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SAN to Trim Healthcare Provider's Costs

Notwithstanding a few horror stories to the contrary, technology can improve operations, and one U.S. healthcare provider hopes to head that way by implementing a storage area network.

California-based Blue Shield expects to save $700,000 a year by consolidating its server and storage networks into one system.

With the savings it will realize from redesigning its IT infrastructure, Blue Shield hopes to better manage the increasing medical and pharmaceutical costs associated with providing its services. The company has around 2.3 million customers.

The project Blue Shield is undertaking is a radical refit that involves shifting over from 126 existing servers to 40 Dell Computer Corp. (Nasdaq: DELL) PowerEdge servers configured into a Dell PowerVault storage area network (see Blue Shield Selects Dell).

This means replacing 3,300 desktop computers with Dell OptiPlex machines, as well as hooking up 500 Dell notebooks: No mean feat by anyones standards, and attaching all this to a SAN isn’t cheap either.