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Dell biting in EMC’s share


Wheeling Hospital, a community hospital in Wheeling, West Virginia, is boosting system performance and supporting new initiatives with new data center technology based on Dell solutions. By migrating from EMC to Dell storage, servers and networking, the hospital’s IT staff is able to spend less time on data center administration and instead focus on implementing critical new technology initiatives to improve healthcare delivery.

With 276 beds, Wheeling Hospital has supported the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and parts of Pennsylvania since 1850. To continue to effectively serve the region, the hospital needed to update its outdated IT infrastructure, including an aging EMC storage area network (SAN) array, and improve overnight database backups that were taking up to ten hours to complete. Wheeling Hospital turned to Dell to improve data center performance and manageability.

Wheeling Hospital reviewed multiple solutions and decided to deploy a Dell Compellent SAN for the first time. The hospital was intrigued by the ability to deploy a hybrid flash Dell Compellent solution, including both write-intensive and read-intensive flash drives as well as spinning-disk capabilities. Wheeling Hospital deployed two Dell Compellent SC8000 flash-optimized arrays, each with 60TB of storage.

The hospital also deployed ten PowerEdge R720 rack servers, as well as two PowerEdge R910s for its database platform. Additionally, Wheeling Hospital upgraded its networking environment from 1-Gigabit switches to four Dell Networking 8132 switches, which provide 10-Gigabit Ethernet capabilities.

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