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Top UK Hospitals Get Set for Storage Growth

One of the U.K.s top health care organizations is looking for a speedy ROI after a major overhaul of its SAN infrastructure, which slashed its backup times and overhauled its disaster recovery strategy.

The St. Helens & Knowsley Trust, which is located in the north of England, has been rated as one of the top organizations within the country’s National Health Service (NHS), and provides free health care to around half a million patients a year.

With about 1,000 beds in its Whiston and St.Helens hospitals, the Trust provides data storage for around 10,000 users in the Merseyside area, but realized last year that its existing SAN infrastructure needed a major overhaul.

”In terms of capacity, we had to do something,” explains Phil Corrin, the Trust’s assistant director for Informatics, explaining that its two 15-Tbyte HP EVAs were almost three quarters full. “[But] we didn’t do the simple thing of upgrading the SANs.”

Instead, Corrin and his team opted to add an archiving system to the existing infrastructure, deploying two 30-Tbyte NetApp SAN boxes and Symantec backup software.

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