Press Release: 05. June 2012

HP CloudSystem Helps Nuffield Health Deliver High Quality Patient Care

UK's largest health charity boosts IT efficiency with HP Converged Infrastructure

LONDON, UK, June 5, 2012 – HP today announced that Nuffield Health, the UK's largest health charity, has selected HP to ensure that all of its facilities deliver the same high standards of patient care. A robust, high-performance HP Converged Infrastructure based on HP CloudSystem and HP Storage will deliver a centralised infrastructure-as-a-services platform, helping Nuffield Health to deliver efficient, cost-effective healthcare services to 300,000 people a year.

Nuffield Health operates more than 300 facilities across the UK including 31 private hospitals, 65 fitness and wellbeing centres, and six medical centres, and works with more than 1,600 businesses to support their employee wellbeing programmes. It employs 13,000 staff.

Our IT environment is constantly evolving as the organisation grows, and we need a flexible scalable platform to help us achieve our goals,” says Claire Myerson, CIO, Nuffield Health. “We selected HP to help us on the cloud journey from a largely physical environment to a more virtualised platform with a geographically resilient infrastructure. HP CloudSystem is a reliable and open platform supporting both VMware and Microsoft SQL that will enable 99.999 percent service availability across all our facilities. The benefit for Nuffield Health is the centralisation of services and increased agility that this platform provides, enabling us to respond rapidly to the challenges and demands of our customers both internal and external.”

Deployed by HP partner Richardson Eyres in conjunction with HP Technology Services cloud deployment specialists, Nuffield Health’s virtualised HP Converged Infrastructure will deliver IT capacity on demand. Consisting of five HP CloudSystem Matrix solutions and an HP 3PAR V400 Storage system linked by HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Modules, the HP Converged Infrastructure will make the organisation’s IT services, applications, servers, storage and networks flexible, dynamic and available on-demand.

The superior manageability of HP CloudSystem Matrix will enable Nuffield Health’s IT team to allocate resources easily across the physical and virtual environments to ensure predictable delivery and service levels. Complex infrastructure and applications can be provisioned in minutes instead of months. Changing from rack-mounted servers to HP server blades will save floor-space and costs.

HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Modules will allow Nuffield Health’s IT team to fine-tune network bandwidth at the server edge, allowing just the right amount of bandwidth based on application needs and enabling massive virtualisation through increased network density.

Nuffield Health will boost its data storage performance and availability by consolidating its resources with HP 3PAR V400 Storage. The IT team will be relieved of tedious manual administration through autonomic provisioning and management, minimising future disruption and saving the operating costs of unused disk capacity. HP 3PAR Thin Provisioning Software fully integrated with the HP CloudSystem for on demand provisioning, will enable Nuffield Health to purchase only the disk capacity they actually need, as they need it. The centrally managed storage environment will be flexible and scalable, giving the IT team the ability to change and expand its data storage provisioning without pre-planning or downtime.

HP will enable Nuffield Health to move to the cloud, unleashing the full performance, stability and manageability benefits of their virtualised IT platform,” says David Chalmers, HP CTO Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, EMEA. “Nuffield Health will be able to offer service availability to support the highest levels of patient care.”

HP’s premier client event, HP Discover, takes place June 4-7 in Las Vegas.

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