Network Services: Solutions Guide September 2016

Aug. 26, 2016

Ethernet Private Line

University Technology Center dedication, Penn State Health (Photo credit: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

Hershey Medical part of largest private network in Northeast

If you want advice on how to put together a seriously fast, massive, and secure private healthcare network, head on over to the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA, and ask if someone from Comcast Business can meet you there. They can show off a new 100-Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) Ethernet network connection between the recently opened University Technology Center on the health center campus and the university’s primary data center at University Park. It is the largest network operated by Comcast Business in the Eastern United States and the third 100-Gbps Ethernet network the company has constructed across the country.

The 46,000-square-foot University Technology Center, dedicated in May, will use big data to enhance patient care through disease modeling and predictors for disease by processing and analyzing clinical information more efficiently.

“The new data center will help make personalized medicine more of a reality for patients and their providers,” says Jim Broach, Director of the Penn State Institute for Personalized Medicine and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. “Data that used to take days, weeks, or even months to analyze may soon be processed in a matter of minutes or hours.”

The dedicated, high-performance Ethernet Private Line (EPL) service, which serves as a modern alternative to traditional TDM private lines and older packet technologies like Frame Relay, will enable patient, research, and educational data to bypass the public Internet and be transmitted reliably over a private connection that is ideal for mission-critical and sensitive data applications. A key benefit is that EPL enables customers to maximize application performance by assigning a higher transmission priority to the most important workflows and applications via its class-of-service functionality.

The University Technology Center in Hershey will also serve a vital role in the university’s disaster recovery plan as the back-up location for Penn State’s primary data center. Not only is the 100-Gbps Ethernet Private Line perfect for latency-intolerant applications like data center integration, but it will help Penn State ensure access to critical data even in the event of an outage.

“Offering Ethernet services that can scale to 100 Gbps of network capacity is a growing trend as businesses of all sizes rely on data to run their business more effectively,” says Paul Merritt, Vice President, Comcast Business in the Keystone Region. “Our Ethernet services complement the healthcare industry’s fast-paced working environment, and our 24/7, 365-days-a-year network monitoring and support through our Network Operations Center helps ensure that we are delivering the high-speed, reliable services that our customers expect from us every day.”

Source: Comcast Business


Sprint gives sneak peak at 5G mobile tech

It may not be available for years, but Sprint wants to whet your appetite for 5G next-generation wireless networks and all they promise to offer. The hallmark of 5G will be massively dense networks that use high-bandwidth spectrum to deliver vast amounts of data at tremendously high speeds.

In June, attendees of the 2016 Copa América Centenario soccer tournament in Santa Clara, CA, got a glimpse of the future of mobile. The demonstration used 72-GHz centimeter wavelength spectrum to deliver download speeds of more than 2 Gbps. Fans experienced a live-streaming virtual reality system from VideoStitch that was highly responsive due to the low-millisecond latency of the 5G system. In addition, spectators viewed live-stream video in 4K ultra high-definition, showcasing the blazing fast, high-bandwidth capability of 5G.

The demonstration utilized beam switching (a method of tracking the device, selecting the best antennas, and sending their signals to a targeted location), support for dynamic TDD (the ability to adjust in real time the allocated capacity for downlink and uplink traffic based on network demand), and how the 5G system would react to real-world obstructions such as various types of window panes.

Sprint said that it is the first U.S. carrier to demonstrate 5G at large-scale public events.

Optical Networking

Personalized medicine comes to Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL, is deploying its own private enterprise network using packet optical technology from Ciena to improve collaboration between physicians, researchers, and clinicians. The new network connects five remote locations and covers approximately 50 miles. The center, which served nearly 350,000 outpatient visits in 2015 and employs more than 5,000 people, has expanded markedly over the past decade.

The network will support data-intensive applications such as advanced medical imaging, electronic health records, molecular medicine, and personalized medicine for one of the largest cancer centers in the United States (based on patient volume). The network will also improve efficiency and help eliminate costs associated with multiple, disparate networks.

