Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust streamlines its IT

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Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust has signed a five year deal with ANS Group to implement a private cloud solution for the trust’s 8,800 staff.

The deal with ANS follows a requirement from Pennine Acute Hospitals for a flexible IT solution that copes with varying workloads, and supports the organisation’s growing information requirements.

The trust is focusing on delivering a more customer focused IT service with greater levels of resilience, performance and flexibility and also now implements a variety of revenue generation initiatives. A key feature of its IT needs is a secure multi-tenancy package, involving the provision of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), to allow potential customers to connect to the infrastructure.

ANS’ solution is based on FlexPod i3 architecture – technology developed by tech giants Cisco, NetApp and VMware. The solution will give the trust increased capacity to cater for its data storage and flexibility requirements as well as supporting the trust with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). ANS is also assisting in the further virtualisation of services for the organisations clinical systems, which will run in tandem with the wider trust infrastructure.

The announcement follows a strong first half of 2013 for ANS which included another high-ticket win in the healthcare sector, providing a cloud solution to Greater Manchester CSU and its 12 Clinical Commissioning Groups. The business has also continued to grow its managed services offering, providing support to De Vere Group and Salford City Council, and was recently ranked as the UK’s 14th fastest growing company by Investec*.

Paul Sweeney, Managing Director of ANS, said: “Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust had very specific needs for its infrastructure including increased flexibility and resilience to the organisation during periods of high workload.

“By streamlining the IT infrastructure across the trust’s entire network the various hospitals have a unified IT solution, where information and services can be shared with ease. At a time when the NHS is becoming more price conscious than ever, the i3 and VDI solution also helps the trust make cost savings on cooling and management of IT services.”

Working closely with a dedicated Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust IM&T project team, led by Jason Birchall IM&T Project Manager and Enterprise Architect, a combination of ANS’ FlexPod i3 solution, VMWare View VDI, Microsoft System Centre 2012, App-V and self-service portal has been used to create a consumer orientated solution for clinical and administrative users.

Christine Walters, Associate IM&T Director at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “ANS’ solution helps us to ensure continuity within the organisation, as a growing amount of services move to digital platforms.
“By switching to this solution we can be safe in the knowledge that our IT is suited to cope with the extra data storage demands of the organisation.”