The Oregon Medical Group recently introduced SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure solutions to improve the reliability and performance of their business-critical applications. The SimpliVity solution enables business continuity and disaster recovery across sites, while eliminating infrastructure cost and complexity.
The Oregon Medical Group is a primary care physician group with ten offices throughout Eugene and Springfield Oregon. The practice relies on a variety of IT applications to care for patients and conduct business including Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, WebApp, collaboration tools and GE Centricity electronic medical records software. Extended application downtime or lost data can impede healthcare worker productivity, impair patient care and damage the practice’s reputation.
The medical group’s legacy IT infrastructure—non-redundant Dell servers and NetApp storage systems—was becoming a growing liability. The systems were installed in a single location and were susceptible to equipment failures, power outages or disasters. The group embarked on a modernization plan to improve the reliability, performance and economics of their IT infrastructure. After evaluating several options, including offerings from NetApp and Nimble, the group’s IT organization selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure solutions for their next-generation data center initiative, deploying a federation of ten SimpliVity OmniCube nodes across two geographically separated sites. The distributed SimpliVity implementation is immune to individual device failures or site outages.
Coincidently, Oregon Medical Group’s solution aligns with what Gartner recommends for IT service continuity and DR. According to Gartner, “Business reliance on IT is driving IT service availability requirements toward 100% and disaster RTO/RPO requirements to be measured in hours, not days. As a result, in 2015, the dominant IT service continuity and disaster recovery trends will include:
- Server virtualization will enable significant availability and DR improvements
- DR orchestration automation use will become widespread
- Active-active data center use will increase
- Replication will increasingly replace backup for DR.
- Cloud services will increasingly be used for data archiving, data protection and disaster recovery1”
SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure contains CAPEX and OPEX by consolidating a variety of IT functions—including compute, storage, network switching, replication, and backup—onto virtualized industry-standard x86 hardware. The solution’s resilient architecture and built-in data protection capabilities ensure high availability and rapid recovery for the medical practice’s mission-critical applications. SimpliVity’s hardware-accelerated deduplication, compression and optimization capabilities minimize I/O and network traffic, enabling efficient data mobility and disaster recovery across the two sites. For details see SimpliVity’s Secret Sauce.
The Oregon Medical Group now enjoys all the reliability, performance and financial advantages of a modern, hyperconverged IT infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution eliminates expense, risk and uncertainty, and frees up valuable IT staff to focus on strategic business activities. Thanks to SimpliVity the group has been able to:
- Improve business continuity for mission-critical applications by enabling seamless failover/failback across locations
- Meet aggressive RTO/RPO goals; applications are backed up and restored across sites in just minutes with automated site recovery
- Realize data capacity savings of over 200:1 through inline deduplication, compression and optimization
- Simplified hardware infrastructure and system maintenance tasks, reducing operating expenditures by 20%.
1 Source: Gartner, 2015 Planning Guide for Data Center Modernization and Consolidation, Matthew Brisse, 03 Oct 2014, G00264009