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Palomar Pomerado Health goes virtual with IBM

Its time to make the customers the heros! They go through a lot after listening to nusts like us all the time, so they deserve to also share some limelight when they go virtual.

PPH choose IBM's SAN virtualized storage.

Why did PPH go through this migration and embrace virtualized storage?

PPH knew it needed to go much further into digital hospital management. Paper-based file and record and booking systems just couldn't cope. It was going to add another hospital and move to fully digitised medical records for its patients. A $496 million bond issue had provided the finance for this.

It also wanted to introduce a new and customized computerized physician order entry (CPOE) program, a digital physician bedside care system, in 2009. To do that it needed a better IT infrastructure than the inflexible one it currently had. It needed a storage system which would allow it to migrate files from one storage array to another without shutting down major parts of its IT infrastructure.

Cerner Corporation, an IBM business partner and software supplier to PPH, suggested that it move to more powerful servers and add two tiers of storage alongside the ageing ESS array, and, in a crucial move, virtualise these three pieces of storage into one logical pool behind IBM's SVC. This would both increase the utilization of storage capacity and provide appropriate levels of storage service and cost to different types of data, and also enable files to be moved from one array to another, or from one storage tier to another, without interrupting users' and applications' storage service at all.



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