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The 2012 London summer Olympic games are now in the books. I’m sure that a lot of you watched as many events as you could.  As thousands of world-class Olympians met and competed, they left us with not only their brilliant performances but also many inspirational stories.

Almost everyone is familiar with South Africa’s double amputee “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius. There’s also Bryshon Nellum, the American track and field athlete, who brought us another amazing story.  In 2008, he was shot three times with major damage to his legs and hamstrings. Against all odds, he trained through the pain and recovered his speed. In London, he ran the first leg of the US men’s 4x400 relay team and they won the silver medal.

The stories of Oscar Pistorius, Bryshon Nellum and others have demonstrated that it’s not just the gold medals that inspire us. It’s also the hard work, perseverance and determination of these athletes to achieve their ultimate best even if the journey is, at times, difficult.

In the same spirit, many of our customers are making outstanding efforts as they respond to their unique challenges.

St. Joseph Health (SJH) is an integrated healthcare provider with a mission to deliver quality of life and perfect care for their patients. With new mobile radiology and EKG systems, increasing medical staff needs, and an aging network, SJH is challenged to meet its stakeholders’ “perfect care” requirements. As you can imagine, mission critical network performance and high employee productivity are at the top of their priority list. They are racing against time, pressure and technical hurdles which are their own Olympic challenges.

The SJH team has realized that they need the most reliable switching equipment and state-of-the-art lifecycle management tools to help them meet the challenges and win. After a thorough evaluation process, they selected Cisco Catalyst 3750-X Series Switches and Cisco Prime Infrastructure which are key components of the Cisco Unified Access solution. By deploying a Cisco Unified Access solution, they’re able to achieve full architecture and management benefits enabled by the Cisco StackWise technology (combining multiple switches into a single control unit), best-in-class security, five-nines availability, and strong scalability to accommodate future growth needs. Cisco Prime, especially, gives them powerful management capabilities that provide not only network tracking, auto-configuration and report, but also a controlled change management process for compliance.

 

“The Cisco Catalyst 3750-X, along with Prime Infrastructure, have given us the visibility and foundation to project port growth and equipment purchase. With Cisco Prime management, we’re moving towards a more structured LAN environment, where switch installation and change policies are validated against organizational standards and industry regulations.” says Michael Shandraw, director of infrastructure services, SJH.

SJH is well on its way to simplifying operations and meeting their multi-year operational and management goals. They are winning a gold medal for their efforts and success.

Read a new Cisco SJH case study to learn more details.

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