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December 11, 2012

Availty Trusts Juniper Networks End-to-End Infrastructure for Health Information Network

Network innovation company Juniper Networks was today selected by Availty for its data center switching, WAN routing and security solutions in upgrading Availty's national health information network across multiple distributed data centers. Juniper's solutions will enable Availty to systematically scale and process over two billion healthcare business transactions per year, while scaling the network to handle emerging demands regarding healthcare reform.

As such, Availty's next-generation data centers are based on Juniper's QFabric systems and EX Series switches connected across a WAN powered by MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers and secured by SRX Series Services Gateways and vGW Series Virtual Gateways. In other words, Availty's data centers run on an end-to-end Juniper infrastructure, allowing for a unique combination of 40GbE and 100GbE performance, along with a high degree of scalability, security and availability.

This allows Availty to help the nation's healthcare system to run faster by streamlining the exchange of essential business and clinical information among over 230,000 physicians, 2,700 hospitals and 1,200 health plans.

"Our close collaboration with Juniper enabled us to create a system that is compliant with the strictest regulatory measures for security and yet provides us flexibility and scale to meet the demands of our market," said Trent Gavazzi, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Availity. "The QFabric deployment will allow us to launch versatile and efficient health information services to help the health care system achieve better quality, performance and resiliency without burdening cost."

Klarna, a Swedish e-commerce company that provides payment services for online storefronts, also recently built its new data center based on Juniper's QFabric architecture.

In November, the QFabric family of products completed rigorous testing through EMC E-Lab, qualifying those products as interoperable with EMC VMAX and VNX storage arrays. The QFabric system was also added to EMC's Support Matrix.

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Edited by Braden Becker