Penobscot Community Health Care
“With our old system it used to take 12 hours to perform a local backup of our 1 TB SQL database. With SimpliVity we can back it up remotely in just one minute.”
– Jason Lewis, Director of IT Infrastructure and Security, PCHC
Penobscot Community Health Care, the largest and most comprehensive federally qualified health center in Maine, replaced its legacy multivendor IT implementation with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution provides rapid disaster recovery and ensures high performance and availability for the health care provider’s mission-critical applications and core IT services.
Business Challenge: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure Modernization and Consolidation
PCHC’s aging IT infrastructure—a mix of HP servers and Dell Compellent storage arrays— was running out of capacity and becoming increasingly costly and risky to maintain. Applications and data were only backed up locally, so equipment failures or catastrophes had the potential to disrupt critical IT services for an extended period of time. With elements of the data center approaching end-of-life, Jason Lewis, Director of IT Infrastructure and Security for PCHC, decided the time was right for a technology refresh.
After evaluating a number of options including solutions from Dell, Pivot3 and a hosted service provider, Lewis selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for PCHC’s next-generation IT implementation. “SimpliVity’s built-in data replication, deduplication and optimization features really stood out,” explains Lewis. “SimpliVity packs the entire IT stack, including data backup and recovery functionality, into one device.”
PCHC replaced an entire rack of legacy equipment with four 2U SimpliVity nodes in its primary data center, saving an estimated $34,500 in annual power and cooling costs. A fully redundant configuration ensures continuous availability in the event of equipment failures or application mishaps. Two additional SimpliVity nodes in a remote colocation facility enable seamless disaster recovery.
SimpliVity’s accelerated data efficiencies streamline backup and recovery functions. “With our old system it used to take 12 hours to perform a local backup of our 1 TB SQL database. With SimpliVity we can back it up remotely in just one minute,” explains Lewis. “We now remotely back up our most-critical applications every 30 minutes.” SimpliVity’s inherent data efficiencies also dramatically reduce storage costs; in the primary data center PCHC maintains 1.25 PB of data using just 40 TB of physical storage.
The SimpliVity solution also streamlines system administration. “With SimpliVity, IT generalists can clone VMs and spin up services in seconds from vCenter,” says Lewis. “Our specialists are freed up to focus on more strategic activities.”