Ramsay Health Care UK Replaces HDD With Violin Memory’s All Flash Arrays Achieving Business Transformation

Network of hospitals and treatment centers deploys Violin flash storage platform to achieve zero downtime architecture with improved overall enterprise productivity

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--()--Violin Memory®, Inc., (NYSE:VMEM) a global pioneer of award-winning all flash storage platform solutions for primary storage and active workloads, was chosen by Ramsay Health Care UK to replace their hard-disk based infrastructure with all-flash storage to improve application performance and eliminate downtime. A private healthcare provider in the UK, with 30 hospitals and two specialist neurological units, Ramsay Health Care UK is a subsidiary of Ramsay Group, which operates in Australia (HQ), France (Santé) and Indonesia, with over 25,000 worldwide employees and 100+ hospitals.

Ramsay’s business application – Cambio COSMIC– is a PAS (Patient Administration System) database running on SQL, which supports all patient records, care information, and appointments, and underpins the booking services provided to patients and clients. Slow application performance and unplanned downtime on their primary data platform have tangible and critical implications on business, and patient care, as well as customer satisfaction. Their existing hard-disk drive environment was proving to be a bottleneck and constraints on data center space was a limiting factor in investing further in the disk platform to address performance and latency issues. Since deploying the Violin all-flash arrays, Ramsay has had uninterrupted service from the flash platform, while failure rates in their disk platform have continued to occur with increasing regularity.

“Stability was a key issue in our disk and virtualization platform, further impacting IT’s ability to deploy crucial updates to our key application – Cambio COSMIC – as well as the infrastructure supporting it. These issues were exacerbated under peak operating times,” said Geoff Cross, CIO at Ramsay Health Care UK. “With the Violin platform, we achieved stability and improved performance in all three business applications that were migrated, making crucial firmware updates a seamless viability. We no longer have to invest in legacy disk storage and can actually repurpose the disk drives for backup.”

Other benefits include:

  • Dramatic improvement in application performance for Ramsay’s Cambio COSMIC SQL database, along with their JD Edwards Oracle database and their SQL Data warehouse, to the dedicated Violin all-flash storage tier now available in their virtual storage pool.
  • Ramsay can now explore changes at the application level to fully leverage the Violin flash platform and resolve outstanding inefficiencies in their server core usage.
  • Nightly reports that ran reporting functions against all three applications to generate billing, scheduling, performance and invoicing reports for their 30 UK hospitals and clinics now complete before the morning shift, allowing employees to work against the most recent data.

“This is what business transformation is all about,” said Amy Love, CMO of Violin Memory. “A single platform that has a myriad of benefits beyond just CAPEX and OPEX. With the Violin platform, Ramsay Health Care can transform and fine tune how they run their business to drive efficiency as well as customer satisfaction.”

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About Violin Memory, Inc.

Business in a Flash. Violin Memory, the industry pioneer in All Flash Arrays, is the agile innovator, transforming the speed of business with enterprise-grade data services software on its leadership Flash Storage Platforms™. Violin Concerto™ OS 7 delivers complete data protection and data reduction services and consistent high performance in a storage operating system fully integrated with Violin’s patented Flash Fabric Architecture™ for cloud, enterprise and virtualized business and mission-critical storage applications. Violin Flash Storage Platforms are designed for primary storage applications at costs below traditional hard disk arrays and accelerate breakthrough CAPEX and OPEX savings while helping customers build the next generation data center. Violin Flash Storage Platforms and All Flash Arrays enhance business agility while revolutionizing data center economics. Founded in 2005, Violin Memory is headquartered in Santa Clara, California.

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About Ramsay Health Care

Ramsay Health Care was established by Paul Ramsay, in Sydney, Australia, in 1964 and has grown to become a global hospital group operating 151 hospitals and day surgery facilities across Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Ramsay Health Care facilities cater for a broad range of health care needs from day surgery procedures to highly complex surgery, as well as psychiatric care and rehabilitation. With circa 14,500 beds, the Company employs over 30,000 staff across five countries and treats over 1.4 million patients per annum.

The Company is well-respected throughout the health care industry for operating quality private hospitals and for its excellent record in hospital management and patient care. Ramsay Health Care focuses on maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety; being an employer of choice and operating its business according to The Ramsay Way philosophy: “People Caring for People.” For more information, visit www.ramsayhealthcare.com

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Contacts

EMEA Press contact:
Wildfire PR
Alex Perryman, +44 208 408 8000
violin@wildfirepr.com
or
US Press Contact:
Walt & Company
Stephanie Johnson, 408-369-7200 x1048
sjohnson@walt.com