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Healthcare Industry Turns to HP for Complete Storage Solutions
HP StorageWorks Solutions Enable Fast Information Access, Recovery and Data Protection for Healthcare ProvidersPALO ALTO, Calif., March 6, 2003
HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced several implementations at healthcare providers that support their growing storage infrastructure needs. The providers chose HP for its storage solutions that scale on demand and because it provides necessary support services to help keep systems running smoothly.
Recent HP StorageWorks customers in healthcare include the Austin Diagnostic Clinic, Hackensack University Medical Center and Gwinnett Health System. HP StorageWorks solutions enable these organizations to back up administrative and medical data more efficiently than before, lowering their total cost of ownership and increasing the return on their IT investments.
HP also helps healthcare providers meet The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) security requirements for backing up and protecting data and reduce the costs and business impact of HIPAA compliance. With an adaptive infrastructure from HP, organizations can respond quickly to changes in business and technology, improving their competitive advantage and customer service.
"HP offers healthcare providers heterogeneous, comprehensive storage solutions that are reliable, cost-effective and scalable to meet their future needs," said Tom Tiernan, Americas vice president and general manager, HP Network Storage Solutions. "We're seeing a shift in IT infrastructure as customers are increasingly moving toward a consolidated approach to solving their business problems and are embracing a single-vendor solution that HP is uniquely capable of delivering."
Austin Diagnostic Clinic (ADC)
One of the largest physician-owned clinics in the United States, ADC relies on a diverse mix of servers, which run the HP OpenVMS, HP Tru64 UNIX® and Microsoft® Windows® NT operating systems. ADC employed a multi-platform HP StorageWorks storage area network (SAN) solution. This solution allows ADC to maintain a large, fault-tolerant storage platform for the enterprise's mission-critical applications.
This collaborative approach and adaptive storage infrastructure helped ADC achieve greater business agility, greatly enhanced the reliability of its storage system and dramatically decreased backup processing time and corresponding data vulnerabilities.
"Thanks to HP StorageWorks technology, we can select best-of-breed solutions and not be locked into a single operating system," said Ron Brannan, chief information officer, ADC. "The SAN solution allowed us to maximize our data storage and management capabilities while minimizing our investment in disk storage and backup systems."
Gwinnett Health System (GHS)
GHS operates three hospitals plus supporting facilities in Gwinnett County, Ga. -- one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. To keep up with this growth, GHS needed a storage infrastructure that had the ability to scale on demand and could support AIX, HP-UX and Windows 2000 operating systems. GHS chose the HP StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) to meet these demands.
Because the EVA's virtual architecture delivers better performance, ease of management and significantly higher capacity utilization than traditional storage systems, it gave GHS hospital administrators the confidence to choose HP over its rivals. HP's service and support for multiple operating systems also played a key role in the decision.
"There are not a whole lot of vendors that can provide the end-to-end storage solutions and breadth of services that HP can provide," said Rick Allen, director of IT operations, GHS. "And those were the deciding factors in moving forward with HP."
Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC)
HUMC is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state of New Jersey, and its data requirements had grown 10-fold over the past two years. Previously using Sun, IBM and Compaq storage, HUMC turned to HP StorageWorks EVA to replicate and store all imaging data onto one centralized system. This enabled HUMC to substantially speed up data retrieval as well as gave them the ability to track space based on utilization and add more disks as needed.
"In the past, our imaging data was stored in multiple locations on our network. It was very difficult to manage and back up the data due to inconsistencies with the old model. Installing an HP EVA has allowed our doctors almost instantaneous access to all of our imaging -- X-rays, ultrasounds, CAT-scans and MRIs," said Edward Martinez, director of Information Technology, HUMC. "Storing all that data in one place offers us better manageability and has cut our operating costs significantly in the process."
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