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Rush Memorial Hospital Selects ETERNUS SAN for Great Expandability

"The ETERNUS SAN offers great expandability so as our need for storage increases we can easily add new drive enclosures and hard drives of different sizes. Compared to the other vendors, it was half the expense so it really ticked all our boxes"

Bobby Herron, Senior Systems and Network Administrator, Rush Memorial Hospital

The customer

In 1892, Dr. John Sexton founded the first hospital in Rushville, one of the first in Southern Indiana. The present Rush Memorial Hospital was then opened in 1950 and has since undergone a series of extensions. In 1971, the hospital added an emergency department and modernized ancillary service areas. In 1997, another expansion added state-of-the-art imaging services, new surgical suites and an updated rehabilitation therapy area. Most recently, 2006 saw the addition of a new medical office building alongside enhanced cancer care facilities and a conference center to host educational and community events. Currently, the hospital has 25 beds and handles approximately 10,000 emergency room visits each year.

The challenge

Rush Memorial Hospital wanted to replace its old storage platform with a new SAN that would boast better performance and enhanced stability and scalability.

The solution

It worked with Fujitsu to configure a virtualized storage solution comprising a Fujitsu ETERNUS DX500 S3 with AdvancedCopy Manager and SF Storage Cruiser. This platform now supports over 100 applications including the critical medical records system.

The benefit

  • The Fujitsu solution was half as expensive as competitive offerings, allowing Rush Memorial to stay within its limited budget
  • It outperforms its predecessor by 50 percent, enabling users to be more productive
  • The solution is endlessly scalable, so that Rush Memorial can expand capacity as it grows
  • Although the SAN has not failed once since it went into production, next-day support ensures that any issues will be dealt with quickly