Marienhospital Stuttgart finds the cure to escalating volumes of data

Supporting sophisticated treatment and diagnostic equipment with IBM technology

Published on 22-Feb-2013

"Thanks to the virtualized storage solution from IBM and Bechtle, we can improve patient care using advanced medical equipment while keeping costs low." - Jürgen Flemming, Head of IT, Vinzenz von Paul Kliniken GmbH

Customer:
Marienhospital Stuttgart

Industry:
Healthcare

Deployment country:
Germany

Solution:
Storage: Storwize V7000, Business Continuity, Business Resiliency, High Availability , Virtualization, Virtualization - Storage

IBM Business Partner:
Bechtle

Overview

Founded in 1890, Marienhospital Stuttgart is a subsidiary of Vinzenz von Paul Kliniken gGmbH. With 800 beds, it is one of the largest hospitals in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg. It employs approximately 1,900 staff and treats around 30,000 in-patients and 60,000 out-patients every year.

Business need:
To improve patient care, Marienhospital Stuttgart wanted to extend the use of modern medical equipment and provide a single source of patient data. Both aims necessitated more storage capacity.

Solution:
Marienhospital Stuttgart deployed a virtualized storage solution based on IBM technology to meet escalating data storage requirements and facilitate the deployment of new medical imaging equipment.

Benefits:
Provides the data storage capacity and performance to support new imaging equipment, boosting service to patients. Keeps hospital systems running even if the hardware fails, eliminating downtime.

Case Study

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Founded in 1890, Marienhospital Stuttgart is a subsidiary of Vinzenz von Paul Kliniken gGmbH. With 800 beds, it is one of the largest hospitals in the German federal state of Baden-Württemberg. It employs approximately 1,900 staff and treats around 30,000 in-patients and 60,000 out-patients every year.

Exploding data

Medical institutions store increasing amounts of electronic data on patients. Jürgen Flemming, Head of IT at Vinzenz von Paul Kliniken gGmbH, explains, “As medical technology becomes more advanced, many treatment and diagnostic devices provide images such as X-rays and CT scans in increasingly high resolutions. For example, our old CT scanner provided images in 16-row resolution; our new machine gives us 256 rows. In endoscopy, we now capture high-definition videos rather than low-resolution photos. Clearer images enable medical staff to make more accurate diagnoses, but also cause exponential increases in data storage requirements.”

Marienhospital Stuttgart is integrating medical devices with clinical and administrative IT systems to increase efficiency in patient treatment and data management. For example, ECG machines output results as PDF files, which are stored centrally and can be accessed from clinical systems. These files must also be held in the hospital’s central storage infrastructure, increasing data storage demands.

The hospital’s existing EMC storage infrastructure had to be expanded and improved to cope with these increasing data storage demands. Marienhospital Stuttgart engaged IBM Business Partner Bechtle to identify a storage solution that could offer greater capacity, scalability and high performance at a reasonable price. As a non-profit organization, value for money is always a priority for Marienhospital Stuttgart.

High-performance storage

To increase the total storage capacity from 50 TB to 90 TB, Marienhospital Stuttgart and IBM Business Partner Bechtle implemented an IBM® System Storage® SAN Volume Controller stretched cluster and two IBM Storwize® V7000 storage systems, one in each of its two data centers.

IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller includes the IBM System Storage Easy Tier® function, which automatically moves the most frequently accessed data onto ultra high-performing solid-state drives. Data accessed less frequently is stored on cheaper disks, reducing the need for costly high-performance disks. IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller provides a single point of management for storage landscapes, helping to reduce the time spent on storage administration. In a stretched cluster configuration, IBM SAN Volume Controller offers excellent availability and supports 24/7 operations – a key priority for a hospital.

The migration onto the new storage platform presented a complex challenge, because Marienhospital Stuttgart had approximately 60 different systems which needed to be migrated individually at night. Jürgen Flemming says, “Bechtle managed the migration project extremely well and IBM provided expert advice. The migration was quick, since some systems were migrated automatically by SAN Volume Controller.”

Increasing operational reliability

Marienhospital Stuttgart has decreased operational risks with IBM SAN Volume Controller. Jürgen Flemming explains, “Since the storage in the two data centers is now virtualized, the hospital can keep its systems running even if the hardware fails. With the previous solution, we would have incurred up to eight hours of downtime – this is a huge improvement!”

By fully automating its disaster recovery systems, Marienhospital Stuttgart has boosted operational security. Jürgen Flemming says, “Since patient files are stored electronically, if the hardware fails then medical staff cannot access information about their patients and do not know how to treat them. They cannot diagnose them or see which treatments the patients have already been given, so the hospital cannot function.”

Providing for increased storage demands in the future

The new solution has increased total storage capacity by 80 percent, providing Marienhospital Stuttgart with the extra capacity needed to meet increasing data storage demands and offer high-quality treatment to its patients.

In addition, the IBM Storwize V7000 solution has cut the time taken for system backups by 20 percent. The hospital is planning to expand the tiering functionality of IBM SAN Volume Controller, which ensures that only the most frequently accessed data is stored on costly high-performance storage disks. Tiering functionality can boost performance of IBM SAN Volume Controller by up to 200 percent. This reduces the need for additional costly high-performance storage disks as data volumes increase.

Jürgen Flemming summarizes, “Thanks to the virtualized storage solution from IBM and Bechtle, we can improve patient care using advanced medical equipment while keeping costs low.”

Products and services used

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

Hardware:
Storage, Storage: Storwize V7000

Software:
Tivoli Storage Manager, System Storage SAN Volume Controller

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