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Healthcare Center Implements Virtualization Platform: Brief

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Medical center implements virtualization platform to speed patient care, reduce downtime.

Challenges
• Existing hardware nearing the end of its life cycle
• Older hardware running out of headroom for RAM and other upgrades
• Nurses and other end users experiencing desktop slowdowns and freezes

Solutions
• Turned to American Digital for help selecting and implementing storage and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions
• Implemented HP BladeSystem* c7000 with FlexFabric, four HP ProLiant* BL460 G7 blades, and VMware vSphere* 4.1
• HP and VMware solutions are powered by Intel® Xeon® processors.

Older hardware unable to keep pace
Riverside HealthCare is a not-for-profit medical facility that serves the south suburban counties of Chicago. Riverside is nationally recognized for its specialty programs in heart care, obstetrics, and more, but nurses and office workers at the medical campus in Kankakee were struggling with the poor performance of their desktop virtual machines.

The virtual machines worked well several years ago, but as the virtual environment grew, the hardware—which was already maxed-out with processors and memory—was unable to keep pace with the growth in the virtual machine environment. Nurses and office staff reported slowdowns and freezes, and routine jobs, like charting patients, were taking longer. The nurses in particular were becoming frustrated with the interruptions to their work.

Read the full Healthcare Center Implements Virtualization Platform solution brief.