SEHSCT appoints Novosco to install Trust-wide EMC backup solution
Belfast, September 30th 2010 - Novosco, Ireland’s leading provider of virtual and cloud IT infrastructure and services, today announced it has been appointed to implement a centralised data backup and recovery environment throughout the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT).
Built on EMC’s Avamar backup platform, where disk is the primary backup storage medium, the need for tape based backup regimes is removed – a benefit universally welcomed amongst the Trust’s ICT department. This disk based backup also means that Trust staff can forecast future growth in capacity with greater accuracy, and budget for it accordingly. With capacity based growth and scalability, the need for inherent resilience is all the greater. This has been provided by configuring the installed solution with Redundant Array of Inexpensive Nodes (RAIN) architecture. RAIN architectures in this type of environment offer data-storage and protection systems that are more distributed, shareable and scalable, as well as being cheaper to deploy and maintain.
Moreover, the new environment will provide greater flexibility for ICT administrators, by way of global de-duplication of data both at source and target destinations. This ensures that duplicated objects are identified at source and only objects not already stored are sent across the network, thus saving time, effort, whilst reducing network traffic. Such benefits to the Trust are in addition to the fact that the solution works on standard IP network architectures, removing the need for a dedicated backup network.
The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust was formed in April 2007 by the merger of the Ulster Community Hospital Trust with Down & Lisburn Trust. It is an integrated organisation, incorporating acute hospital services, community health and social services and serves a population of approx 440,000 people. It employs over 10,000 staff delivering a range of health and social care services across the local government districts of Down, North Down, Lisburn and Ards.
Stephen Stewart, Assistant Director for ICT & Telecommunications said, “Novosco’s EMC accreditations and experience in delivering this type of solution, along with their relationship with EMC was instrumental in the Trust choosing Avamar for its backup regime. Global de-duplication for backing up the remote sites as well as its built in resilience makes this offering very compelling.”
John Lennon, Sales Director for Novosco, said “SEHSCT’s approach to data backup and recovery is undoubtedly the right one. Removing the logistical headache of tape based backups and centralising the process will ensure that the already over-stretched ICT team can focus on the delivery of healthcare applications and infrastructure to the healthcare professionals and ultimately benefit patients. It will be the blueprint for other organisations of this size and scale in Northern Ireland.”
Novosco is one of Ireland’s leading providers of virtual & cloud IT infrastructure and network services. With established hardware/software vendor partnerships with Cisco, Citrix, EMC, Microsoft and VMware, Novosco offers the highest level of accreditation in Ireland for Virtualisation solutions. The Novosco CloudStream™ range of solutions is leading the industry with Cloud networks and hosted Cloud servers / applications.
Novosco has provided solutions to a range of clients including government establishments and private sector organisations of all sizes, such as the Queen’s University Belfast, Burlington Hotel, SIAC Construction, Windsor Motors and many more.
For more information visit www.novosco.com
From 1 April 2007, the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has assumed responsibility for the services delivered by the Ulster Community Hospital Trust and Down & Lisburn Trust.
Both legacy Trusts which join to form the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust have a successful and distinguished history and come together to provide an integrated and comprehensive range of health and social care for the people in the local government districts of Ards, North Down, Down and Lisburn.
As outlined in its corporate plan 2009-2010, the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust will:
• improve the health and well-being of the people we serve in partnership with key stakeholders;
• provide person centred, safe and effective care and
• ensure best value for money.
The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust employs over 10,000 staff, providing services for more than 440,000 people in its catchment area.