John T. Mather Memorial Hospital - IBM Client Reference Video

Published on 30-Aug-2012

"IBM told us about the XIV concept, and we were very excited. We liked the innovative technology, we liked the cloud-like configuration and, most of all, we liked the practically unlimited scalability." - Vinnie McGee, Operations Manager for Information Services, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital


Deployment country:
United States

Business Continuity, High Availability , Virtualization - Server, Virtualization - Storage

IBM Business Partner:
Siemens Healthcare


John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is a 248-bed community hospital, serving a large portion of Port Jefferson and Central Long Island. The hospital is rated as a top performer by The Joint Commission—out of 3,100 applicants, it was one of only eight New York State hospitals to receive the honor.

Business need:
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital wanted to improve availability, reliability and redundancy of patient records by digitizing and installing new, high-resolution imaging modalities.

Implemented the IBM XIV® Storage System, asynchronously mirrored, providing high-performance data storage for applications running in a VMware vSphere landscape on IBM BladeCenter® servers.

IBM XIV has given the hospital the performance, capacity and scalability to support strategic plans for further digitization and the deployment of the latest high-resolution medical imaging modalities.


John T. Mather Memorial Hospital made space for innovation by deploying IBM XIV Storage System as its strategic data storage platform. With two asynchronously mirrored XIV systems, the hospital enjoys high performance and scalability.

Video Transcript

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

Vinnie McGee, Operations Manager for Information Services, John T. Mather Memorial Hospital

We're a 248 bed community hospital. It's a small hospital but we have a lot of good big technology.

We had been using Siemens' imaging for a long time. We expanded the imaging to accommodate the medical records and then once we did that we started accumulating a lot more data than we had previously. The storage that we were currently using was reaching end of life. It was filling up quick.

We decided on the XIV. There was just a lot of features we liked about it over the traditional SAN type of setups. Depending on how big you want it, you just keep adding modules. The bigger it got the faster it got because the more modules you add you get more cache. That really was different.

We started off with the XIV on our imaging system. We saw how it works. We liked how it works. Now… it holds our billing information, medical record information, radiology information, user data. Our business office -- people that are just generating Excel files and Word files -- they all get stored in the XIV.

One of the biggest selling points was their GUI. Very easy to use. Very intuitive.

We use the mirroring technology to replicate the data, make sure it's safe, so in case there is a problem with one of our units it's saved on the other unit.

The hospital's overall satisfaction with the XIV is wonderful. We haven't had any issues with data availability or reliability since we installed them. We have seen a cost savings from all the different licensing that we avoided by purchasing a system that included everything.

I would recommend it. I've been in the business for about 24 years and it's a sweet system.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

BladeCenter, Storage: XIV

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