St George’s Hospital, Christchurch selects Pure Storage to support ‘state of the art’ services

St George’s Hospital, Christchurch.

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St George’s Hospital in Christchurch deployed systems from Pure Storage to ensure high-speed access to critical information.

The charity hospital’s IT team embarked on a digital transformation program in 2020 to address significant critical data management challenges that emerged during the COVID19 pandemic and an increase in the volume and complexity of those data.

Established in the early 1920s and opened in 1928, St George’s is one of New Zealand’s largest private hospitals. It has invested heavily in technology and innovation to position itself at the forefront of medical service delivery.

The surgery department was moving patients’ paper clinical records to new digital medical records, and the Cancer Center’s use of high-resolution images in treatment plans resulted in a much larger data footprint.

A strategic review also revealed that it was possible to migrate traditional paper documents to a digital platform.

However, St George’s legacy storage environment was struggling to meet growing capacity needs. An end-of-life storage environment was causing speed and performance issues, and the hospital’s digital transformation plans required greater scalability. Cybersecurity concerns were also growing.

The hospital needed a new storage environment to help it deliver peak services.

“We reassessed the hospital’s storage needs and thought about our future needs,” said Fenton Kitchen, the hospital’s chief digital officer. “We concluded that we needed to migrate to a faster, more efficient storage cluster, and we selected Pure Storage’s FlashArray//X to accelerate our core applications.”

The change provided St George’s with greater capacity and performance with less risk, he said.

“We worry less about security risks and cyber threats knowing we have an optimized and up-to-date secure platform.”

Kitchen said the system has helped the hospital provide superior patient care through fast and reliable system access, maintain high resiliency to keep systems running during potential natural disasters, and provide the storage scalability needed to support digital transformation.

“We wanted to get the new Pure Storage system up and running quickly because our storage needed to be ready to support an additional workload at the height of the pandemic,” he said.

The hospital’s IT team was able to deploy quickly with remote support from the Pure Storage team. Once the hardware was delivered to site in St George’s, the Pure racks were mounted in less than six hours.

The deployment is backed by real-time monitoring and updates from a cloud-based management platform, promising a potential 3-to-1 data reduction ratio.

The hospital also chose Pure Storage’s Evergreen storage model to allow IT staff to quickly expand storage as needed. Since moving, the hospital has not only increased its storage capacity, but also gained in speed and fluidity of integration with its VMware environment.

SQL connection stability for applications had improved, and backups and snapshots were also much faster.

The St George’s team has also implemented ActiveCluster and advanced data protection measures that help maintain availability and provide high resilience against unforeseen events.

“Undertaking a digital transformation project during the pandemic was extremely brave on the part of the IT team at St George and Pure Storage were proud to be able to help them see it through with our simple yet powerful modern data solutions. said Pure Storage NZ Managing Director Stuart Blythe.

As reported last month, Pure Storage is pursuing a Storage-as-a-Service strategy, enabling its partners to generate annuity revenue.



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