Wheeling Hospital has dumped EMC and opted for Dell storage to boost system performance and support new initiatives with new data center technology based on Dell solutions.
The Wheeling, West Virginia-based community hospital’s IT staff can spend less time on data center administration and focus on implementing critical new technology initiatives to improve healthcare delivery.
As part of a major IT deal, Wheeling Hospital, which has 276 beds, will be migrating from EMC to Dell storage, servers and networking. The main purpose of the deal was to update its outdated IT infrastructure, including an aging EMC storage area network (SAN) array, and improve database backups that were taking up to ten hours to complete.
Wheeling Hospital deployed a Dell Compellent SAN for the first time. The hospital benefited from a hybrid flash Dell Compellent solution, including both write-intensive and read-intensive flash drives as well as spinning-disk capabilities. Wheeling Hospital deployed two Dell Compellent SC8000 flash-optimized arrays, each with 60TB of storage.
“With two separate tiers of flash and another bottom tier of spinning disk, we are able to optimize our storage costs and meet the needs of both our clinical information system and our less critical systems in one array. The Compellent solution provides automated intelligent data placement across multiple tiers and is definitely a huge advantage,” said Brent Estep, senior systems engineer at Wheeling Hospital.
The hospital also deployed ten PowerEdge R720 rack servers, as well as two PowerEdge R910s for its database platform. Wheeling Hospital upgraded its networking environment from 1-Gigabit switches to four Dell Networking 8132 switches, which provide 10-Gigabit Ethernet capabilities.
Wheeling Hospital improved the performance of its clinical information system once it implemented the new storage, server and networking technologies. The hospital cut backup time in half and achieved a 40 percent increase in database performance with the Dell Compellent flash-optimized array and Dell Networking switches.
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