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Case Study: South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, Jan 17, 2014 – HP today announced that the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has improved its IT services while saving space, time and costs by installing two HP Performance Optimised Data Centres (PODs) at the Ulster Hospital, Belfast.

The two 20-foot HP PODs deliver the equivalent compute power of a 2,000 square foot bricks-and-mortar data centre, providing reliable, cost-effective IT services to the Trust’s four hospitals and 120 facilities. Housed within the PODs, an HP private cloud solution forms a single virtual data centre environment for all the Trust’s IT operations.

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust provides acute hospital, community health and social services for a population of 345,000. It encompasses the government districts of Newtownards, Down, North Down and Lisburn, and employs around 11,000 staff.

“Demand for IT services in the healthcare sector has grown exponentially in the past few years, but the simple fact is that hospitals are not designed to house data centres,” says Stephen Stewart, Assistant Director Technology and Telecommunications, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust. “We have centralised all server support for the Trust at the Ulster Hospital, which is undergoing a rebuild. Originally this included the provision of two new bricks-and mortar data centres but, instead of putting an expensive data centre in each of the new buildings, we have located two containerised HP PODs right next to them. From day one, we know that the HP PODs will deliver scalable capacity to meet our compute requirement for the next seven to ten years.”

Each of the Trust’s high density HP PODs houses an HP CloudSystem comprising space-saving HP ProLiant BladeSystem c7000 enclosures with virtualised HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 Server Blade. High availability HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb Ethernet Modules simplify the connection of the server blades to an iSCSI storage area network (SAN) based on scalable HP StoreVirtual Storage systems. The PODs are connected across a 40GB campus fibre network utilising a high performance HP FlexFabric Virtual Switch 5920v backbone to improve IT productivity by unifying the virtual and physical fabric.

 

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