PHR, based in Annandale, Va., is dedicated to helping thousands of Maryland, Virginia, and DC patients improve the quality of their lives. From skilled nursing to therapy to personal care and hospice, PHR helps those recovering from recent hospitalization or illness, those facing their final days, or those who just need some assistance with the activities of daily life. Founded in 1994, PHR cares for over 2000 patients per day.
Facing high data growth and increasing application performance demands, PHR began searching for a new scalable, but cost-effective storage solution to augment its existing hard disk based storage systems. In 2012, PHR looked into a variety of alternatives and determined that the hybrid arrays from a number of start-ups and the newer Dell EqualLogic solutions were not cost-effective and didn’t have the balance they needed between performance, cost and environmentals.
After taking advantage of the Astute 30-day no risk “try and buy” offer and talking with Astute customer references, it was clear to PHR that Astute ViSX indeed delivered the simple to deploy, cost-effective storage I/O performance acceleration they needed.
“The difference in performance between our existing storage array and the ViSX appliance was like night and day,” said Hussein Sh-Ibrahim, IT Director for PHR. “The ViSX deployment was very easy and the entire solid state solution was surprisingly affordable. Productivity and efficiency is up, and our employees can now quickly access patient data like never before. Backups that used to take four to five hours, now complete in less than an hour, enabling us to perform other backups that we were not able to do before. If you want fast performance quickly, get ViSX.”
Today, six IT professionals support the entire PHR network of servers, networks, storage, clients, and applications. The physical datacenter infrastructure is based on dozens of HP and Dell servers, including virtual machines, communicating over an Ethernet/iSCSI network to a shared Astute ViSX Performance Storage Appliance. Healthcare applications, primarily related to patient care, are built around Sybase databases. For employee collaboration, PHR relies on a MS SharePoint environment which contains critical operational information supporting company productivity.
By adding a purpose-built ViSX Performance Storage Appliance to its physical and virtualized environments, PHR now has access to performance-optimized datastores that rely exclusively on solid state flash technology. As a result, PHR has:
• Dramatically improved database application performance
• Increased sustained random IOPS performance for virtual machines and virtual desktops
• Delivered “fantastic” SharePoint response times
• Improved backup completion times by four to five times
• Lowered data center costs related to power, cooling, and floor space
Going forward, PHR plans to implement approximately 200 virtual desktops to improve desktop support, enabling an easier to manage, more reliable infrastructure for the end user devices – tablets and Windows PCs. The company is confident that with the Astute ViSX storage appliance in place, the storage infrastructure to support a scalable VDI implementation is no longer a concern.
“PHR is an excellent example of the typically rapid return on investment our customers experience with our ViSX performance storage appliances,” said Len Rosenthal, senior vice president marketing of Astute. “We continue to hear time and again from our customers how Astute helps them overcome the performance limitations they experience with traditional and hybrid storage solutions, especially in virtual server and virtual desktop environments.”
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Astute is the leading provider of performance storage appliances for physical and virtual environments that increase performance, enhance user productivity, and lower IT costs. The company’s ViSX family of Networked Flash appliances is based on a 100% solid state Flash technology that cost–effectively delivers a high number of sustained IOPS to dramatically increase application performance. Powered by its patented DataPump Engine™, ViSX overcomes performance limitations by non-disruptively delivering shared performance to all servers and virtual machines over pervasively deployed Ethernet networks. ViSX is available through the company’s network of authorized AstuteNet channel partners. For more information, visit www.astutenetworks.com.
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