Nagahama City is located in the Shiga Prefecture of Japan. In 2006, Nagahama City, Asai Town and Biwa Town were merged into one city. Then in 2010, the city merged with a further six municipalities. All of these now form the current Nagahama City.
As Nagahama City has expanded the scope of its ICT systems through repeated mergers, their employees have experienced a number of challenges. The city deliberately operated separate backbone, information and VolP networks, for security reasons. Though this setup was effective for security, it was relatively costly because different sets of network equipment were needed for each of the three networks.
To reduce ICT costs, simplify network operation and management, and build a long-lasting, stable ICT infrastructure, the city leaders wanted to converge their information and IP Telephony (VoIP) systems onto a single network.
The city chose Allied Telesis to provide its new network solution. Their converged network has been constructed from Allied Telesis Management Framework (AMF) capable switches.
Utilizing AMF greatly reduces the city’s network operation and management workload, by automating switch configuration and consolidating network management.