine vendors before narrowing the contenders to Cisco and World Wide Packets. He said IHS chose World Wide Packets for several reasons, with the carrier-grade robustness of its offering and its comparative lack of complexity among the most salient attributes.
The IHS network includes 2,100 miles of fiber. Mormann says that the network initially will support a wide range of data transactions, linking medical facilities to a centralized data center in Des Moines; the data center is connected to a backup facility in Cedar Rapids. The network also will provide imagery transmission to support radiology and cardiology services.
According to Dave Curry, CEO of World Wide Packets, the IHS network will use both the LightningEdge 427 platform as an aggregation switch and the LightningEdge 311 as a customer premises device.
World Wide Packets says the new IHS network will provide several benefits:
IHS has outsourced managment of the network to Fiber Utilities Group, which is a "consultative organization," in Mormann words.
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