Kingston PCT got 99 problems but a switch ain’t one – hit me!

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ANS replace hip hop misogyny with Nexus technology to bring Kingston PCT’s data centre into the 21st Century.

ANS Group has won a contract with Kingston PCT to upgrade the Trust’s entire Cisco core data centre with Nexus 7k, 5k and 2k products. The Manchester and London based business solutions provider will install the Nexus switches to replace the core network that was no longer fit for purpose, and to prepare the network for a new and improved storage solution.

ANS will replace the Trust’s core LAN infrastructure; currently comprising of end-of-life Cisco Catalyst 4506 and 3550 switches. The ANS Group solution is based solely on Cisco technology and provides a highly-scalable, resilient, future-proof and feature-rich architecture in which all devices will benefit from dual redundant power supplies.

The new Nexus 7000 series switch is a 10GB best-of-breed switch that provides integrated resilience combined with features optimised specifically for the data centre for availability, reliability, scalability, and ease of management. Introduction of this switch into the Trust’s core network prepares it for improvements to back-up and storage. A Nexus 5k switch will replace fabric switches and provide fibre channel and Ethernet at the same time, allowing network consolidation in the data centre. The solution will also improve the Trust’s resiliency and disaster recovery capabilities.

James Edwards, Network Manager working on behalf of NHS Kingston, said, “We knew that we needed to replace our core network and the ANS and Nexus solution not only solves our immediate issues but also improves other areas of the IT estate and prepares us to upgrade our storage technology. We are delighted that we will be able to make these improvements and look forward to continuing to be able to serve the people of Kingston with best-of-breed IT solutions.”

Paul Sweeney, MD at ANS Group, said, “It is excellent to see the enhancements that will be made to the network at Kingston by the implementation of this Nexus technology. Not only does it immediately provide a better service for their staff, it puts in place a platform for them to begin to make significant savings with a new storage solution. ANS remain as proud as ever to be helping the NHS to improve service and cut costs.”

NHS Kingston was formed in 2001 to commission services and administer programmes to help to maintain and improve the health of Kingston residents. In April 2011, the Trust became part of the NHS South West London Cluster of Primary Care Trusts as part of the move towards GP commissioning. The Trust’s vision is to improve the health of people in Kingston by improving the quality of services, reducing health inequalities and preventing ill health.

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