Dutch Hospital Deploys ADVA’s Encrypted Transport Solution with Equinix

Equinix has installed ADVA’s FSP 3000 open optical transport technology to deliver encrypted dark fiber and fully managed services to Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, one of the Netherlands’ finest hospitals.

Linking the healthcare provider’s data centers and facilities, the solution enables Equinix Managed Services to deliver secure Ethernet services up to 40GbE and highly reliable, low-latency Fibre Channel storage area network (SAN) connectivity up to 32Gbit/s. The system enables the hospital access to bandwidth-hungry applications and allows patient and medical research information to be safely gathered, stored, analyzed, and shared thanks to ADVA’s ConnectGuard optical encryption technology.

“By harnessing ADVA FSP 3000 technology and the support of the ADVA and TrueCom teams, we’re enabling Antoni van Leeuwenhoek hospital to transform its operations,” said Art de Blaauw, director of technology and innovation, Managed Services Solutions at Equinix. “With high-capacity, low-latency connectivity to its data centers, all protected by robust encryption at the optical layer, the hospital’s medics and support staff can leverage new applications and collaborate like never before to advance cutting-edge research and enhance patient care. It’s crucial for the healthcare industry that patient data is secure. ADVA’s ConnectGuard solution safeguards the network stack without adding latency or affecting throughput. That means medical practitioners can access critical information at any time, which is crucial for efficient processes and patient outcomes.”

Sensitive Patient Data

The new network, which is based on ADVA’s FSP 3000 open optical transport system, would allow for secured high-capacity transmission of Ethernet services up to 40GbE. The FSP 3000 provides a genuinely flexible base, ready to develop and adapt as the demands of the healthcare provider change, thanks to its agile, scalable, and modular architecture.

The system allows for a high-speed SAN capable of carrying 32Gbit/s Fibre Channel, allowing for quick access to patient data. This can be critical for healthcare workers who have to deal with large amounts of data. The infrastructure is fully protected at the physical layer by ADVA FSP 3000 ConnectGuard, an “easy-to-use and highly efficient” network encryption solution that would offer the lowest cost per bit of any network encryption system currently available.

“We’re proud that our solution is now helping another major healthcare provider optimize its operations. Protecting the integrity and privacy of patients’ sensitive data couldn’t be more critical,” said Hartmut Müller-Leitloff, SVP of sales, EMEA at ADVA. “That’s why our security technology is so important here. It ensures valuable data remains safe at every stage of its journey, while data-intensive applications continue to run. Approved by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), our FSP 3000 ConnectGuard optical encryption ensures that patient records are protected by the most robust security methods available while adding virtually no delay.”

TrueCom, an ADVA partner, also played an important role in this project, providing installation and support to ensure that the new infrastructure met all of the end customer’s needs.

“There’s no doubt that the medical industry is at the forefront of the battle against cybercrime. Criminals see healthcare providers as treasure troves of valuable data that can easily be monetized. But thanks to our close collaboration with Equinix and ADVA, this hospital can be assured that its systems are secured,” said Dhieradj Ramanand, optical solutions sales manager at TrueCom. “With the ADVA FSP 3000 ConnectGuard optical security solution safeguarding data in motion right across the network, encrypted signals become worthless to a hacker. That’s why this technology is the last word in data security. It’s also the key to peace of mind for medical practitioners and their patients.”