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Delivering a Seamless, Mission-Critical Hospital Network
At Sunway Medical Centre in Malaysia, faultless non-stop network performance is essential. With Allied Telesis solutions, this major hospital guarantees both patient safety and satisfaction
October 1, 2019
Allied Telesis

Sunway Medical Centre is one of the leading private tertiary medical care centres in Malaysia. Over 2000 medical professionals provide a wide range of health services, all underpinned by the network infrastructure.

Any hospital network is truly mission-critical, and Sunway Medical Centre’s is no different—it must run faultlessly 24 hours a day, every day. High availability, impeccable performance, and ease of management are non-negotiable requirements. Extremely fast recovery in case of failure is top priority, to ensure network continuity and protect patients.

As healthcare evolves, hospital networks must support new levels of speed, reliability and scale. The Centre needed a future-proof solution, while centralized management and network automation were key to success – plus the changeover to the new network had to be carried out without lengthy downtime.

With its strong focus on Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Allied Telesis was an easy choice for this busy medical centre.

Providing a seamless digital experience
Allied Telesis designed and installed the new network with its strategic partner, Hitachi Sunway Information Systems (“Hitachi Sunway”) a leading ICT Services Integrator in ASEAN.

Advanced Allied Telesis products and features ensure a highly resilient network with a comprehensive feature set that is still easy to use. The Allied Telesis solution combines virtualization technology, secure link monitoring, and the ability to easily connect and power wireless access points. Powerful automation and graphical management tools reduce administration time and effort, freeing IT staff to work on new technology goals and support the next evolution of medical care systems at Sunway.

Strong support from Allied Telesis and Hitachi Sunway meant the transition to the new network went smoothly. Hitachi Sunway will continue to support the Centre as they expand their medical systems and toolset.

Resiliency has been a focus in the Centre’s new network design. The network now features two Allied Telesis SwitchBlade x8100 Series chassis switches in the network core. Allied Telesis VCStack Plus technology connects these together into a single virtual unit, combining the resiliency of two units with the simplicity of managing them as a single unit. Link aggregation to servers, network storage, and distribution switches
means there is no single point of failure in the core, with both device and path resiliency.

x930 Series switches are used for distribution, connected to x510 Series edge switches, which use Power over Ethernet (PoE) to connect and power wireless access points.

Allied Telesis Autonomous Management FrameworkTM (AMF) automates network administration, while Vista Manager EX enables graphical monitoring and management of the new AMF network. Vista Manager EX provides network optimization, proactive monitoring tools, and actionable reporting for an easy-to-use yet powerful solution.

Allied Telesis innovative Active Fiber Monitoring (AFM) provides specialized data protection by monitoring optical fiber, with no need for expensive third-party equipment. AFM protects against intrusion, automatically raising the alarm and shutting down a link to stop any tampering or data theft across the medical centre.

New capabilities transform infrastructure management
The Centre now enjoys lower operational costs and truly simple network management.  The resilient new network enables always-on access to the many medical systems and applications that support patient healthcare. The benefits of high availability, increased capacity and ease of management ensure 24 x 7 x 365 operation in this mission-critical environment.

Sunway staff now have seamless online connectivity, and patient services are easily accessed from all parts of the campus. The new Allied Telesis network connects medical professionals with the information they need to provide the best possible healthcare to every patient.