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The Dot Hill system supports the Trust in meeting UK government initiatives aimed at significantly reducing the number of NHS paper-based records. Dot Hill arrays also support a kiosk-based patient self check-in system and a renal reporting system that aids medical staff across the Trust's seven hospitals by providing links to the UK Renal Registry. The
AssuredSAN Pro 5000 systems are part of a larger IT project that will assist the Leeds Teaching Hospitals to improve the overall patient experience, while simultaneously providing seamless scalability to accommodate data growth across the entire organization.
The newly implemented AssuredSAN Pro 5720 arrays, each hosting 58TB of data connected by a new 8Gb Fibre Channel QLogic infrastructure, serve approximately 5,000 users across the Trust, allowing them to view archived patient records. The Dot Hill AssuredSAN Pro 5720 uses a combination of solid state disks (SSDs) and traditional SAS hard drives, all managed by Dot Hill's intelligent RealStor software. RealStor continuously monitors incoming data requests and migrates data sets to the most appropriate storage medium to ensure the highest possible performance. The key to this system is that the data movement occurs in real-time, unlike other auto-tiering solutions which perform data migration as a batch process at a later point in time. For many applications, RealStor real-time tiering makes a dramatic difference to performance and ultimately productivity.
"We had explored dynamic auto-tiering data storage solutions in the past but they had been beyond our budget, so when we learned that Dot Hill had brought this technology within our financial reach, we were quick to explore it," said Ian Davison, head of IT Operations at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.