Chicago health system rolls out $3M virtual data center

By Bernie Monegain
07:24 AM

Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS) of Cook County, Ill., has deployed a unified virtual data center infrastructure, worth nearly $3M, to serve the operational needs of some two dozen facilities across the Chicagoland area.

CCHHS tapped Minneapolis-based Datalink for the virtual data center.

The cloud solution dramatically speeds up access to patient care data for thousands of clinicians and staff personnel while giving the CCHHS a data center infrastructure that is ready for future growth, health system officials said.

Serving more than 500,000 patients each year, CCHHS is a comprehensive, integrated system of healthcare facilities throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County. The John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital, Provident Hospital and Cook County Department of Public Health are among its entities.

Datalink served as strategic adviser on the project, as well as designed and deployed compute, network, and storage components into a single, unified architecture called FlexPod.

Based on a Datalink-validated reference architecture, the FlexPod solution features technologies from NetApp, Cisco and VMware and is designed to deliver high-performance, highly available, and secure access to data.

Datalink leveraged the capabilities of the virtual data center infrastructure and also deployed site-to-site and failover disaster recovery capabilities.

In addition, Datalink upgraded CCCHS’ backup operations with new infrastructure and software from Quantum and Symantec.

“Datalink provided the right-sized solution that fit our operational and financial needs,” said Marlon Burns, chief technical officer of CCHHS. “Datalink demonstrated the expertise and experience to seamlessly and effectively implement our virtual data center. The private cloud solution delivers measurable data center efficiencies and enables our staff to quickly access the data they need to care for our patients.”

“The CCHHS deployment is a prototypical example of how a unified solution covering architecture, delivery and support, aligned with business goals, can drive real value for customers,” noted Paul Lidsky, president and CEO, Datalink. “This integrated program provides Cook County Health and Hospitals System with an infrastructure that delivers performance today and a migration path for the future.”