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Gwinnett Medical Center Manages Data Explosion

Ranked one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals, Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) operates in a dynamic environment with steep data growth, a fast-growing suite of applications, and a space- and cooling-constrained data center. To stay ahead, GMC has established a private cloud environment and standardized on Intel® data center technologies, including the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family and 5600 series for servers and storage controllers, and Intel® Ethernet 10 Gigabit (10 GbE) Server Adapters. Rick Allen, assistant vice president of information services at GMC, says his technology strategy enabled his team to recapture 10 server racks while delivering high performance for new applications. His team manages 1 PB of storage from half a rack of IBM System Storage Area Network (SAN) Volume Controllers* (SVCs*) and is well positioned for what Allen predicts will be explosive data growth in healthcare.

• Dynamic environment, rapid data growth. GMC needs agility and performance to support new applications and handle rapid data growth cost-effectively.
• Data center limits. GMC’s data center was constrained by limitations on cooling, space, and power.

• Intel® Xeon® processors. GMC standardizes on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 product family and Intel® Xeon® 5600 series for energy-efficient performance in its servers and its IBM System Storage Area Network (SAN) Volume Controllers (SVCs).
• Private cloud. GMC virtualizes much of its server and storage infrastructure in a private cloud with VMware vSphere*.
• Intel® Ethernet 10 Gigabit Server Adapters. GMC is modernizing and virtualizing its networks with Intel® 10 GbE Server Adapters.

Technology Results
• High-capacity data center. GMC freed 10 racks in the data center and reduced its power draw, leaving room to handle growth both in the data center and in other parts of the medical center.
• Efficient data management. Allen’s IT team manages 1 PB of storage from less than half a rack of IBM SVCs, providing high throughput and enabling GMC to run modern storage optimization techniques.

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