Salisbury NHS win with ANS’ Infrastructure


ANS Group has announced that it has won a contract worth in excess of £1m to revolutionise the IT estate at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. The IT Solutions provider, recently named as Cisco’s Data Centre and Virtualisation Partner of the Year 2010, will implement their ground-breaking Infrastructure 3.0 solution to virtualise the Trust’s network, improving performance, reducing the carbon footprint and drastically cutting costs. It is estimated that the new solution will save the Trust a minimum of £200,000 over the life of the solution.

Salisbury District Hospital has long been well regarded for the quality of care and treatment that it provides for patients and for its innovation, commitment and professionalism. This has been recognised in a wide range of achievements and it is reflected in the award of NHS Foundation Trust status; this is afforded to a minority of hospitals that provide the highest standards of care. The Trust has a set of values and beliefs that show a commitment to provide the best possible care and treatment for its patients. These values and beliefs also influence thinking when planning services and highlight the positive way in which they view their staff, patients and the local community.

The Trust has decided to partner with ANS to drive a wholesale change to their IT strategy that will be based upon the award-winning Infrastructure 3.0 architecture. The entire estate will be virtualised using VMware, high-performance and data-efficient NetApp storage, and Cisco Unified Computing System and Nexus, leading to huge savings in Operational Expenditure due to the vast reduction in physical hardware, improved data-storage capacity and the elimination of costly annual maintenance bills, and a reduction in Capital Expenditure for future expansion.

The Trust will also experience significantly improved Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery capabilities as the solution designed by ANS will provide Salisbury with dual active/active Data Centres with Infrastructure 3.0 allowing full system restoration to take place within 15 minutes should there be a failure in one of the centres: this ensures the high availability all of the medical-grade applications. Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust also now has the ability to utilise applications seamlessly across the two Data Centres with complete transparency, no longer is an application tied to a single location.

Linda Dunham, Infrastructure Architect & System Support Manager, says, “We were concerned that our OPEX was continuing to rise as our IT infrastructure expanded, so when ANS were able to demonstrate that we would save money by investing in Infrastructure 3.0 it was the perfect fit for the Trust. The ROI for this solution is fantastic, and the huge savings that we have made are obviously hugely welcomed. We have also significantly improved our Disaster Recovery capabilities and that is very important to us.”

Andy Barrow, Technical Director at ANS Group, says, “Once again we are seeing that by embracing the innovative, next-generation technology of Infrastructure 3.0, organisations such as Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust can make substantial cost savings while providing a markedly improved service. It sounds too good to be true, but time and time again ANS are proving the ROI within NHS organisations, and we proud to be able to help to improve the level of service that Salisbury can offer to its patients.”