From the diverse users passing through a healthcare setting to the patient-critical devices connecting to the network, healthcare environments are increasingly complex. Hospitals become more challenging when you consider wired legacy devices with subpar security systems.
To address the growing need for intelligence, adaptability and security at the edge, Extreme launched Smart OmniEdge to deliver a consistent customer-driven experience via the flexibility of an on-premise deployment or as-a-service offering, providing an extra layer of security healthcare devices require.
Smart OmniEdge was designed to meet challenges specific to the healthcare sector. For example, medical devices are both mobile and smart, which makes them targets for break-ins and security attacks and to make matters worse, often the operating systems of healthcare devices are not up to date with the latest security patches. That’s why Extreme incorporated Extreme Defender for IoT into its Smart OmniEdge solution. Once it’s deployed, no IT staff intervention is required, even as medical or IoT devices are relocated.
Extreme Networks’ Smart OmniEdge solution is comprised of a secure, unified wired/wireless infrastructure and AI-driven management capabilities, accessible through a single pane of glass. The solution provides common visibility, policy and authentication services across the entire infrastructure. Purpose built to address the growth of users and internet of things (IoT) devices, Smart OmniEdge uniquely delivers a consistent customer-driven experience across diverse network environments, via flexibility of on-premise deployment or as-a-service offering. The resulting network and insights give customers the agility required to grow and adapt quickly as their business needs change, while protecting their investments.
Key features of the Smart OmniEdge solution include:
– ExtremeAI for Smart OmniEdge: A powerful, hosted application that augments human intelligence with proactive artificial intelligence to simplify the complex task of RF management. The solution uses machine learning to collect network analytics, device statistics, connection rates, and user and application experience characteristics. This enables the network to continuously learn and adapt to a customer’s clients and applications accessing the Wi-Fi network.
– ExtremeCloud Appliance: Designed for customers that love the simplicity of the ExtremeCloud solution and want an on-premise solution. ExtremeCloud Appliance delivers cloud-like licensing and management with tightly integrated services and features on-premise deployments require. ExtremeCloud Appliance is container ready for operational expansion. It is also available as a virtual machine (VM) for customers that have their own private cloud services.
– Extreme Extended Edge Switching: An innovative technology that collapses multiple network layers into a single logical switch, enhancing the intelligence of edge switches, while flattening the network and eliminating deployment complexity. The result is a simplified operational model that reduces costs.
– Extreme Defender for IoT: A comprehensive security solution that simplifies onboarding and securing of wired IoT devices. The Defender for IoT application can be deployed on the ExtremeCloud Appliance in any form factor, and used to help ensure secure access of IoT devices plugged into the wall jack AP or the Extreme Defender Adaptor. The solution provides centralized visibility and management, enabling IT to analyze traffic flows and pinpoint anomalies. The solution works with the Extreme Fabric Connect solution or over third-party networks to protect IoT devices, and is ideal for healthcare environments.
Extreme Networks’ Smart OmniEdge solutions will be available worldwide in CYQ3, 2018.