Press Release: 25. September 2012

Australia’s Medibank Health Solutions Selects HP to Accelerate Delivery of New Services

HP Converged Infrastructure boosts efficiency and uptime for healthcare provider

SYDNEY -- HP today announced that Medibank Health Solutions (MHS) has selected HP Converged Infrastructure to deliver efficient, cost-effective healthcare services to a growing number of customers.

MHS provides telephone- and web-based healthcare services as well as walk-in wellness clinics for organizations across Australia. After being acquired by Medibank Private, Australia’s largest private insurance company, MHS experienced rapid growth, resulting in a five-fold increase in staff and greater demand for its services. However, MHS’ existing IT infrastructure was unable to meet performance and availability requirements associated with this upswing in demand.

MHS worked with HP Premier Partner Triforce Australia to deploy HP VirtualSystem as part of an HP Converged Infrastructure architecture in a new data center. HP VirtualSystem is a flexible, scalable and preconfigured virtualization solution. By pre-integrating HP 3PAR Storage, HP BladeSystem servers and HP Virtual Connect technology, the solution enables MHS to allocate resources easily across physical and virtual environments to ensure predictable delivery and service levels. As a result, MHS can rapidly provision storage based on changing network workloads while quickly delivering new services customers need.

“Our business was growing at such speed that our infrastructure quickly met its limitations, resulting in capacity and performance issues,” said Charles Gonzalez, head of Infrastructure Services, Medibank Health Solutions. “The flexibility, scalability and ease of management provided by our HP Converged Infrastructure allow us to keep pace with our business growth.”

MHS improved its data-storage performance and availability by upgrading its previous storage solution to a pair of HP 3PAR T400 Storage systems, which offer thin-storage innovations that can result in a 50 percent capacity reduction.(1)

The HP 3PAR Management Console enables MHS to provision storage for new applications with a few mouse clicks, as well as reconfigure the network without impacting end-user productivity.

In addition, MHS deployed HP ProLiant BL460 G7 server blades to run VMware and Citrix servers, as well as HP ProLiant BL685 G7 server blades to support the Microsoft® SQL database.

Installed in five HP BladeSystem c7000 enclosures interconnected by HP Virtual Connect FlexFabric 10Gb/24-port modules, and leveraging HP Virtual Connect technology that simplifies network connectivity to eliminate complexity and unnecessary expense, the HP VirtualSystem solution enables MHS to:

  • Reduce storage capacity requirements by 80 percent(2) with HP 3PAR Thin Conversion migration from MHS’ legacy storage solution, achieving a greater return on investment by reducing management and overhead costs.
  • Improve productivity with 99.999 percent uptime, providing 2,500 employees, the remote workforce and customers reliable access to healthcare services and programs.
  • Ensure rapid disaster recovery by installing one of the HP 3PAR T400 Storage systems at a separate location, and including HP 3PAR Remote Copy Software on both systems to share data from any application simply, efficiently and affordably.
  • Perform quick, proactive maintenance of IT systems to ensure consistent network uptime and 24/7 service supporting more than 3 million healthcare interactions a year.

“Organizations providing pivotal healthcare services need a technology infrastructure that can simultaneously support diverse system users and various types of workloads,” said Steve Kelly, general manager, Storage, HP South Pacific. “The HP Converged Infrastructure enables Medibank Health Solutions to provide scalable solutions that support growth while ensuring continuous operation of its daily business.”

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(1) Internal HP research: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/storage/solutions/3par/get-thin.html.

(2) Based on client results.


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