Franklin, Indiana-based Johnson Memorial Hospital was faced with multiple aging and disaggregated external disk storage systems from EMC. These systems required manual allocation of physical storage resources to specific applications, resulting in management complexities, delayed response times and rising maintenance costs.
The hospital needed an easy-to-manage system that offered robust disaster recovery capabilities, high availability of medical records, and compliance with new regulations. The hospital also needed its critical MEDITECH environment to quickly adapt to advances in medical technologies.
Johnson Memorial Hospital replaced its legacy infrastructure with an HP Converged Infrastructure composed of HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage and HP StoreOnce Backup, as well as HP ProLiant DL380 Blade Servers and HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosures. As a result, business-critical applications perform 50 times faster and the hospital's information systems experience zero downtime. This provides clinicians with instant and reliable access to information that ensures high-quality patient care. Since moving to the new environment, the hospital also reduced ongoing maintenance fees for a key application by $50,000 for a projected savings of $250,000 over the next five years.
"Our existing IT environment was siloed and required IT staff to spend most of their time fixing point solutions, resulting in inefficient health care services", stated Scott Krodel, vice president and chief information officer, Johnson Memorial Hospital. "HP Converged Infrastructure enables us to manage our IT environment holistically and pro-actively, allowing us to use technology to enhance the delivery of care and services to our patients."
Replacing disparate primary storage systems with a single HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage array enabled the hospital to flexibly allocate unused storage capacity where needed, reducing the storage capacity for one of the hospital's radiology applications by 25 percent. The hospital therefore decreased storage footprint and energy consumption without compromising application performance. The ability to flexibly allocate storage as needed also minimizes future hardware investments as the health care provider adopts new applications.
Since incorporating the HP StoreOnce 4000 Backup system into its disaster recovery strategy, Johnson Memorial Hospital has experienced four times faster back-up and 10 times faster recovery speeds compared to its previous solution. Daily data back-ups are now completed in one hour and the time spent on weekly back-ups has been reduced from six hours to just one hour.
A key component of HP Converged Storage, HP StoreOnce Backup ensures business continuity while maximizing capacity utilization by deduplicating back-up data and storing only one copy on disk. This enables data to be efficiently replicated using low-bandwidth replication from a primary data centre to one or more disaster recovery sites. In the event of a failure, work flow can continue as the HP StoreOnce Backup system splits the backup process into small segments for rapid data recovery.
Increasing back-up density with the HP StoreOnce Backup system's 91.1:1 deduplication ratio enables Johnson Memorial Hospital to store 36.2 TB of data within 397 GB of disk space. Organisational and IT productivity is strengthened with the ability to effortlessly restore users data within two to three hours - more than four times faster than the hospital's legacy solution.
To ensure business continuity, the health care provider also deployed an additional HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage array at its disaster recovery site. Between data replication and back-ups, the hospital's two data centres deliver three levels of redundancy for all critical components, including automatic back-ups to HP StoreOnce performed every six hours without impacting work flow.
Johnson Memorial Hospital also leverages the HP 3PAR Management Console to improve data centre efficiency with simplified management and automatic provisioning of virtual volumes and drives with a few mouse clicks.
"Hospitals are under significant pressure to reduce costs while struggling to manage digital record growth, which makes implementing modern storage a business imperative", stated Chris Riley, vice president, U.S., Storage, HP. "HP Converged Storage delivers the scalability to accommodate future data growth, while providing high availability and application performance, enabling Johnson Memorial Hospital to focus on patient care."
The new HP Converged Infrastructure at Johnson Memorial Hospital also has accelerated the speed of test back-ups and the ability to update services as well as add storage or servers. The ability to rapidly modify applications significantly improved the hospitals agility in responding to new regulatory requirements.
Johnson Memorial Hospital also worked with HP and HP partner and MEDITECH solutions provider Park Place International to migrate the hospital's MEDITECH electronic health record, health care information system, radiology, clinical and financial systems, resulting in additional efficiencies.