The healthcare services provider has now deployed Coraid VSX storage virtualization appliances coupled with Coraid EtherFlash solid state disk (SSD) arrays to create a high-performance, cost-effective, fully resilient solution that eliminates any single point of failure in their Microsoft Dynamics environment. Coraid EtherFlash is a storage solution that combines the powerful functionality of flash drives with the parallel scale out architecture of Coraid EtherDrive to give leading price/performance for I/O intensive applications.
With around 1,000 employees caring for more than 150,000 patients a year, Healthcare at Home Limited (HaH) is the UK's largest provider of home healthcare services. The company’s team works with the NHS, pharmaceutical organisations, private medical insurers, consultants, GPs and charities from locations throughout the UK to offer a nationalised service from a local base.
Healthcare at Home's rapid growth regularly presents interesting IT challenges. The company recently upgraded to a Microsoft Dynamics CRM system for a more scalable and flexible solution suited to its expanding business. This new system achieved many innovations and efficiencies but a combination of factors, such as a subsequent increase in the number of users and systems connecting to the Dynamics CRM system also meant that a more effective data storage solution had to be sourced.
The team, lead by IT infrastructure manager Luke Johnson, started looking for a fast, resilient, cost effective storage system. After watching Coraid’s two minute set-up video and holding an initial meeting with the vendor, it decided to purchase a small unit to assess in its development environment; this trial proved to be extremely successful, with Coraid’s array delivering excellent performance. As a result Johnson’s team went ahead with the purchase of a Coraid VSX featuring SSDs for additional performance.
"On both occasions Coraid delivered exactly what we wanted and performed above our expectations. We knew at that point that using a Coraid system to support our SQL cluster underpinning Microsoft Dynamics was a no-brainer," said Luke Johnson, IT Infrastructure Manager at Healthcare at Home.
Peter Godden, Senior Director for EMEA, added, “Coraid’s EtherDrive technology opens up a new world of storage possibilities with the scalability and agility required by current and future virtual and cloud environments, and it does so without compromising on reliability or accruing the hefty costs associated with older legacy storage systems.”