Oakwood Healthcare System Selects IBM Servers and Storage to Meet Growing Business Needs

IBM To Power Oakwood Health's Human Resources and Financial Applications

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ARMONK, NY - 31 Oct 2003: IBM® today announced that Oakwood Healthcare System has deployed IBM's eServer™ and IBM TotalStorage® systems over competing products from Hewlett Packard to power its mission critical human resources and financial management applications. As part of a massive server consolidation project, the company expects that the performance of the IBM technology will decrease technology costs by up to 15 percent each year and increase overall application upgrades and run-time by as much as 20 percent.

Oakwood Healthcare System is a comprehensive regional network of four hospitals, 15 healthcare centers, two skilled nursing centers and numerous related healthcare facilities throughout southeast Michigan. With a medical staff of more than 1,200 physicians and employing more than 9,500 associates, Oakwood Healthcare System specializes in emergency medicine, cardiovascular, orthopedics, oncology, numerous surgical specialties, women's and children's health, geriatrics and neonatology, and healthcare service to more than 1.2 million people in 35 southeastern Michigan communities.

"Prior to this upgrade, we reviewed Sun and HP servers on a price and performance comparison to IBM systems. The excellent support from IBM and potential for long-term return on investment with IBM's UNIX® servers made the difference," said Brian Perlstein, Senior Technical Consultant, Design & Infrastructure Group, Oakwood Healthcare Systems. "We also chose IBM over Sun and HP because of IBM's leadership in UNIX technology, that IBM servers can run thousands of applications written for the AIX® operating system, and IBM's consistency on delivering servers designed to provide greater price and performance, reliability and scalability features over the competition."

To meet its growing needs and service level requirements, Oakwood upgraded its five-year-old PeopleSoft HRMS and Financial Management applications and consolidated its distributed UNIX server environment onto three new IBM eServer pSeries® servers in one data center. Oakwood staffers are now tapping into two p670 systems, running the AIX 5.1 operating system and PeopleSoft HRMS software for payroll and benefits administration applications, as well as a p680 server running PeopleSoft Financials for accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger, inventory, and asset management functions. An IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server linked to the pSeries systems, is designed to support 24/7 data availability and centralized storage management, backup and disaster recovery.

"Companies like Oakwood Healthcare have come to the conclusion that running their mission critical applications on IBM technology is the best way to save technology costs, improve performance, and maximize their infrastructure," said Karl Freund, Vice-president, pSeries product marketing, IBM Systems Group, IBM. "IBM eServer pSeries and TotalStorage systems give customers the reliability, scalability and availability they need to manage a growing technology environment without fear or hesitation."

With fewer servers running more powerful processors, the IBM pSeries systems installed at Oakwood are designed to deliver greater reliability and lower electricity, maintenance, operating and system administrator costs. With the POWER4™ processor technology on the pSeries servers, Oakwood has seen a significant reduction in processing time and increased user productivity. For example, payroll processing functions have reduced from three days to two days.

By taking advantage of the logical partitioning (LPAR) capabilities on the pSeries 670 servers, Oakwood administrators can add, remove, or move system resources such as processors, memory, PCI Adapters and I/O according to the needs of the applications running on the server. Applications run independently of other applications on the same server, which allows administrators to shift allocated resources between LPARs, if necessary.

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