• Highly redundant, scalable, virtualised infrastructure from Dell enables Trust to adapt quickly to changing needs of clinicians and patients
  • In-house team can manage growing data requirements and support requests for new applications and tools more quickly
  • New infrastructure reduces costs of scaling storage by 50 percent

today have shared details on their work with The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust to deploy a new, virtualized IT infrastructure that makes it easier and more cost-effective for the Trust to provide efficient IT services to clinicians and deliver on its data-driven healthcare strategy to enhance patient care.

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust is at the forefront of the digitised healthcare transformation taking place throughout the NHS in the UK. The Trust’s move to a data-driven environment is designed to give clinicians fast access to patient information to improve how care is delivered. To support the increasing volume of data and applications within the Trust, they needed a more flexible storage and IT infrastructure to meet its evolving service requests. The Trust turned to Dell, a long term IT partner, to deliver a highly redundant, energy efficient IT infrastructure that offers the capacity and performance to meet the its needs.

Giles Madin, IT manager at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust explained: “After listening to our needs and challenges, the Dell account team proposed Dell EqualLogic storage as a replacement for our incumbent legacy solution. The new solution allows us to meet our capacity requirements and replicate data between our data centers for resilience and disaster recovery. There is no expensive support contract, just a pay-as-you-grow system that ties in with our needs. The Dell EqualLogic arrays were simple to deploy and didn’t require any specific training for staff.”

With the help of Dell, the IT team at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has built a mirrored solution for the Trust’s primary and secondary data center which contains virtualized Dell PowerEdge M620 servers running VMware vSphere 5.1 server virtualization software and Dell EqualLogic storage arrays providing backup and recovery in the event of a disaster or outage. Dell Performance Analysis Collection Kit (DPACK) was used to assess workloads on the Trust’s infrastructure to understand specific storage requirements. Using the information gathered from this analysis enabled the Trust to precisely size its storage infrastructure to gain greater performance and cost efficiency. The Trust also leverages the power of Dell ProSupport to ensure ongoing stability and maximise performance.

Since the deployment, the staff across the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust has felt much more empowered. In particular, the oncology and diabetes departments are benefiting from improved data capacity and fast access to new applications running on the Dell PowerEdge M620 blade servers. The Trust has also reduced the costs of scaling its storage by an estimated 50 percent with Dell, no longer paying for an expensive maintenance contract or facing the issue of replacing the entire storage system when it needs more capacity.

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“Clinicians and hospital staff can now work much more efficiently – whether they’re dealing with patients or completing administration tasks – because they have a more flexible IT service. The new Dell solutions can handle all of their requests, enabling us to keep IT management in-house to save on costs and time,” said Giles Madin, IT manager at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. “We now have a future-ready IT infrastructure in place that can adapt to the changing needs of our clinicians and patients.”

“In an industry where data is king and the amount of information generated continues to grow, it is vital that healthcare organisations deploy IT infrastructures that can support the effective use of all of that data to enable better care of patients. We provide our healthcare customers with solutions that are tailored to meet not only new data requirements, but the specific needs of each customer - whether that is reducing costs, offering a disaster recovery platform or providing an infrastructure that can grow easily.” – Claire Vyvyan, general manager & executive director, Large Institutions, Dell UK.

About Dell Healthcare
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About Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust provides acute hospital care to around 500,000 people from Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and mid-Wales. The trust offers services from eight sites, and its main locations are the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) in Shrewsbury, which together represents around 99 per cent of the organisation’s activity.

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