IBM to Provide Storage Infrastructure for healthAlliance

IBM systems and technology to manage significant data increases in health sector

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Auckland, New Zealand - 29 Jun 2011: IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a major data storage infrastructure refresh for healthAlliance, New Zealand’s largest shared services organisation for the health sector. The NZ$1.6 million deal will enable healthAlliance to significantly improve data storage capacity and resiliency as it adds new services and centralises further services from the Northland, Waitemata, Auckland and Counties Manukau District Health Boards (DHBs).

IBM’s storage and server virtualisation technology will be used to store data and improve the overall level of resiliency of the storage infrastructure which hosts the partner DHBs clinical and administrative systems for over 26,000 users. 

The upgrade was driven by the existing Storage Area Network (SAN) coming to end-of-life and healthAlliance requiring additional storage for clinical and business systems as well as adding new services for DHBs.

“As an organisation we face vastly increasing storage requirements, driven in part by the addition of new regionalised services for partner DHBs and also by the general health sector trend to automate clinical and administrative processes,” says Abinesh Krishan, healthAlliance’s Senior Manager Technology Services. “By selecting IBM’s enterprise level systems we have purchased not just additional storage but also the smarts to virtualise and then report on the data usage, improving information lifecycle management.”

“All modern health systems depend on robust and scalable data storage to provide vital IT services and this IBM refresh project supports an organisation of strategic importance to New Zealand’s health IT infrastructure,” says Andrew Fox, Systems and Technology Group Manager, IBM New Zealand.   “IBM is assisting healthAlliance to improve data storage resiliency and rationalise its overall infrastructure, which in turn will enable faster, more reliable access to IT for clinical and administrative users.”

In addition to its single-architecture storage system, IBM XIV, IBM’s solution includes SAN Volume Controller software for virtualising and managing multiple storage units as one, and the Tivoli Storage Productivity (TSP) Centre which reports on and monitors storage growth.

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