Sun Healthcare Group
Sun Healthcare Group, operators of more than 200 skilled nursing, long-term care, assisted living and mental health facilities in 25 states, worked with Dell to virtualize its data center to reduce its number of physical servers by 58 percent. Built on Dell™ PowerEdge™ 1855 and 1955 servers, the company expects to see a 100 percent reduction in third-party break-fix costs, and has already achieved a 50 percent reduction in space requirements for the data center worth a projected $21,000, and significant improvements in power and cooling costs. Sun reports that it has also achieved real improvements to its disaster recovery plan, including a 99 percent faster server recovery and 100 percent success rate in disaster recovery testing.
A key aspect of Sun Healthcare's work with Dell was the physical relocation of a data center obtained through an acquisition. Dell used a Virtualization Readiness Assessment to give Sun a range of options that ultimately enabled them to virtualize 46 servers down to eight, making the move of the servers cross country from Boston to Albuquerque, N.M. much simpler. The move happened over a weekend with zero disruption to end users.
"This project enables us to eliminate servers in the field and bring them to a safer, central environment where we can ensure they're backed up, and the patient data on them is better protected," said Slayton Austria, CIO of Sun Healthcare.
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