According to an independent study released by Thoughtware Worldwide, HP helped the university achieve a 346 percent return on investment, $4,8 million in savings and 146 percent internal rate of return over a three-year period. At the same time, doctors now have up-to-date information about patients with a consolidation solution that leverages virtualization and HP software technologies.
"With HP's help, we have succeeded in transforming the University of Utah Health Care's technology infrastructure so that it is successfully driving the business of operating a teaching and research hospital", stated Jim Livingston, director, Data Resource Center, University of Utah Health Care. "HP's IT Consolidation Solutions enabled us to meet our growth objectives, reduce costs, free up resources for innovation and, most importantly, meet our patient care goals."
University of Utah Health Care handles more than 900.000 outpatient visits and 23.000 inpatient admissions a year. Rapid growth and cutting-edge programmes had put its data centre, which housed more than 350 servers, under extreme stress. It had run out of space, power and cooling capacity. At the same time, the university was challenged to maintain IT alignment with its growth and medical goals.
Facing the possibility of a $7 million data centre expansion, the hospital worked with HP on an IT approach that would make it possible to simultaneously reduce cost and enhance performance, allowing the university to focus on continued improvement of patient care. HP implemented an IT infrastructure that delivers better business outcomes.
The infrastructure includes:
- Increased value and lower hardware costs: With the help of HP Services, the university consolidated 150 database, application and Citrix physical servers onto 10 HP ProLiant BL20p and BL25p server blades with VMware infrastructure. This approach achieved a 15:1 server consolidation and a reduction of the server growth requirement by more than 90 percent.
- Room for growth and reduced power and cooling costs: Installation of the HP BladeSystem p-Class allowed virtualized servers to replace physical servers that had been running at less than 10 percent utilization. By reducing physical servers by 25 percent, the university was able to cut power and cooling consumption and free up space needed to accommodate growth within the confines of the existing data centre.
- Staff savings: Through the automation of tasks, the university was able to avoid a planned increase from 20 to 40 desktop support staff, resulting in a 100 percent staff cost savings.
- Protecting critical business information: Better insight into and control over the IT environment ensures that the university's sensitive information is protected and delivered to the right people when they need it - in many cases, providing doctors with the most up-to-date medical records possible.
- Ensuring system availability for medical staff: HP Business Technology Optimization software, including HP Network Management Center and HP Operations Center, provides the university the needed insight and control over network and server functions, performance and availability, as well service-level objectives - providing 99,999 percent uptime of mission-critical applications on a 24x7 basis. Additionally, HP Systems Insight Manager helps the university's IT staff monitor server systems, delivering real-time server utilization information as well as trending information on critical transactions and data server health for pro-active monitoring and response.