Global ICT provider, Dimension Data, has helped move Mercy Health’s data centre environment to the cloud.
Engaged by Mercy Health last year, Dimension Data has moved all production workloads and disaster recovery capabilities for the organisation into a hybrid cloud solution, and upgraded the network for the Mercy Hospital for Women.
Dimension Data general manager cloud, Dave Hanrahan, said about 112 servers had to be migrated with every application reconfigured and reinstalled, and some required extensive upgrades to operate in the cloud.
“This meant the process of identifying, sizing and categorising all the applications by priority and level of sustainable downtime was key, so that server mapping could be optimised with minimal disruption to the business,” Hanrahan said.
Mercy Health, which comprises Mercy Hospital for Women, Mercy Werribee Hospital, Aged Care, and Home and Community Care, has stated it has become the first integrated health services provider in Australia to fully migrate into the cloud.
“We were in a position in our technology lifecycle where it presented a great opportunity to update our data centre environments so they could most effectively support our business needs,” Mercy Health CIO, Dmitri Mirvis, said.
“Through the consolidation and virtualisation of our environment we have been able to provide a very stable production environment, what you might call ‘elastic IT’. We can grow very rapidly to support new workloads when needed, the model is consumption-based so we only pay for what we use, and importantly, it enables our own IT department to focus on supporting the business to deliver better IT solutions.”
Mirvis said Dimension Data’s private cloud solution enables the automatic provision of infrastructure for applications as required, while their data centres are compliant with all the security, privacy and service standards.
“We didn’t want to be running a data centre and didn’t want our team spending the majority of their time on IT maintenance and fighting fires, but that was the reality of the situation,” Mirvis said. “Now those necessities are taken care of, we’re able to concentrate on the development of projects and applications that will drive our organisation forward, and really demonstrate the value of IT to the business.
“With a stable and standardised IT infrastructure in place we are now well positioned to deliver improved applications and services to our hospitals and growing aged care and community care businesses that will improve their productivity and service delivery.”