Enabling bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and rich-media collaboration applications can help increase productivity, deliver superior employee collaboration, and improve business agility. The right campus access network can simplify BYOD and collaboration so that you can free up time to focus on strategic projects.
Healthcare providers are increasingly turning to information technology to address major trends sweeping the healthcare industry, such as:
- Pressure to reduce costs
- The need for increased access to patient records to drive superior outcomes
- Heightened concern for security and privacy
In fact, a recent survey of 200 healthcare IT professionals and 202 caregivers -- doctors and nurses -- at large hospitals found that 84 percent of caregivers believe health care IT improves the care of patients. The same survey also found that hospitals fail to realize the full benefits of their IT systems. For example, they correctly emphasize investments in endpoints, but they do not make adequate investments in the networking, compute and storage infrastructure.
Cisco has partnered with industry leader Hill-Rom to bridge this divide between endpoint systems/applications and networking/compute infrastructure. Cisco leads the industry in Ethernet switching for enterprise networks, and now offers the same standards-based switching technology for medical networks through Cisco UPOE Healthcare Solution in partnership with Hill-Rom. Healthcare providers can now eliminate the cost and complexity of managing separate corporate and medical networks by converging them into one Cisco network. The Cisco UPOE Healthcare Solution includes:
Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) can power a wide range of devices resiliently over the network with 60-watts of power per port. We showed a few of these devices getting powered through UPOE at Interop. Customers looking to deploy virtual desktops were impressed with the fact that they don’t have to pull 110/220V circuits for new campuses. Here is a short video of me walking through the demos at the show.
In the year 2000, we introduced 7 Watts inline power on our switching platforms. Since then, we have consistently doubled the power per port every 2 – 4 years. And now we are doing it again. Cisco Universal Power Over Ethernet (UPOE) is doubling the power delivered per port to 60 Watts on our modular access switching platform – the Cisco Catalyst 4500E. So what does that mean?
It means network power resiliency to a wide range of devices and seamless integration with Cisco EnergyWise, to help lower energy bills.
Cisco UPOE opens up a whole new range of devices to network power that was previously not possible with PoE+: virtual desktop monitors, IP Turrets for financial trading, Personal TelePresence systems, compact switches, building management gateway devices, and more. Plus, it lowers capital expenditures by consolidating backup power infrastructure into the wiring closet. And with Cisco UPOE, you can forget the need for wall circuits for end devices that are connected to an access switch. Beyond capital expenditures, Cisco UPOE lowers on-going costs by eliminating battery replacement cycles for devices such as building badge readers.