NEW ORLEANS, La., March 5 — UPMC will apply IP and optical networking technology from Alcatel-Lucent to upgrade its information network to leverage the large sets of complex data gathered daily.
Today at HIMSS, the annual healthcare information technology conference, Alcatel-Lucent announced that it has been selected by UPMC to deploy a new network to provide communications services to hospitals, doctors' offices and other sites throughout Western Pennsylvania using Alcatel-Lucent's 7950 Extensible Routing System (XRS). The agreement will also include the supply of advanced 100G (100 gigabit-per-second) fiber-optic technology.
Alcatel-Lucent is supplying UPMC with its new 7950 XRS family - based on the 400G FP3 chipset which boosts capacity, efficiency and flexibility for IP networks. Belgacom and Telefonica recently announced deployment of 7950 XRS, which was awarded the prize of Best New Product (Telecom) by Light Reading in November 2012. The UPMC build-out will also include Alcatel-Lucent's proprietary optical coherent technology, the 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS). The PSS uses Alcatel-Lucent's Photonic Service Engine (PSE), a 400G chip that dramatically enhances the capacity, intelligence and flexibility of data network's such as UPMC's.
"The 'big data' needs of large-scale enterprises such as UPMC are breaking down the barriers between traditional IT systems and communications networks. This project with UPMC offers a great example of how advanced IP and fiber optic technologies can enhance the operations of enterprises in a wide array of fields," said Michel Emelianoff, President, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise.