IBM Enterprise Storage Server Key to Storage Consolidation at Aetna U.S. Healthcare's Prudential Unit

Country's Leading Health and Related Benefits Organization Selects 25 Terabytes of ‘Shark' Storage

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San Jose, CA - 07 Dec 1999: . . . IBM announced today that Aetna U.S. Healthcare® has selected IBM's recently released Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) to store and manage claims and encounter information from the Prudential HealthCare (PHC) businesses -- now owned and administered by Aetna U.S. Healthcare. The Enterprise Storage Server -- code-named 'Shark' -- is the most advanced disk storage system available and provides data-intensive companies like Aetna with unsurpassed performance and scalability.

Located at Aetna U.S. Healthcare's Jacksonville, Florida data center, the 'Sharks' will provide a single, centrally managed site for PHC files, including information on policies, health insurance claims and prescriptions. By selecting 'Shark,' Aetna U.S. Healthcare is well-prepared to deal with future increases in its storage needs, due to the massive scalability of the IBM Enterprise Storage Server, which is powered by Seascape architecture.

"After the Prudential HealthCare acquisition, one of our first priorities was guaranteeing fast but completely secure access to data files. We knew that the increase in data from both companies would be overwhelming without the right architecture and scaleable storage capacity," explained John J. Brighton, CIO of Aetna. "'Shark' provides three crucial requirements: high availability since these documents need to be accessible at all times, scalability to grow with our constantly expanding storehouse of data, and high performance to allow quick access to the data."

For Aetna U.S. Healthcare, the move to an IBM 'Shark' storage system lowered operational and asset costs. "The superior price performance of 'Shark,' combined with IBM's unique storage software functionality, made the move to the ESS a logical business choice," said Brighton.

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