From the Security Experts

June 15, 2010

Turkish Armed Forces Hospital System Modernized by Allied Telesis

By SIP Trunking Report Contributor

The Turkish Armed Forces or TAF is one of the biggest standing forces in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO. TAF has selected Allied Telesis, Inc., a global provider of secure IP/Ethernet switching solutions as the network solutions provider for improvements to 34 military medical facilities. This is as a part of an ongoing technology modernization effort driven by the Turkish Ministry of Defense. Specialized security protocols for enhanced protection of sensitive personnel and patient information are incorporated in the highly flexible Allied Telesis multilayer core switching solution.

In a release, Philip Jopa, CTO at Allied Telesis said, "Allied Telesis is working closely with the Turkish Armed Forces as they undergo a vast modernization effort to transform their networked infrastructure.” Jopa added TAF wanted a technology solution offering speed, security, and scalability due to the highly sensitive and confidential data being transferred. The company could help TAF in this deployment of a complex medical network within a large military system due to the company’s exhaustive experience with military and defense networks.
The hospital Internet and intranet were seamlessly integrated by the Allied Telesis solution.
Private VLAN or virtual local area network capabilities, and Network Access Control or NAC security, are the features of the AT-x908 and AT-8624 advanced and Fast Ethernet Layer-3 switches. These are ideal for securing the end user entry point at the edge of the intranet with full routing capabilities to handle high levels of data traffic transported along the backbone of the system.
Workstation security was ensured with the AT-AR440S and AT-8516F enable fiber-to-the-desk or FTTD and 802.1x MAC or media access control based VLAN assignments. The workstations were connected by the AT-2701FX fiber NICs to the data center.
In a release, Antonella Santoro, Southern European Sales Director, at Allied Telesis said, “Having a network with nearly 5000 workstation users in 34 hospitals posed a unique challenge, as we needed to ensure the network could scale in terms of performance and end user security.” Santoro added the company proposed a multilayer core switching solution based on Allied Telesis modular machines. They were selected as their enterprise-class network solutions offer high resiliency, advanced security, and innovative, flexible models at a reduced cost.

Calvin Azuri is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Calvin’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight