The University of Kansas Hospital has selected A10 Networks’ application delivery controllers (ADCs) to deploy Microsoft Exchange across its network.

The hospital selected A10 to support its growing infrastructure needs and prepare for the large-scale deployment of Microsoft Exchange. Application delivery partitions (ADPs) are also expected to add flexibility with virtualisation for multi-tenancy.

The hospital preferred A10 based on the performance and scalability of the devices, and because they were more flexible and energy efficient than any competing solution.

The hospital’s network infrastructure currently consists of two data centres that support approximately 5,500 employees in 50 locations.

KU Hospital selected A10’s mid-range ADCs that include 10Gb ports, flexible traffic acceleration technology for distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation, additional security functionality and high-performance SSL offload.

The mid-range AX 3200-12s have increased efficiency with system virtualisation to create up to 128 ADPs for multi-tenancy, so that the hospital can support more users and applications on existing equipment.

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University of Kansas Hospital systems engineer Robert Rowland said that the hospital will be saving 30% of its rack space and reducing energy costs in its data centre.

"We also discovered that in approximately five years, we will save over $1m on what a competitor quoted us for equivalent hardware, functionality and performance," Rowland added.

A10 Networks vice president of worldwide marketing Jason Matlof said: "Our new A10 Thunder and AX Series ADCs help customers ensure reliability, scalability and security of their applications with energy-efficient designs that reduce the power, cooling and space demands in their data centres."

The University of Kansas Hospital is equipped with 699 staffed beds (plus 24 bassinets) and serves more than 28,000 inpatients annually. It is affiliated with the University of Kansas Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions, and their various research projects.