Dell helps Welsh University Health Board Breathe New Life into IT Infrastructure
Cwm Taf University Health Board (UHB) has deployed Dell storage arrays and moved to a Hyper-V environment to support the continued development of electronic patient services.
Cwm Taf UHB serves a local population of 289,000 residents and has been instrumental in ensuring that they benefit from the latest developments in technology through the digitisation of the Health Board’s patient records and the introduction of mobile devices in every department. However, these initiatives have resulted in the need for a robust and flexible IT infrastructure to support the growing amount of data that plays a crucial role in the delivery of quality care.
As Matt Palmer, Head of Server Management at Cwm Taf University Health Board explains; “From executives to clinicians, everyone relies on networked data to do their work. Many applications are mission critical for running our sites so when our storage infrastructure approached the end of its lifecycle we knew we needed to take action and introduce a new IT environment that would improve performance and support continued data growth.”
After considering EMC, HP and Dell, the Board chose Dell due to its impressive data tiering functionality, which would future-proof its investment through cost-effective expansion of the IT infrastructure. The Dell Compellent storage arrays deliver a higher number of IOPS than ever before, allowing clinicians to access stored data faster and therefore help treat their patients more effectively.
Richard Rawcliffe, healthcare director, Dell UK said, “The introduction of data tiering is a smart way for organisations to reduce storage spend. Cwm Taf UHB has managed to reduce the amount of data that is stored on highest-end disk storage from 90 per cent to 30 per cent by deploying Dell Compellent, saving the organization a significant amount of money that can be redirected elsewhere.”
Cwm Taf UHB has also rolled out Windows Server® 2012 with Hyper-VTM as the server virtualization software with help from Dell. With the IT team busy with day-to-day operations, they needed additional assistance to help with the migration and decided to engage Dell Infrastructure Consulting Services.
Palmer explains; “Knowledge transfer during our move to Hyper-V was excellent. It was a good experience and we soon took over the build of our virtual cluster and transferring data to the new environment.” The Hyper-V cluster delivers around 80 virtual servers, which support a wide range of applications. These cover clinical services such as radiology, pharmaceuticals, pathology, maternity and administrative systems including Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.
“With these upgrades to our IT infrastructure, we’re in a better position to support clinicians and staff with faster access to data stored on the network. Personnel are seeing enhanced application performance with Dell Compellent storage, helping them provide an improved service,” says Palmer. “As well as being much easier to manage from our perspective, the Dell storage solution also provides us with capacity and performance for future healthcare applications as we are able to scale the storage incrementally. The addition of Dell Compellent Enterprise Manager also means that we can manage the infrastructure much more proactively including the accurate prediction of when extra storage will be required. We can push ahead with the development of our clinical systems knowing that we have a reliable storage platform in place.”
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About Cwm Taf University Health BoardCwm Taf University Health Board is responsible for providing healthcare services to the population of Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, estimated to be around 289,400 people. It provides a full range of hospital and community-based services employing approximately 7,000 members of staff making us the second largest employer in the area. For more information, visit www.cwmtafuhb.wales.nhs.uk.