Customer Case Study – UPMC Beacon Hospital | Comsys

May 2013: Comsys, a leading Dublin based technology consultancy, has today announced the successful implementation of a cutting edge IT transformation solution for UPMC Beacon Hospital. The hospital now has a flexible, resilient IT server and storage infrastructure that can scale easily as its needs change and data grows.

The new IT infrastructure was required to support the Hospital’s mission critical Meditech application which controls all the records of patient care and treatments. The solution Comsys implemented consisted of architecture design, technical implementation, training and long term support.

The project value is €150,000 but the cost savings in terms of upgrades and maintenance of older technology means the project will almost have paid for itself in year one alone.

From a technical perspective, the solution involved deploying six virtual machines running the production environment built on VMware vCentre.  For storage a new EMC VNX 5300 SAN was installed with EMC FAST (fully automated storage tiering) suite and two Brocade switches. To meet the demanding backup requirements, two EMC Data Domain DD160s were deployed – one in the primary hospital site, the other in the UPMC datacentre in the US, with replication to the secondary site four times a day.

David Mulqueen, IT Manager for UPMC Beacon Hospital said; “Patient care is the top priority for everyone in the Hospital and using Meditech allows us to have a very efficient system of managing all records of patient care and treatments. Comsys were chosen to design and implement this system as it was essential to have a reliable supplier who could support us in the long run, but it was also critically important that we experienced no downtime on the Meditech application during this IT hardware transformation process”

“The project was completed in good time and on budget. We now have a server and storage infrastructure that is highly scalable and resilient, whilst delivering the high level of performance we require to support the hospital into the future,” he said.

Ben McGahon, Managing Director of Comsys said, “UPMC Beacon Hospital now has an extremely flexible, resilient, high performance server environment which allows the integration of additional applications over time. The business risk profile of this system has been significantly reduced and at the same time, there have been significant cost savings on disk upgrades and maintenance of older technology,” he said.

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From left to right; Ben McGahon, Managing Director of Comsys and David Mulqueen, IT Manager for UPMC Beacon Hospital