Plymouth health community cuts data storage costs


Plymouth health community cuts data storage costs

Antony Savvas

Plymouth Healthcare Community has deployed a more cost efficient data storage system in its datacentre.

The Plymouth Healthcare Community comprises Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, Plymouth Teaching Primary Care Trust and around 50 GP practices.

It has deployed the FalconStor IPStor system in its 18Tbyte datacentre.

The NHS community estimates that its IPStor virtualisation platform has reduced labour costs and time by the equivalent of one storage administrator, while the flexibility of the storage system has directly saved £100,000 of capital investment through the redeployment of existing equipment and the capability to use cheaper storage.

Rob Harder, ICT infrastructure manager at Plymouth ICT Shared Service, said, "The IPStor virtualisation platform has given us the flexibility to deliver a cost effective data storage solution across our enterprise, enabling us to mix our limited capacity, high performing and relatively expensive disk arrays, with our lower-end, inexpensive disk arrays in a highly resilient and high availability environment."

He said management and support overheads of the previous traditional storage area network have been reduced and routine maintenance access has improved.

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