“With SimpliVity we can back up, move and restore VMs across sites—quickly and simply. The speed and time savings are big advantages of the SimpliVity solution.”
– Johan Verbeek, Systems Manager, Practimed
Belgian healthcare provider Practimed replaced its siloed IT implementation with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution ensures high availability and performance for the provider’s critical healthcare applications and data.
Business Challenge: Disaster Recovery, Infrastructure Modernization and Consolidation
Practimed’s legacy IT environment—a mix of stand-alone servers and storage arrays— had become too costly and risky to maintain and scale. Expanding capacity meant deploying additional servers, storage arrays and SAN switches—an expensive and time-consuming proposition. And the healthcare provider was unable to meet its RPO/RTO goals using its legacy data protection solution.
Johan Verbeek, Systems Manager for Practimed, saw a SimpliVity demonstration at a trade show and was impressed by the product’s built-in data backup and recovery capabilities. “We have strict legal requirements for securing and archiving patient records, plus we need to ensure critical data is always available for our medical teams,” explains Verbeek. “Finding a reliable disaster recovery solution had become one of our priorities. We were pleasantly surprised to discover a hyperconverged platform that provided DR.”
Practimed installed SimpliVity nodes in two data centers to ensure high availability and enable disaster recovery for its core healthcare applications including its data-intensive radiology imaging and electronic healthcare records systems. The healthcare provider replaced an entire rack of legacy equipment with three 2U SimpliVity nodes.
SimpliVity provides a scalable, modular, 2U building block of x86 resources that offers all the functionality of traditional IT infrastructure—including server, storage and data protection functions—in a single device, with a unified administrative interface. The solution helps Practimed improve disaster recovery and business continuity, while reducing TCO and simplifying operations.
The SimpliVity solution performs inline deduplication, compression and optimization on all data across all phases of the data lifecycle, helping Practimed conserve storage capacity and WAN bandwidth, and accelerate data backup and recovery functions. SimpliVity’s VM-centric management dramatically simplifies routine administrative tasks; Practimed system admins can easily provision, clone, move or restore VMs using the familiar VMware vCenter console.
“With SimpliVity we can back up, move and recover VMs across sites—quickly and simply,” explains Verbeek. “The speed and time savings are big advantages of the SimpliVity solution.” Thanks to SimpliVity, Practimed now takes full advantage of a modern IT implementation that delivers superior economics, agility and reliability.”