LSU Health Sciences Center works with Dell, Intel and VMware to complete first phase of server virtualization programme

New Orleans 26 February 2007The Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Sciences Center in New Orleans (LSUHSC-NO) has completed the first step of a virtual server environment that will help ensure access to critical patient, research and business data, even in the event of natural disasters. LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans - comprising schools of allied health professions, dentistry, graduate studies, medicine, nursing, and public health - worked with Dell to develop a flexible, easy-to-implement and reliable IT infrastructure recovery plan that would allow operations to function, even if the main campus was disabled.

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Dell, with VMware, Intel and EMC, proposed the creation of a virtual server infrastructure that allows LSUHSC-NO to run multiple applications and operating systems independently on a single server, creating an environment where IT administrators can quickly move workloads from one virtual workspace to another.

By April 2007, the centre and its technology partners will complete the creation of a virtualized server environment comprised of Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell/EMC storage at its New Orleans facility and at the Louisiana Department of Public Safety in Baton Rouge. Once the project is complete, administrators can balance 1,5 terabytes of data between the two sites, giving the LSUHSC-NO staff the capability to quickly transfer and recover data in the event of a disaster.

"Each of our organisations creates and shares vast amounts of data. In order to ensure access to information, we must have a strong IT infrastructure specially designed to fit our needs", stated David Troendle, assistant vice chancellor of information technology at LSUHSC-NO. "Creating the optimal data centre with the perfect settings and configuration takes time and resources", David Troendle added. "With a virtual environment, we can bypass the laborious set-up phase and construct a duplicate site in minutes."

"Virtual server environments give organisations exceptional flexibility and scalability of IT resources", stated James Coffin, Dell's vice president of health care. "This increase of overall efficiency will allow LSU Health Sciences Center to create back-up systems that will help them prepare for potential disasters."

Among its six health professional schools, LSU Health Sciences Center educates about 70 percent of Louisiana's physicians and 75 percent of its dentists, as well as nurses, allied health professionals, public health professionals and research scientists.

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Founded in 1998, VMware is specialized in virtual infrastructure technology. Over 4 million users and over 20.000 corporate customers depend on VMware for solutions to their server consolidation, business continuity, improved software development and testing, and desktop manageability and security needs. VMware is a wholly owned subsidiary of EMC Corporation. EMC Corporation is a developer and provider of information infrastructure technology and solutions that enable organisations of all sizes to transform the way they compete and create value from their information.


Leslie Versweyveld

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