October 7, 2008 - The Interior Health Authority (IHA) of British Columbia standardized on VMwares virtualization and management suite, VMware Infrastructure 3, to improve the resiliency, manageability and performance of essential applications while cutting costs for the western Canadian government agency.
IHA provides health care services to more than 750,000 residents of British Columbia through a network of 183 hospitals and offices across the southeastern portion of the province. With the volume of electronic data growing by orders of magnitude in recent years, IHA found itself adding as many as 10 hardware servers each week to keep pace with business demands. The space requirements and costs made that pace unsustainable.
IHA brought in VMware to help the agency gain control over its IT environment by reversing the server sprawl and providing a more efficient way to manage critical applications and data stores.
We needed to make a change and the VMware platform was the key enabler, said Kris Jmaeff, information system security specialist, Interior Health Authority. We wanted to get a handle on our hardware requirements and, just as importantly, we wanted an application environment that could scale reliably. VMware addressed both those issues and much more. By giving us greater control and predictability over application performance and availability, VMware is actually helping us improve patient care. And over the long run, it should deliver millions in cost savings by slashing server procurement dramatically.
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