May 2010 Prospect Hospice in Wroughton Deploy Highly-Available IT System

Prospect Hospice, a charity based in Wroughton, Wiltshire that provides dedicated end of life care, had an IT system that Geoff Bryan, their IT Manager, wanted to improve. Geoff was keen not only to improve the IT experience of his end-users but also the reliability of their mission critical applications and servers.

Geoff worked with Clarity IT Advisors to devise a very cost effective Highly Available (HA) solution. Clarity IT recommended virtualisation and a solution based upon Hyper-V in Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 using DataCore SANmelody as the storage foundation.

"The solution proposed by Clarity IT Advisors was a perfect fit. DataCore SANmelody is proven and cost effective and is backed up by 24/7/365 support. I’m confident our data is highly available and of good integrity. Hyper-V gives us all the features we need, like Live Migration, and complements our extensive experience in managing Windows servers. SANmelody and Hyper-V have given the hospice levels of availability that were previously far beyond our budget."

As Prospect Hospice is a charity Geoff pays special attention to the total cost of ownership and not just the initial purchase price. "The total cost of ownership is very important to us. Every penny wasted is a penny not spent on patient care. This solution was affordable and we knew upfront what our running costs for the first three years would be."

Since the deployment Geoff has been able to replace their existing Windows 2003 Terminal Servers with Windows 2008 R2 based Remote Desktop services further improving the IT experience for staff and volunteers at the hospice.

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