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NHS Stockport overhauls data centre

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Cisco, Cohesity and CDW were appointed with reforming the groups data services

NHS Stockport has overhauled its data centre and backup infrastructure to meet the challenges of running a network of hospitals and clinics across various sites.

Global networking specialist Cisco, together with data management vendor Cohesity and technology services provider CDW, were appointed to carry out the transformation.

Led by Hugh Hughes, network and unified communications lead at NHS Stockport, the project resulted in 20x faster app performance and substantial multi-year cost savings on licensing.

As part of the upgrade, the trust also required a new remote backup solution to help it meet UK regulations around data handling, privacy and security.

Hughes said: “When you have disparate systems and too many management tools, there can be problems with backups, integrations and licensing. We no longer have those problems, thanks to CDW, Cisco and Cohesity.

“We now have the right data centre infrastructure in place, and we know we’ll get more out of it in the months and years ahead.”

Cisco delivered its HyperFlex hyperconverged infrastructure service, as well as its Intersight SaaS systems management platform and its application centric infrastructure.

Cohesity software was installed on Cisco UCS servers to provide data management tools, fast backup, and data recovery capabilities.

The platforms were installed across the trust’s two data centres, providing integrated backup, archiving and file storage capabilities.

Joachim Mason of Cisco said: “Having a simplified, robust and resilient data centre infrastructure is important for any organisation, but for healthcare providers, it can be critical. That’s why we’re proud to support NHS Stockport together with Cohesity and CDW.

“Our hyperconverged infrastructure solutions and SaaS management platform means that the foundation gets a simplified, holistic view of its data centre, while also saving costs and speeding up critical applications.”

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