Leeds Mental Health Teaching (MHT) NHS Trust has appointed CSA Waverley to virtualise its server and storage infrastructure after identifying business continuity and disaster recovery as critical elements of its ICT strategy.
The move will ensure Leeds MHT can serve its patients and staff seamlessly in the event of a system failure at the same time as improving ICT infrastructure costs, saving space and reducing complexity. Leeds MHT is leading other NHS organisations in becoming fully compliant with the latest Information Governance guidelines produced by the NHS.
CSA Waverley will be delivering a high end solution that consolidates storage to one central location and virtualises all servers to bring business agility and operational efficiencies to the Trust. In doing so, the Trust will be ensuring its daily operations will continue regardless of any technology or data issues.
Dave Shelley, Head of ICT at the Trust, said: CSA Waverley has been creative in its response to our brief with a value for money solution, reusing our existing hardware to operate as shadow servers for business continuity purposes. The team is also delivering a unique automated tape back up system and library technology. Our IT team no longer has to worry about back up as a daily task, we can actually focus on our core role of managing and maintaining the system to help users deliver a better service to the public.
In addition, they will be implementing the very best HP blade server technology and VMware to virtualise and simplify our complete infrastructure. The change from physical to virtual servers will enable us to maximize our existing technology investments, respond faster to changing operational growth, save us time, space and wastage. Our new system will use 3 rather than 30 physical servers.
This win follows a recent streak of form for Buckinghamshire based CSA Waverley, following a strategic partnership with Catalist approved technology services provider Probrand.
The alliance enables CSA Waverley to provide infrastructure and storage solutions to the public sector without the need for lengthy tender processes. Probrand is providing a gateway to the public sector as one of six suppliers approved to the governments Catalist framework, the largest framework agreement of its type, worth around 2BN.
The relationship has already delivered 1M of new business for CSA Waverley in three months.
CSA Waverley Managing Director, Andrew Boyle, said: Our expertise is in serving the NHS and our work with Leeds MHT is further proof we can provide innovative, value for money best-in-class solutions that will help any NHS organization make significant steps towards hitting efficiency targets.
CSA Waverley was established in 1983 and is a leading provider of end-to-end IT infrastructure solutions majoring in healthcare and manufacturing markets with products from leading manufacturers such as Hewlett-Packard (Unix and Windows servers), Microsoft, Intersystems, Cisco, Citrix, Veritas and VMWare. The company prides itself on customer service excellence and technical consultancy.
Established in 1992, Probrand is a major supplier of top branded computer products - ranging from a floppy disk to a fully implemented network. Located in the heart of Birmingham, and employing more than 50 people, Probrand is a multi million pound corporation servicing a wide range of business customers throughout the UK.