Auckland DHBs get storage boost from IBM

Shared services body for DHBs selects IBM for new storage system

HealthAlliance, the organisation that provides the Auckland, Northland, Waitemata and Counties-Manukau District Health Boards with shared services, has announced that it has selected IBM for a $1.6 million storage upgrade.

The package selected by healthAlliance includes IBM’s single-architecture storage system, IBM XIV, as well as SAN volume controller software and Tivoli Storage Productivity Centre software.

In a statement from IBM, healthAlliance senior manager of technology services, Abinesh Krishnan, says “As an organisation, we face increasing storage requirements, driven in part by the addition of new regionalised services for partner DHBs and also by the general health sector trend to automate clinical and administrative processes.

“By selecting IBM’s enterprise-level systems we have purchased not just additional storage but also the smarts to virtualise and then report on the data usage, improving information lifecycle management.”

The storage upgrade came about after healthAlliance’s existing SAN, an HP one, came to the end of its life.

Clinical and administrative systems that serve more than 26,000 users across the four DHBs will be hosted by the new storage system.

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