Kanaiwa Hospital in Kanazawa, Japan, selects Allied Telesis Autonomous Management Framework™ (AMF) to provide centralized management of its new non-stop network.

Founded in 1956, Kanaiwa Hospital is in Kanazawa-shi, in Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture. Currently, the hospital has departments including psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine and child psychiatry, and provides 189 beds.

A nonstop network with seamless network access

In 2013 Kanaiwa Hospital decided to introduce a comprehensive Electronic Health Record System (EHR), including an ordering system.

The hospital needed a robust and healthy medical network that would easily connect their departments, services and functions. Key to the success of Kanaiwa’s new network was that it provide “non-stop networking”—a high-availability architecture that removes the risk of failure through resilient design.

Kanaiwa’s new network had to cover different wards and departments. It was therefore important that uninterrupted wireless access to the new EHRs, and other online systems, be available for staff—wherever they may need to connect from.

With a very small number of IT staff, and a complex modern network, centralized and automated management was a must. Kanaiwa Hospital needed to simplify their network management to save administration time and reduce operational costs.

Centralized management & switching at the edge

Allied Telesis decided to use the SwitchBlade x8100 Series, which is compatible with Allied Telesis Autonomous Management Framework™ (AMF), as the core switch. The x510 Series were installed as intelligent edge switches.

The SwitchBlade x8100 Series acts as the AMF Master. This enables centralized configuration, and simultaneous administration of multiple switches. Automated backup of the entire network, along with zero-touch recovery of any switch, are powerful AMF features which simplify the network, and reduce the time and costs associated with network management.

The network installation went very smoothly. The hospital completed the development of the new network with direct support from Allied Telesis throughout the entire process, from suggested design to the installation of the new system.

We use AMF to perform centralized management, which is extremely efficient and effective. I can now successfully administer and manage a large, highly-available network with a very small IT team.

Mr. Naoto Kawahara

Healthcare information technologist, IT Management Section,

Kanaiwa Hospital

Simple & easy to manage

Thanks to Allied Telesis advanced products and technology, Kanaiwa Hospital has built a network which will not stop, and which features centralized management, automated administration, and uninterrupted access to online digital assets.

Kanaiwa Hospital’s new network has the resilience and robustness required to run their new EMRs, and all their other online systems. Hospital staff have constant access to digital resources to enable the provision of superior healthcare.

The SwitchBlade x8100 Series chassis switch provides a fully resilient network core, with dual load-sharing power supplies and dual control cards. Link aggregation to network storage, as well as the x510 Series edge switches, provides a network with no single point of failure, and higher bandwidth for increased performance.

AMF has provided Kanaiwa hospital with a network that is extremely simple to manage. With AMF, multiple devices can be upgraded, or have configuration updates done simultaneously.

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