When you're saving lives, there's little time for anything else. But when your networks require as much time as your patients and impact your daily operations, it’s time to improve the condition of your infrastructure. In such case, Extreme Fabric Connect is just what the doctor ordered!
- So much manual configuration. Traditional networks are largely configured switch by switch, through a command line interface (CLI). In today’s hospital environment, where new devices and applications are moved, added, or changed frequently, manual configuration is time consuming. It also introduces the risk of a much fared network outage or security breach resulting from a human error.
- Slow network recovery. Traditional networks require administrators to understand and configure many interdependent protocols. These include Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Open Shortest Path First (OSPF), Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM), and Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). All this complexity can slow network recovery because each layer is reliant on the layer below it to re-establish connectivity.
- Vulnerability to breaches. With medical IoT devices and the flow of medical documentation, the security of hospital networks means everything. In legacy networks, separating different traffics has traditionally required multiple VLANs with access controls and firewalls. However, if you are sharing a routing table, your IP network is flat and if someone breaches your network, they might make their way to patient health records or even worse, life-critical devices like insulin pumps.
- Costs. On top of the critical need for an always-available, highly secure network to support dense network environments while protecting patient information, hospitals face the additional challenge that every health care system nationwide is dealing with – the extreme pressure to reduce costs.
The combination of healthcare and IT raises so many problems that I can hardly imagine a more challenging environment. Especially with the trend towards even more wireless networks and the ever-growing need for capacity.
Franz Steinhauser, ICT advisor, Elisabeth-TweeSteden Hospital (the Netherlands)
Now, let’s see how Extreme Fabric Connect addresses these pain points!
All the simplicity and none of the headaches
Thanks to Extreme's technology, our visitors can stay better connected while our team confidently carries out the critical work of caring for and assisting our patients.
Rob Bergfeld, Managed ICT Services, Cordaan (the Netherlands)
Don’t worry about availability
Extending Extreme Fabric Connect to the campus wiring closet with the Fabric Edge solution
Plug and Play Enabled by Auto-Sense Ports