Neil Medical Group is a leading regional medical supplier and pharmacy services company serving the healthcare industry and customers throughout the Southeast. Based in North Carolina, the medical supplier had reached a tipping point with its IT infrastructure and decided change was not only necessary, but critical. The company wanted to focus on an infrastructure that was simple and easy to manage, but which would also provide peak and predictable performance for its mission-critical applications.
The IT environment Neil Medical Group was moving away from was a mix of legacy equipment from Dell and IBM. The environment had become outdated and was restricting business productivity and performance. The IT team also found they were running out of capacity with their legacy equipment. To start the process of moving to a new IT infrastructure, Neil Medical Group investigated a number of vendors, but eventually decided on SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure.
Neil Medical Group’s Director of IT, Chad Benfield, felt that the SimpliVity solution was more all-inclusive than the other infrastructure options they were presented with – and it came with a more affordable price tag.
“SimpliVity offered everything we need – compute, storage, disaster recovery, business continuity – in a single appliance that is extremely easy to manage,” Benfield said. “The other options required separate data protection and WAN optimization products and would have ended up costing twice as much as SimpliVity.”
The advantages of SimpliVity for Neil Medical Group were clear. It is the only hyperconverged platform that assimilates all IT below the hypervisor and delivers enterprise-grade performance at a price point to rival the public cloud. Along with global unified management and accelerated data efficiency, built-in data protection is a hallmark of the SimpliVity solution. For Neil Medical Group, the built-in data protection and ease of management have already more than proved their value.
“It used to take hours to update each pharmacy with our old tape-based system. With SimpliVity we can backup and restore applications in seconds. We can spin up VMs, test out new releases, and put them into production quickly and easily. We always stand up a replicated copy of a live server at an alternate data center to apply the upgrades and test prior to releasing for production. This has always worked seamlessly with SimpliVity.”
With backups and restores that occur in seconds, SimpliVity is a time-saver that also improves Neil Medical Group’s operational efficiency. In fact, in an April 2016 IDC white paper sponsored by SimpliVity, IDC found that SimpliVity customers increased IT budget spent on new technology projects/purchases vs. IT budget spent on maintaining existing infrastructure by an equivalent increase of 33%. They also found SimpliVity customers increased time spent on innovation and new projects from 16% to 29%, equivalent to an 81% increase.
With gains in operational efficiency, Neil Medical Group is better able to focus on the needs of their customers and the IT team can focus on initiatives that add value to the organization.