Information technology solutions provider NEC has supplied new software-defined networking (SDN) infrastructure for Nagoya City University Hospital in Japan.

The SDN-based infrastructure solution features UNIVERGE PF Series (ProgrammableFlow) that allows the hospital to improve its operational efficiency through the physical integration and visualisation of networks.

NEC’s solution will help the Nagoya hospital improve its service by streamlining data sharing between departments and reducing workload for medical and IT staff.

The technology is also said to be helpful in accelerating the process of introducing new equipment in the future with reduced ongoing support costs.

NEC claims that its new solution enables hospitals to connect their new equipment to the right virtualised networks in minutes.

With the solution, the overall structure of the systems and data flows can also be visualised.

According to NEC, the technology helps hospitals reduce their capital expenditure and ongoing operational costs by virtualising and pooling compute, store and network resources across departments.

NEC Solution Platform Business Division deputed general manager Jiro Kitakaze said the new solution eliminates the problem of stranded capacity with under-utilised switches and servers in some departments and the need for additional resources in others.

"NEC has been able to reduce the number switches the hospital needs to run its network switches from 40 to just 8 and the number of server racks from 17 to just 6, which occupy 65% less space," Kitakaze added.