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Healthcare company gets hyper: hyper-converged for VDI


Rich_Holmes_headshot.jpgBy Rich Holmes, HPE Software-Defined Storage Specialist

Quick deployment and simple management made HPE Hyper Converged the easy choice

I’ve been seeing a renewed interest in virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as organizations struggle to centralize intellectual property and sensitive information, keeping it in the data center. One area I am seeing this in the most is healthcare where you find large databases, HIPPA requirements, distributed offices, etc. With all available time spent on security and compliance, internal IT doesn’t have the time to design and test the underlying infrastructure. With a validated reference architecture for VDI, it seems like a perfect opportunity for HPE Hyper Converged systems. 

Sonora Quest Laboratories shares its hyper-converged story

When I heard about Sonora Quest Laboratories deploying HPE HC 250 systems for VDI, I wanted to know the details. I found out that Sonora Quest is an integrated laboratory system servicing over 7,000 clients throughout Arizona including hospitals, physicians, and managed care organizations performing over 75,000 diagnostic tests per day. That’s a lot of data. Looking to roll out a new virtual desktop infrastructure solution that could grow up to 3,000 users, they knew they needed a scalable enterprise architecture, and ultimately decided on an HPE Hyper Converged solution.

WARNING! I’m going to get technical for a minute – I know many of you know this already, but for those of you not aware: HPE Hyper Converged is built upon HPE StoreVirtual Software-Defined Storage and HPE Apollo Server hardware, which provides up to 4 independent compute nodes, 96 physical CPU cores, 2TB of RAM and hybrid storage in a 2U footprint delivering 99.999% uptime out of the box. Using OneView InstantOn, an entire vSphere Cluster can be deployed in as little as 15 minutes, including VMware vCenter, virtual shared storage and management components. Once deployed, the solution can be scaled non-disruptively using additional HPE Hyper Converged systems or other StoreVirtual technology appliances.

Sonora Quest started with 300 users on a single hyper-converged appliance with predictable scale to 3,000 users and beyond using less than 10 appliances. Initially investigating Nutanix, Sonora Quest decided on HPE HC 250 instead, because of its rapid deployment, non-disruptive scalability and ease of administration using OneView Management. Rather than simply addressing the hyper-converged appliances, OneView for vCenter offered Sonora Quest management capabilities across the entire datacenter including networking, physical servers and storage, converged systems, and hyper-converged infrastructures. Built on StoreVirtual technology, HPE Hyper Converged systems allow Sonora Quest to replicate to or integrate with existing compute and storage assets maximizing existing IT infrastructure reducing the overall cost of implementation. When Sonora Quest heard that, they were ready to sign up.

So now they’re all set to grow, without the typical infrastructure growing pains. Almost seems too easy, doesn’t it?

Hear it for yourself! Check out this video of Sonora Quest telling their story.

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I have been working across the HPE portfolio for over 12 years marketing hot topics including storage, software-defined, big data and hybrid cloud.

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