22 Dec 2012 Hong Kong - IBM is building a virtualized infrastructure for one of the leading health care providers in Hong Kong, Quality HealthCare Medical Services (QHMS). The project involves the consolidation of more than 100 servers into a Cloud environment that hosts QHMS' mission critical systems that serve over 600 medical centres in Hong Kong and Macau. The optimized infrastructure will enable QHMS to reduce IT maintenance and disaster recovery costs, ensure production system maintainability and performance, and achieve energy-savings.
By reducing the number of physical servers from over 100 to eight IBM System x3650 servers and centralizing storage, QHMS can reduce IT operational costs by 25 percent and software license and related maintenance costs by 23 percent. The new and highly redundant server infrastructure also includes an automated centralized back-up system of IBM System Storage DS3500 Express that enables fast, secure and cost-effective storage management, back-up and recovery.
"We are always looking for ways to further improve the patient experience. Our new Cloud allows us to deliver information to our doctors faster and in a more reliable way", stated Elaine Chu, Chief Operating Officer of QHMS. "As a result, we will be able to serve our patients more effectively and with higher levels of care. It is very exciting to see how we can make a difference to our patients with the help of technology."
Additionally, the deployment of the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence solution provides financial key performance indicator (KPI) and analysis, creating the opportunity to gain more timely business information for better business performance management and smarter decision-making.
QHMS aims to monitor business performance in over 600 medical centres. With IBM Cognos BI, QHMS can build a standardized and centralized information delivery platform that is scalable and flexible, and that enables QHMS to monitor the performance of a wide range of services running on different systems. QHMS' management team can now easily access timely business information with just a few mouse clicks, speeding response times to business needs and patient demands. As a result, QHMS can now focus on analyzing outcomes to drive smarter business decisions instead of spending time compiling manual reports.
"We are pleased to help Quality HealthCare build a smarter computing infrastructure to support its growth strategy", stated Savio Ng, Executive, Systems and Technology Group at IBM China/Hong Kong Limited. "By providing a scalable server and storage infrastructure, we believe we can help Quality Healthcare drive greater efficiencies and address its business growth in a dynamic market."
The server consolidation project was delivered through Microware, which provided system analysis and infrastructure design consultation services, including consolidation assessment, network, storage and back-up design for the project. The system migration is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.
"IBM and Microware made our Cloud implementation much easier than it should have been. From the moment we approached them, they worked closely with us to make our vision for a Cloud into a reality", stated Gerhard Zielinski, Chief Information Officer of QHMS.