Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust (DHFT) are a a Specialist Trust providing Mental Health, Learning Disability, Addictions, Community Brain Injury and Community Dental Services for over 700,000 people in Eastern Dorset and a number of services across the whole of Dorset.

They had a pressing need for data centre space to meet growing requirements. However, sited on a limited power supply, expanding the data centre was not possible as the main power phase was stretched to the limit.

Healthcare IT specialist MCSA, developed a creative resilient solution that unlocked space, reduced power draw and provided a flexible future proofed infrastructure.

The Challenge
The Solution

MCSA used a Novell PlateSpin PowerRecon Assessment to qualify that DHFT could consolidate its existing estate of over 30 servers, reducing power requirement and saving space.

The team developed a value for money plan to consolidate the Trust’s Windows server estate, based on HPE DL Servers, but maintaining some existing HPE UNIX technology for flexibility.

Virtualisation became the only feasible option given the constraints of the challenge. Three HPE blades running VMware ESX and two management blades have been introduced.

The Results

The application of VMWare and blade architecture has paved the way for future projects to consolidate and migrate both live and legacy UNIX systems to a virtual environment.

The team had to design a tight implementation plan with little tolerance for downtime, given a need to test and introduce the virtual infrastructure before cooler autumn months, when the Trust’s power requirement classically went up.

Equally, the team had to design a staged and managed process of build and migration as the poor power availability limited parallel operation of new and old infrastructures.

The Benefits


“We have consolidated our infrastructure by 67% and saved 74% on our energy bill thanks to a refined and efficient data centre that meets green IT imperatives.”

Dorset Healthcare | Healthcare


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