Cwm Taf University Health Board moves to Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 18 June 2014
Cwm Taf University Health Board moves to Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V

Cwm Taf University Health Board (UHB) in Wales, UK, has deployed Dell Compellent storage arrays and migrated to Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V to support the digitisation of patient records and services. 

The board – which serves a local population of 289,000 residents –  needed to improve the robustness and flexibility of its IT infrastructure to support its electronic record initiative, the growing amount of data, and the introduction of mobile devices in every department.

“From executives to clinicians, everyone relies on networked data to do their work,” said Matt Palmer, head of server management at Cwm Taf UHB. “Many applications are mission critical for running our sites so when our storage infrastructure approached the end of its lifecycle we knew we needed to take action and introduce a new IT environment that would improve performance and support continued data growth.” 

Chosen for their data tiering functionality, the Dell Compellent storage arrays deliver a higher number of input/output operations per second than ever before, allowing clinicians to access stored data faster and treat their patients more effectively.

“The introduction of data tiering is a smart way for organisations to reduce storage spend,” said Richard Rawcliffe, healthcare director, Dell UK. “Cwm Taf UHB has managed to reduce the amount of data that is stored on highest-end disk storage from 90% to 30% deploying Dell Compellent, saving the organisation a significant amount of money that can be redirected elsewhere.”

Working in collaboration with Dell Infrastructure Consulting Services, Cwn Taf UHB also deployed a Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V cluster, which delivers around 80 virtual servers. The servers support a wide range of clinical applications such as radiology, pharmaceuticals, pathology and maternity. They also cover administrative systems including Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010.

“With these upgrades to our IT infrastructure, we’re in a better position to support clinicians and staff with faster access to data stored on the network,” said Palmer. “As well as being much easier to manage from our perspective, the Dell storage solution also provides us with capacity and performance for future healthcare applications as we are able to scale the storage incrementally. We can push ahead with the development of our clinical systems knowing that we have a reliable storage platform in place.”


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