Moffitt recently deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with WaveLogic 3 Nano coherent optics, to provide high-capacity interconnectivity between its various remote locations and two data centers through dark fiber provided by FiberLight. Ciena’s 6500, which converges packet, OTN, and flexible WaveLogic Photonics in a single platform, delivers support for multiple services, future demands, and a variety of high-capacity applications, enabling the organization to save monthly recurring per-circuit charges. Another key benefit is that the unified network management system ensures efficient use of critical network assets and bandwidth optimization. Ciena is providing Specialist Services, including implementation, project management, and access to 24/7 technical support and resources.


AWS customers get automated security assessments

Amazon Inspector, an automated security assessment service, is now available to all Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers. Amazon Inspector helps customers improve the security and compliance of their applications running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) by identifying potential security issues, vulnerabilities, or deviations from security standards. With no up-front costs or infrastructure to manage, Amazon Inspector is easy to deploy and can be integrated into the development lifecycle. Customers pay only for the assessments they run, with the first 250 assessments free for the first 90 days. Amazon Web Services

Accelerate hybrid cloud deployments

HyperFlex Systems, built on Cisco’s UCS compute platform, simplify policy-based automation across network, compute, and storage for the widest set of enterprise applications, allowing users to extend the benefits of distributed storage technology to more applications and use cases. These new offerings best first-generation hyperconverged solutions, which were severely limited in terms of the performance, flexibility, and operational simplicity required by today’s IT environment of microservices, containers, new applications, and clouds. The HyperFlex series makes an ideal platform for customers deploying enterprise applications in their data centers, and for remote and branch offices where hyperconverged infrastructure is expected to become a multibillion-dollar industry over the next four years. Cisco

Create a healthy telehealth practice

Telehealth technologies like remote patient monitoring and evaluation, complete with two-way audio and video, play a pivotal role in the evolving care landscape. Telediagnosis and telecollaboration help staff provide a cohesive continuum of care among disparate facilities, departments, and providers. These capabilities are critical to preventing medical errors as patients transition among care providers – the time when 80 percent of mistakes occur. Time Warner Cable Business Class fiber-based Ethernet Private Line (EPL) and Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) fiber circuits can provide the 24/7 connectivity and bandwidth required to build, maintain, and grow robust telehealth networks. Additional benefits include: rapid access to large EMRs and image files; cloud-ready HIPAA and HITECH compliance; and speedy, responsive support and implementation. Time Warner Cable Business Class

Dell and Aerohive partner for best in Wi-Fi

Dell Networking has collaborated with Aerohive wireless solutions to integrate Dell N-Series switches with Aerohive’s HiveManager NG to deliver converged wired and wireless enterprise-class management available in the public or private cloud. Customers can now deploy best-of-breed wired from Dell and best-of-breed wireless from Aerohive in one swipe. Dell has also expanded its industry-leading ProSupport to provide users with a single point of contact for unified network support. The partnership shares a vision of cloud-managed IT that provides simplified and streamlined operations, configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting for all elements of customers’ networks. Aerohive’s latest offerings include new 802.11ac Wave 2 access points and a new line of switches to help create a highly adaptable wireless infrastructure for your connected enterprise. Dell Networking, Aerohive

Create a private “virtual office” easily

Healthcare organizations can now choose to run Verizon’s SIP Trunking portfolio over its high-speed wireless 4G LTE Private Network with enterprise-class performance and reliability, enabling them to enhance access to collaboration and communications tools. With this new capability, Verizon SIP Trunking clients can experience business-class voice quality nationwide so that voice traffic receives the highest priority; turn up additional VoIP connections quickly, connecting an entire unified communications platform or “virtual office” using Verizon 4G LTE Private Network as primary or back-up access for a wired network; and control communications costs by using cellular access where the cost of a fixed access line is not justified, which is ideal for when you need to “pop-up” locations fast. Verizon