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*** For immediate use June 11, 2012
Tokyo, June 11, 2012 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today a new network system at Kanazawa University Hospital that features NEC's OpenFlow (*1) and Software Defined Network (SDN, *2) control technologies.
The system is installed at the hospital's Clinical Research Building, featuring two NEC UNIVERGE PF6800 programmable flow controller units that support OpenFlow, as well as sixteen UNIVERGE PF5240 programmable flow switches. Moreover, NEC completed system construct in just one month.
The Kanazawa University Hospital is an essential asset for medical services that plays an important role as a medical research and educational institution in the Hokuriku area of northwestern Japan. Until now, hospital network construction and expansion were carried out separately by each clinical department, making it difficult for network administrators to grasp the overall structure of the network. Furthermore, the addition of medical equipment also complicated network configuration and connectivity verification, which increased the burden and costs of network administration.
This new system addresses these issues by providing overall network visualization on a Graphical User Interface (GUI), which enables administrators to update network configuration easily and conveniently, in addition to facilitating efficient management of operations and protecting against human error. Furthermore, virtualized networks can be easily built for each department and new medical equipment can be flexibly added to the network.
Key features of the new system at Kanazawa University Hospital are as follows:
OpenFlow is a next generation networking technology that centralizes network control by separating network control functions from switches and concentrating on controllers. NEC is one of the founding members of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), a non-profit organization to standardize OpenFlow protocol.
*3) NEC Named Best of Interop 2012 Winner