Weeks Medical Center
“With SimpliVity, in just minutes we can restore massive radiology files that used to grind our Dell vRanger product to a halt.”
– Darrell Bodnar, Director of Information Services, Weeks Medical Center
Weeks Medical Center, a leading healthcare services provider for New Hampshire’s North Country, replaced its fragmented IT systems with SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure. The SimpliVity solution eliminates costs and complexity and ensures high performance and availability for critical healthcare applications and patient data.
Business Challenge: Infrastructure Modernization, Consolidation and Data Protection
Weeks’s aging multivendor IT infrastructure—a mix of HP servers and Dell EqualLogic storage systems—had become too costly and risky to maintain and scale. Expanding capacity or introducing new applications meant deploying additional servers, storage arrays and SAN switches—an expensive and time-consuming proposition. And to make matters worse, the IT organization was unable to meet its RPO/RTO goals using its legacy Dell backup solution.
Darrell Bodnar, Director of Information Services for Weeks Medical sought to improve the performance, agility and reliability of the center’s IT systems. After evaluating a number of options including Nutanix, Bodnar selected SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure for the healthcare provider’s next-generation IT implementation.
“SimpliVity provides an entire IT stack in a compact, simple to administer appliance,” says Bodnar. “The product’s built-in backup and recovery features, and hardware-accelerated data compression and dedupe capabilities were big selling points, especially compared to the Nutanix product.”
Weeks installed SimpliVity OmniCubes in its primary and secondary data centers to ensure high availability and to enable disaster recovery for its core healthcare applications, including its data-intensive radiology imaging, electronic healthcare record and electrocardiography systems.
The SimpliVity solution helps Weeks meet aggressive RPO/RTO windows to ensure HIPAA compliance and safeguard critical applications and data. “With SimpliVity, in just minutes we can restore massive radiology files that used to grind our Dell vRanger product to a halt,” explains Bodnar. “And when we had a problem with our EMR application we were able to revert to an older version in 38 seconds.”
The solution also helps Weeks contain costs and accelerate service agility. “We realize over $100,000 a year in CAPEX and OPEX savings with SimpliVity,” says Bodnar. “And because the system is so simple to manage we can rollout and upgrade applications much more quickly and easily to support the business.”