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Rijnstate hospital entrusts Proact with its IT infrastructure and service provision

September 2015 by Emmanuelle Lamandé

Rijnstate hospital, a center of medical excellence in the Netherlands, has chosen Proact as its partner to deliver and partially manage its IT infrastructure.

Rijnstate’s IT infrastructure is reaching the end of its service life and its current environment no longer meets the needs and wishes of hospital management.

One important requirement was for the flexibility, scalability and availability of the IT infrastructure to be increased, so Rijnstate wanted to differentiate between a production platform and an archive platform for the rapidly-growing quantities of digital images within the hospital. The new solution has to be a stable and robust IT environment with sufficient flexibility to respond to enquiries from end-users.

Henco Hendriksen, acting Automation manager at Rijnstate, says, “Choosing a solution is one thing, but who we are working with is at least as important. Proact is a mature business with specific knowledge of the hospital market. In their advisory role they have contributed brilliantly within today’s changing IT infrastructure market. It’s also ideal that from our years of cooperation we already know that we can rely on the high-quality Dutch-speaking support 24x7 that a hospital needs. The new platform will offer enormous flexibility so end-users can receive a proactive and positive response to their needs and wishes.”

In addition to continued service provision for the out-tasking of the backup environment, two new expansions to the IT infrastructure will be provided by Proact. Rijnstate has decided to replace the current NetApp storage with NetApp Metrocluster, a Clustered Data ONTAP OS, for the IT infrastructure components of the production environment. This means that with an extremely flexible IT environment medical specialists can rely on the desired availability and performance of data from the EPD and the PACS environment.

For the archive platform a combination has been chosen with a scalable EMC Isilon solution to offer an environment from an archiving layer that can meet the demand for growth of various digital images in a cost-efficient way. A common problem in hospitals is resolved.

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